MOSES LAKE – The Peninsula men made the long trip to Eastern Washington last weekend to take on the Big Bend Vikings in a pair of back-to-back non-conference games.
The host Vikes proved too much for Peninsula, winning 81-67 Friday and then stopping the PC men again on Saturday, 86-58.
Next up for the Pirates is the West Region Crossover Tournament, set for Friday through Sunday at South Puget Sound in Olympia. The PC men (3-5) take on Walla Walla (3-4) at 5:00.
PORT ANGELES – Home court advantage is something you can bank on.
Pirate fans enjoyed a pair of wins at the third annual First Federal Pirate Classic where the Peninsula men made their 2014-15 home debut with a thrilling 61-60 win over Centralia on Saturday, before returning to the home court Sunday where they sank the Clippers of South Puget Sound 70-59.
Peninsula 61, Centralia 60
A large crowd filed into the Pirate gym for the home opener Saturday when fans were treated to a hard-fought battle that saw the lead go back and forth all night.
Peninsula led 31-28 at halftime, but suffered some chilly shooting in the second half and could not shake the Trailblazers. The game came down to the wire. Centralia converted on a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to lead 60-59. The PC men inbounded to Ryley Callaghan, who sped up the court, drove through a pack of Blazer defenders and put up a running jump shot in the lane. The shot did not go down, but Deonte Dixon, in his first game as a Pirate, followed with a buzzer-beating tip-in to win the game and electrify the crowd.
Centralia held Peninsula’s leading scorer Ryley Callaghan to a season low 14 points, Dixon overcome some nerves and rust, hitting only 4/15 from the field and 2/9 from beyond the arc to also put up 14 points, Malik Mayeux hit for 12 points, including a 6/7 free throw effort, and Domach Domach added nine.
MOUNT VERNON – With four road games now under their belt, the Pirates are ready to make their home debut this weekend at the Pirate Classic, sponsored by First Federal.
“This will be a great opportunity for the home fans to come see this great college basketball team,” Director of Athletics Rick Ross said. “Coach Mitch Freeman and his staff have put together a team that this community will really enjoy watching.”
The Pirates (1-3) will open the annual four-team event at 7 p.m. Saturday against Centralia (1-2), following a 5 p.m. game between Skagit Valley (2-1) and South Puget Sound (0-2). Sunday’s schedule has Centralia vs. Skagit at 1:00 and Peninsula vs. South Puget Sound at 3:00.
Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55), veterans and college students. Youth 17-under will be admitted free.