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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.

Trent Warren

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College men’s basketball team improved to 8-3 in non-conference play Tuesday night with an 86-80 win over Elite Prep.

The Pirates wrap up their preseason at Tacoma at 6 p.m. Saturday and then open Northwest Athletic Conference North Division play Jan. 11 at Shoreline.

In Tuesday’s win over Elite Prep, the Pirates avenged a 68-64 loss to the Bellevue men back on Nov. 27 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament.

Peninsula raced out to an early lead behind some red-hot perimeter shooting and led 40-29 at halftime. Elite Prep made several runs in the second half, but each time the Pirates answered, hanging on to win by six.

The PC men had five players in double figures, led by Alex Baham, who hit on seven of 13 from the field, including four three-pointers, to finish with 21. Kevin Baker benefited from some crafty interior passing to score 19 points. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Trent Warren was six for nine from the floor, also with four treys, to finish with 17 points. He added seven rebounds to a good night. Darrion Daniels had 11 points, seven hustle rebounds and six assists, Omar Lo finished with 10 points and Jalon McCullough had a strong night running the offense, finishing with six assists.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College Pirates wrap up the home portion of their non-conference schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Elite Prep Academy.

The Bellevue team features a talent-laden roster that includes three high school athletes and five college-age players.

Michael Carter, a 6-5 shooter who hit four treys and led EP with 18 points in a 68-64 win over Peninsula back on Nov. 27 at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tournament, recently committed to the University of San Francisco.

“We’ve got three other DI guys who haven’t committed yet,” said coach Tayon Ary-Turner, who’s son Trevon, a point guard, is among those who is on the radar of college scouts from Washington, Washington State, Idaho and other universities in the Northwest.

Elite Prep has a 14-5 record this season, a number of those wins over Northwest Athletic Conference teams.

Peninsula, meanwhile, is 7-3 in non-conference play and preparing to defend its 2015 North Division championship.

The Pirates have four players averaging double figures, led by Darrion Daniels, who is averaging 16 points and 4.2 assists per game. Cole Rabedeaux sports a 13.3 average, Omar Lo 10.4 and Kevin Baker 10.2.

DES MOINES – The Pirates improved to 7-3 in non-conference play with a pair of wins at the NWAC West Region Crossover Tournament last weekend at Highline College.

Peninsula will close out non-conference play with two more games before opening North Region action Jan. 11 at Shoreline. The PC men host Elite Prep on Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. and then travel to Tacoma on Jan. 7, also a 6 p.m. tip-off.

Peninsula 71, Highline 48
The Pirates battled their way to a 36-25 halftime lead and then rolled to a 23-point victory over the hosts.

Darrion Daniels led the way with 17 points, Cole Rabedeaux had 12 points and 10 rebounds from his guard position, Jalon McCullough contributed 11 points, and Kevin Baker also hit double figures with 10.

EDMONDS – The Pirates, not ranked in the first NWAC Under Armour Coaches Poll, are quietly assembling a very respectable non-conference record – and they added a win over the weekend.

Peninsula improved to 5-2 with a commanding 88-65 win over Wenatchee Valley Saturday at Edmonds in the first game of a four-game Triton Pirate Classic. The Pirates’ second game against Blue Mountain, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled due to bad weather in Eastern Oregon that prevented the Timberwolves from traveling.

In Saturday’s win, four Pirates scored in double figures, led by Kevin Baker with 21 points, Alex Baham with 15, Darrion Daniels with 15, and Trent Warren and Cole Rabedeaux with 12 each.

Jalon McCullough

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates impressed home fans in their 2016-17 home debut over the weekend, sweeping Grays Harbor and Green River at the annual First Federal Pirate Classic.

The Peninsula men improved to 4-2 in non-conference play, rolling past Grays Harbor 92-76 on Sunday, on the heels of an 82-76 come-from-behind win over Green River Saturday night.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Edmonds this weekend where they’ll take on Wenatchee Valley at 4 p.m. Saturday and Blue Mountain at noon on Sunday.

The seven-game Pirate Classic, which featured men's and women's teams from Skagit Valley, Grays Harbor, Green River, Wenatchee Valley, Centralia and the host Pirate teams, was sponsored by First Federal.

Peninsula 92, Grays Harbor 76
A choker is a logging term – and also the nickname of Grays Harbor. In Sunday’s game, the Chokers could have used some logging techniques to cut down the taller Pirates, who outrebounded the visitors 50-32 and dominated play from the opening tip.

The Pirates, led by Darrion Daniels, bolted out to a 22-6 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half – and kept it rolling for a 47-34 advantage at the break.

Omar Lo had a good day with 23 points, 10 rebounds and an electrifying dunk, Daniels finished with 22 points, six steals and six assists, Jalon McCullough had 10, Cole Rabedeaux had nine, and Trent Warren contributed eight points and seven boards.

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