PORT ANGELES – The Pirate men won in dramatic fashion Saturday night to join the women in a tie for first place in the NWAC North, going into a two-game road swing this week.
Sophomore Chris Reis banked home a left-handed scoop shot in traffic, at the buzzer, to lift the Pirates over Edmonds 73-72 Saturday, following a blow-out women’s game that saw the Pirates dismantle the Tritons 87-35.
The men moved into a first-place tie with Edmonds, both at 6-2, while the PC women remained in a three-way tie with Skagit Valley and Bellevue, all at 5-1.
The Pirates travel to Whatcom on Wednesday and then to Everett on Saturday, before returning home Feb. 17 against Skagit Valley.
PORT ANGELES – The Pirates are right where they want to be after the first of two rounds of North Division play.
The Peninsula women are 6-1 in conference, 15-5 overall, and tied for first place with Skagit Valley and Bellevue. Everett (4-3) trails in fourth place. The top four teams from the North will advance to the NWAC playoffs.
The Peninsula men are 5-2 in conference, 12-9 overall, and all alone in second place in the North. Edmonds leads the division at 6-1 and Everett and Olympic are tied for third at 4-3.
BREMERTON – The Peninsula College women improved to 4-0 in conference play with a 68-57 win over Olympic Wednesday night, but the Rangers defeated the Pirate men for the first time in six years, dropping Peninsula from a six-team first-place tie in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division.
The NWAC’s fourth-ranked Pirate women (4-0, 13-4) remain in a first-place tie with Skagit Valley (4-0, 14-6) and will face their toughest conference test to date when they travel to Bellevue (3-1, 13-4) on Saturday afternoon.
Parity is the word in the NWAC North, where Edmonds, Everett and Olympic improved to 3-1 with wins last night, while the Pirates (2-2, 9-9) fell into a tie with Skagit Valley and Shoreline, all at 2-2. The NWAC’s second-ranked Orcas of Whatcom are 1-3 and perennial North power Bellevue remains winless in conference play. The Pirates play at Bellevue on Saturday night.