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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.

MOUNT VERNON – The Peninsula College men moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Athletic Conference North Division and the Pirate women are tied for first following a sweep at Skagit Valley Wednesday.

The host Cardinals were part of a first-place log jam in both the men’s and women’s standings, but when the PC charter bus pulled away from Skagit Valley College Wednesday night, the Pirates had separated from most of the pack.

The Peninsula men are all alone in first place at 4-1 in league play, thanks in part to Edmonds’ 73-69 upset over Whatcom Wednesday in Bellingham. Whatcom, Bellevue and Skagit are 3-2, Shoreline, Everett and Edmonds are 2-3, and Olympic slipped to 1-4.

On the women’s side, the Pirates are now tied with Bellevue in first place, each at 4-1, Skagit Valley, Everett and Shoreline are 3-2, Whatcom is 2-3, Olympic 1-4 and Edmonds 0-5.

The good news: Peninsula has four straight home games, starting Saturday against Edmonds. Tip off for the women’s game is 4 p.m. and the men follow at 6 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader features the annual First Federal Money Sweep, a contest for children 8 and under to be held at halftime of both games.

Men: Peninsula 86, Skagit Valley 81
The Pirates used a strong rebounding advantage and some sharp perimeter shooting to surprise a talented and well-coached Skagit Valley team, going out in front 45-29 at halftime and then holding on to win by five.

Alex Baham and Jalon McCullough each hit on six three-point shots to lead Peninsula with 21 and 20 points respectively, McCullough shooting an impressive six-for-six from beyond the arc.

Darrion Daniels added 15 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with only 24 minutes of action Wednesday, and Trent Warren hit for 10, including a four-for-four effort from the free throw line.

The Pirates outrebounded Skagit Valley 47-30 and hit on 14/25 threes, while the Cardinals were 9/29 from long range.

Cameron Howell led the Cardinals with 19 points and Tyler Kidd finished with 17.

PORT ANGELES – The last time Peninsula College lost a pair of home basketball games was the 2014-15 season on Jan. 24 against Bellevue – and the Bulldogs did it again on Saturday, sweeping a pair of NWAC North thrillers.

Bellevue beat the Pirate women 65-61 and the visitors then came from behind to eke out an 81-79 win over the PC men.

The North Division is now a log jam for both the women and men. The Pirates (3-1, 11-6) are one of four teams sharing first place in the North women’s race, along with Skagit Valley (3-1, 13-5), Bellevue (3-1, 11-6) and Shoreline (3-1, 6-8). Peninsula also remains in first place in the men’s standings at 3-1 and 12-4, tied with Whatcom (3-1, 11-4), and Skagit Valley (3-1, 10-5).

The Pirates hope to separate from one of those colleges on Wednesday when the women and men visit Skagit Valley.

Cole Rabedeaux

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula swept Olympic Wednesday in the first of two home appearances for the 2017 Pirate Pete’s Week.

College students celebrated their annual spirit week with events daily in the PUB – and the Pirates held up their end of the deal, as the women stopped the Rangers 57-46 Wednesday, while the men won 83-74.

Pete’s Week concludes with Blacklight Dodgeball at 5:30 Friday and then two more home games on Saturday. The Pirate women (3-0, 11-5) tip off against Bellevue (2-1, 10-6) at 4 p.m. and the Peninsula men (3-0, 12-3) take on the Bulldogs (1-2, 11-7) at 6 p.m.

Men: Peninsula 83, Olympic 74
The Rangers got off to a fast start, but the PC men answered in a very tight first half that ended with the Pirates out in front 41-39.

Peninsula then outscored Olympic 42-35 in the second half to win by nine.

Darrion Daniels, the NWAC Player of the Week last week, poured in 29 points to lead Peninsula, Jalon McCullough hit for 19, Alex Baham 11 and Cole Rabedeaux 10. McCullough, Daniels and Baham each hit on three of four from three-point range as the Pirates dropped 12 from beyond the arc. Olympic was five of 17 from three-point range.

Also playing well for Peninsula was Omar Lo, who had a career-high 16 rebounds.

Olympic's Juwan Flowers, who played for Peninsula in 2013-14, led the Rangers with 23 points.

Kevin Baker

SHORELINE – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams began the defense of their 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championships with a sweep at Shoreline Wednesday. The Pirate women rolled to an 80-61 win over the Dolphins and the men followed with a thrilling 116-108 double overtime victory.

The Peninsula women improved to 1-0 in league and 9-5 overall, while the men, who moved into No. 7 on the latest Under Armour NWAC Coaches’ Poll, are 1-0 and 10-3. Both teams travel to Everett Saturday where their games will be featured as “NWAC Games of the Week,” to be live streamed from a link on the NWAC web site. Tip-off for the women is at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m.

Men: Peninsula 116, Shoreline 108 2OT
The Pirates looked like they might dominate, bolting out to double-digit leads throughout the first half, but Shoreline responded, closing the gap to 39-34 at halftime and then outscoring the Pirates 49-44 in the second half to send the game into overtime. The PC men had a chance to win it in regulation, as Darrion Daniels made great play, driving to the hoop in traffic, but his layup didn’t go down.

The Pirates also had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime when Omar Lo tipped the ball in off an inbounds play with four seconds remaining, but Shoreline went the length of the floor, a foul was called, and Derrik Dean hit both free throws to force a second OT.

Peninsula poured in 33 points to outscore the Dolphins in what proved to be two wild five-minute overtime periods to win by eight, despite fouling out four players.

The PC men finished with five players in double figures, led by Darrion Daniels’ 31 points and seven assists, 20 points and eight rebounds from Kevin Baker, 17 from Omar Lo, 16 from Jalon McCullough and 13 from Sam Velez.

Dana Abe led Shoreline with 35 points, while Anddrew Hawkins and Derrik Dean each had 17.

The Pirates shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the floor, while Shoreline also had a good night at 49.3 percent, but it was the three-point shooting that kept the Dolphins in the game. Shoreline connected on 16 of 29 from three-point range, while Peninsula could hit on only seven of 25. The Pirates, however, dominated the boards with 53 rebounds to the Dolphins’ 30.

TACOMA - The Pirates wrapped up the non-conference portion of their 2016-17 season 9-3 Saturday with a commanding 103-75 win over the Titans.

The Peninsula men open North Division play Wednesday at 7:30 at Shoreline.

In Saturday's impressive road win, the Pirates rolled out to a 48-34 halftime lead and never slowed down, beating a talented Titan team by 28.