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Darrion Daniels

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates reached the playoffs for the third straight year, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 19-9 record, the most wins to date under fourth-year head coach Mitch Freeman.

The PC men placed second in the North Region, one game behind Shoreline, and then went two rounds into the 2017 Northwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championship Tournament, beating Portland 70-62 in the first round before bowing out to an athletic and talented Tacoma Titans team 75-64 in the Elite 8.

“This team came together quickly, with nine new players and four sophomores and one redshirt freshman,” head coach Mitch Freeman said. “With little playing experience together as a team, they were able to compile 19 Wins, a second-place finish in the Division, and a trip to the Elite 8 at the NWAC championships.”

The Pirates will graduate sophomores Alex Baham, Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, and Omar Lo in June, but return a very strong core of players, who will be hungry to compete for an NWAC championship in 2017-18.

“We had great leadership in Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, and Jalon McCullough to help lead their teammates through the challenges of a basketball season,” Freeman said. “We will miss all of our sophomores: Darrion Daniels, Alex Losee, Alex Baham, Omar Lo, and redshirt Freshman Jalon McCullough as all will be graduating this spring and summer and moving on to the four-year level.”

Freeman will have a talented and deep team back next year, ready to take the Pirates even further into the post season. Back will be freshmen Kevin Baker, Blake Cosgrove, Zach Day, Cole Rabedeaux, Sam Velez, and Trent Warren, as well as red-shirts Jarrod Felix, Colby Jackson, and Elijah Williams.

2017 Mens All-Region

PORT ANGELES – Pirates Jenise McKnight, Alicia Dugan, and Tai Thomas received Northwest Athletic Conference All Region women’s honors, Darrion Daniels and Jalon McCullough earned All Region recognition for the men, and four Pirates, Dugan, Thomas, Cami Butler and Alex Baham, were named to the NWAC’s All-Academic Team, as announced Monday.

McKnight, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, who averaged 12.93 points and 8.04 rebounds per game, was named to the North Region’s First Team. Dugan, a sophomore from Renton who led the Pirates in scoring with 13.96 points per game and in steals with 2.33 per game, was named to the North Second Team. Tai Thomas, a sophomore from Honolulu, Hawaii, was named to the North Region All-Defensive Team.

Dugan, Thomas and Cami Butler, a sophomore from Sandy, Utah, all earned NWAC All-Academic honors.

“Jenise, Alicia, and Tai have worked hard all year and have been our team captains throughout the season as well,” Crumb said. “Alicia has really come alive offensively in the second half of the season and is such a motor player. She just goes, goes, goes, and eventually she will get something for us, whether it be a three, a steal and a lay-up, or a couple shots at the free throw line. “Jenise is probably the most versatile and athletic forward/post in the league. She moves well and can beat people from beyond the arc, in the paint, or in the open floor. She has a great jumper and a very quick first step. There have been very few teams that have a defender that can handle the workload of Jenise. Tai is our most consistent player. She takes shots when she is open, and is always a factor on the boards. She moves well defensively for her size, and is usually tasked with guarding the best player on the other team. She has been very stable for our team and we hope she continues to be that constant force at the NWAC tournament.”

Coach Crumb also praised their work in the classroom.

“Our team works hard in the classroom and Alicia, Tai, and Cami are a prime example of what a student first athlete should be,” she said. “I can’t wait to see where their academic futures take them.”

For the men, Jalon McCullough, a red-shirt freshman from Fairbanks, Alaska, was named NWAC North Region Freshman of the Year and also a spot on the First Team. He was the second leading scorer for the Pirates, averaging 11.85 points per game, and also second in assists with 3.69 per game.

Darrion Daniels, a sophomore from Las Vegas, was also named to the North Region First Team. He led Peninsula in scoring with 16.84 points per game, assists with 3.88 and was second in rebounds with 5.32.

“Both Darrion and Jalon are big reason that our team has been able win 18+ games for the past 2 years,” Freeman said. “They have bright futures at the next level and we are excited they have been a part of the PC Family.”

Freeman went on to say that Daniels made an immediate impact on the program.

NWAC Playoffs 2017 men

EVERETT - The Pirates (9-5, 18-8), the No. 2 seed from the North, will open the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday against Portland (9-7, 12-14), the No. 3 seed from the South.

The game will be live streamed by NWAC Sports Network and also shown live in the Pirate Union Building on the PC campus.

The winner of Thursday's game in the 16-team, single-elimination tournament will play the winner of the North Idaho vs. Tacoma game at 2 p.m. Friday.

The two teams met back on Nov. 26 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament where the Pirates defeated the Panthers 78-65.

The Pirates are led by Darrion Daniels, who is averaging 17 points and four assists per game, as well as Jalon McCullough, a red-shirt freshman (12 ppg), Cole Rabedeaux (11 ppg) and Alex Baham (10 ppg).

Portland's key players include Andre McCowan, who is averaging 21 points a game, as well as Gabe Garrett (17 ppg), Katahdin Bosco (15 ppg, 9 rebounds), and Cameron Retherford (13 ppg).

NWAC championships

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula College men and women will both go into the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championships as the second-place seed from the North Region following the final night of league play Wednesday where the Pirates fell to the Orcas at Whatcom.

The tournament bracket will be announced Sunday at a first-ever NWAC Basketball Tournament Selection Show, streamed from the NWAC Sports YouTube channel.  The women’s show begins at 2 p.m. and the men’s will follow at 3 p.m.

The Pirate women finished in a three-way tie for second place with Bellevue and Everett, all at 10-4 in league play, but will go as the No. 2 seed by virtue of North Region tiebreaker rules. Bellevue will be the No. 3 seed and Everett No. 4. The first round of the 16-team, single-elimination women’s tournament is March 11 at Everett Community College.

The PC men finished all alone in second place with a 9-5 record, one game behind 10-4 Shoreline. The Pirates open play in the 16-team single-elimination men’s tournament March 9 at Everett.

EDMONDS – The Pirates swept the Tritons at Edmonds Saturday and in doing so, the men clinched a spot in the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. The PC women had already punched their return ticket to the 16-team tournament.

Both the women and men wrap up North Division play Wednesday at Whatcom. The men (9-4, 18-7) still have an outside chance of tying for the league championship, but they would need to defeat the Orcas and they would also need Everett to upset Shoreline. The Pirate women (10-3, 18-8) need a win Wednesday to sew up second place and avoid a possible three-way tie with Bellevue and Everett for second, third and fourth places.

The top four teams from each of the NWAC’s four divisions qualify for the championship tournament. This year’s event is a single elimination format and all games will be played at the Everett Community College gym. The men will narrow the field from 16 to eight with eight games slated for March 9, and then from eight to four with four games on March 10. The Final Four is set for March 18-19 at Everett. The women’s opening round is March 11 and the second round is March 12. The women’s Final Four will also be played March 18-19 at Everett.

PORT ANGELES – Sophomore Night didn’t play out the way the Pirates and their fans were hoping, but both teams are still in position to advance to the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament.

It will be the sixth straight year that head coach Ali Crumb will see post season action and, should the Pirate men win one of their final two games, it will be the third straight year for men’s head coach Mitch Freeman. The tournament gets under way March 9 in Everett and runs through March 19. The bracket will be announced on March 5.

After sweeping the Cardinals at Skagit Valley back on Jan. 25, the Cards turned the tables on Peninsula Wednesday, winning 66-59 in the women’s game and 89-87 in the men’s game.

The Pirate women (9-3, 17-8) slipped into a tie with Everett for second place with two games remaining. They could still claim a share of the North Division championship if they win out and if Everett or Edmonds were to defeat Skagit Valley (10-2, 20-6).

The PC men (8-4, 17-7) also dropped into second place and also would need to win out and then get some help from Olympic or Everett against first-place Shoreline (9-3, 16-7).

The Pirates travel to Edmonds Saturday for games at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) and then finish out league play Wednesday at Whatcom.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women and men split with Everett Saturday night, but both teams remained in first place in a hotly-contested NWAC North Division with five games remaining in the regular season.

The women fell to Everett 77-71, but the men managed to outscore the Trojans 88-79 in the nightcap before a nice crowd on Pepsi Throwback Night.

The women now share first place with Bellevue and Skagit Valley, all at 7-2 in conference play. Everett is at 6-3, Shoreline 4-5 and Wednesday’s opponent, Olympic, is 3-6 in league play. The Pirates take on the Rangers at Bremerton at 5 p.m.

The Pirate men improved to 7-2, one game ahead of Bellevue and Shoreline, both at 6-3. The men play Olympic (2-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rangers’ gym.

PORT ANGELES – A broken water main forced Peninsula College to close Wednesday morning, but the Pirates were able to play their NWAC North Division home basketball games at Port Angeles High School Wednesday night where the Peninsula women drowned Shoreline 83-44, while the Dolphins sank the first-place Pirates 58-51 in the men’s game.

The Pirate women remain in a tie with Bellevue for the league lead, both at 7-1, and the men slipped to 6-2, but are one game ahead of Bellevue, Shoreline and Skagit Valley, all at 5-3.

“Dwayne Johnson and Port Angeles High School really saved us tonight,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life. “My coaches really wanted to get the games in Wednesday and we managed to do that thanks to our friends at the other end of Park Street. We also had a nice crowd that ventured out on a snowy night and found us.”

Peninsula returns to its own gym Saturday for games against Everett. It’s Pepsi Throwback Night, where fans are encouraged to wear their vintage Pirate gear. Tip off for the women is 4 p.m. and the men follow at 6 p.m.

Mitch Freeman

PORT ANGELES – Halfway through the North Region schedule, the Pirate women and men are on track to do something rarely done in the Northwest Athletic Conference – win back-to-back titles.

The Peninsula women are 6-1 in conference play and tied with Bellevue for first place. Skagit Valley is one game back at 5-2 and then it’s Evertt at 4-3, Shoreline at 3-4, Olympic and Whatcom at 2-5 and Edmonds at 0-7. The Pirates are home for their next two games, Wednesday against Shoreline, and Saturday against Everett.

The PC men, meanwhile, are ranked No. 4 in the NWAC and have separated from the pack. Peninsula is 6-1, followed by a four-way tie for second with Whatcom, Bellevue, Shoreline and Skagit Valley, all 4-3. Everett is 3-4, Edmonds 2-5 and Olympic 1-6.

Wednesday’s game will feature a halftime show by the Peninsula College Dance Club. Tip off for the women and men against Shoreline is 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday is Throwback Night, where fans are encouraged to wear their old Pirate gear. Halftime shows will include music trivia questions. Those games start at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women and men are driving in the fast lane, atop the North Division, but they face a tough test at home Wednesday against the Whatcom Orcas on Wilder Auto Center Night.

The PC women are coming off Saturday’s 73-54 win over Edmonds and share first place in the North with Bellevue, both at 5-1. The Bulldogs narrowly beat Whatcom 66-62 Saturday. Skagit Valley is right behind at 4-2, followed by Everett and Shoreline at 3-3, Olympic and Whatcom at 2-4 and Edmonds 0-6.

The PC men, meanwhile, are all alone atop the North at 5-1, followed by Whatcom at 4-2, Bellevue, Shoreline, Skagit Valley and Everett all at 3-3, Edmonds 2-4 and Olympic 1-5. The Pirates are coming off a 95-74 win over Edmonds and Whatcom also won on Saturday night, 69-65, at home against Bellevue.

Wednesday’s games tip off at 5:00 (women) and 7:00 (men). It’s Wilder Auto Center Night and the halftime show will feature a scrimmage including the Avalanche basketball team.

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