Men's Basketball

Pirate Basketball

PIRATE NEWS

When: July 13-16th, 9am-Noon

Where: Peninsula College Gym

What to Bring: Gym Shoes, Water Bottle, and a Basketball

The Peninsula College Pirates will be putting the “fun” back in fundamentals during our Summer Basketball Camp. Our goal is to create a safe and fun learning environment that will teach kids good habits both on and off the basketball court. We will focus on skills like ball handling, passing, shooting, defense, and many other basketball concepts. If you’re interested in basketball, and want to work with college coaches and athletes to improve your game, then come join us July 13-16 for Pirate Summer Basketball Camp!

Sign up online at http://piratebballcamp.brownpapertickets.com/

Or sign up by cash or check at the door on July 13th

KENNEWICK – The Pirates went 3-1 to capture third place at the 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, Peninsula College’s third-best finish in school history.

The PC men, the fourth seed from the North Division, opened the tournament by upsetting top-seeded Clackamas, and proceeded to dispatch Highline in the second round before falling to tournament runner-up Edmonds, the NWAC’s No. 1-ranked team, in the semifinals.

Peninsula then rallied with a pair of free throws from sophomore Jal Deng with three seconds remaining to beat Green River in the game for third and fourth place on Tuesday afternoon.

“Words cannot express how proud I am of our players, managers, coaches and our athletic support staff for the commitment they have made to the countless hours of practice, video, scouting, and the community events that go into preparing to have success on the basketball court,” second-year head coach Mitch Freeman said. “That started in September and is just now coming to an end.” 

“Our guys made a great run that started with thrilling victory over Skagit Valley to put us into the NWAC Tournament,” he said. “Once we got to the tourney we focused on that one game that was in front of us and nothing else. Coach Jon Ing and coach Brian Shirley were instrumental in all aspects of scouting that allowed our guys to prepared for all 4 games in the tourney.”

PORT ANGELES – It didn’t take long for head coach Mitch Freeman and his staff to reach the postseason.

In just his second year as the skipper of the Pirate ship, Freeman recruited a team that not only posted an unprecedented 3.5 team grade point average fall quarter, but a team that became the 11th since Peninsula College resurrected men’s basketball in 1996 to qualify for the Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championships.

“Our guys are very excited about the trip to Tri-Cities and we will be sure to embrace this experience,” Freeman said.

His Pirates  (7-7, 14-12) placed fourth in the North Division and will tackle the No. 1 seed out of the South, Clackamas (11-3, 19-10) at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick in the first round of the 16-team men’s tournament.

“They are a well-coached team with depth and experience at almost every position,” Freeman said of the NWAC’s fifth-ranked Cougars. “They have post players who are strong and change shots near the basket. They have a dynamic backcourt with Jaylen Edwards, who knows how to run a team, and the south region MVP Brandon Halter, who is one of the best shooters we will have faced this year. I think we match up well against them, but we will have to know where Brandon Halter is at all times and attempt to keep their post players from getting easy looks inside.”