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BELLINGHAM – Both Pirate teams put together second-half runs to sweep the Orcas at Whatcom Wednesday, leaving the men in sole possession of first place in the NWAC North, while the PC women remain in a three-way tie for first.

The Peninsula men, who trailed 37-23 at halftime, outscored the hosts 52-34 in the second half to win 75-71. That win, along with Edmonds’ loss to Everett, leaves Peninsula all alone in first place in the North with a 7-2 record, 14-9 overall.

The Peninsula women, who trailed 27-24 at halftime, turned up the jets to outscore Whatcom 32-13 in the second half to win 56-39. The Pirates improved to 8-1 in conference play and 17-5 overall. They share the North lead with Bellevue and Skagit Valley, who play each other on Saturday.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to Everett for games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Trojan gym was not available on Saturday, so the games were moved to Sunday.

The Pirates will be home next on Wednesday, Feb. 17, on Throwback Night. Former PC varsity athletes will be admitted free.

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.

Dimitri Amos

PORT ANGELES – It’s too bad every week can’t be Pirate Pete’s Week.

The Pirates swept all four home games during Peninsula College’s annual spirit week event, concluding with the men’s thrilling 99-90 win over Everett Saturday night.

In Saturday’s other Pete’s Week game, the PC women overwhelmed Everett 77-55.

The Peninsula women improved to 3-0 in conference play and 12-4 overall and are in a two-way tie with Skagit Valley atop the North Division.

The PC men are now 2-1 in the North, 9-8 overall, and are now in a six-way tie for first place.

The Pirates are on the road this week, traveling to Olympic College in Bremerton on Wednesday night and then to Bellevue on Saturday afternoon.

Deonte Dixon

PORT ANGELES – Some Pirate Pete’s Week mojo may have carried onto the basketball court Wednesday as the Peninsula College men’s basketball team upset second-ranked Whatcom 70-68 and the defending Northwest Athletic Conference champion Pirate women rolled over the Orca women 83-60 in the first of two home games during Peninsula’s annual spirit week.

It was “White Out Night” where many fans were dressed in white “PC Proud” T-shirts - and they had a lot to be proud of.

The Peninsula men, after opening North Division play with a loss against fourth-ranked Edmonds on the Tritons’ court Saturday, overcame an early 12-3 deficit and battled all the way to the final buzzer to improve to 1-1 in early conference play and 8-8 overall. They wrap up Pirate Pete’s Week activities at home Saturday against Everett (2-0, 11-6) at 6 p.m.

The Pirate women, meanwhile, ranked fifth in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, improved to 2-0 and 11-4 and will face 2-0 and 9-7 Everett Saturday at 4 p.m.

EDMONDS – It’s Pirate Pete’s Week at Peninsula College – and that means lots of school spirit around two home basketball games.

The Pirates host Whatcom for their Northwest Athletic Conference North Division home opener Wednesday and then remain home Saturday against Everett.

Wednesday’s conference opener is “White Out Night” where Pirate fans were have the opportunity to wear white “Pirate Proud” T-shirts. The doubleheader pits the NWAC’s fifth-ranked Peninsula women (1-0, 10-4) against unranked Whatcom (0-1, 0-12) at 5 p.m., followed by the Pirate men (0-1, 7-8) taking on the NWAC’s second-ranked Whatcom men (0-1, 13-4) at 7 p.m.

In Saturday’s conference opening weekend, the Pirates split with the Tritons at Edmonds, the women winning 82-33 and the men falling to fourth-ranked Edmonds 66-59.

PORT ANGELES – And now it matters.

The non-conference schedule is now in the rear view mirror as the Pirates open Northwest Athletic Conference North Division play Saturday at Edmonds.

The defending NWAC champion Pirate women, ranked No. 5 in the latest NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll, went 9-4 in non-conference play and will tip off North Division play against the 1-11 Tritons at Edmonds at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Pirate men, who placed third in the NWAC in 2014-15 season, went 7-7 in non-conference action. They will take on 2014-15 NWAC runner-up Triton men, 11-2, at 4 p.m. Saturday.

ABERDEEN – The Pirates shook off some holiday dust at a non-conference game at Grays Harbor Sunday where a furious second-half comeback fell just short in an 81-80 loss to the Chokers.

The Peninsula men have one more non-conference game, Wednesday at Pierce, before opening North Division play Saturday at Edmonds. The Pirate women and men are then home for Pirate Pete’s Week, Jan. 12-16, with games on Jan. 13 against Whatcom and Jan. 16 against Everett. Pirate Pete’s Week is Peninsula’s annual “spirit week,” with events throughout the week.

In Sunday’s thriller at Grays Harbor, the Pirates found themselves in a deep hole at halftime, trailing 48-31, but outscored the Chokers 49-33 in the second half, falling just one point short.

Deonte Dixon led the way with 25 points and seven rebounds, Ryley Callaghan had 16, and Malik Mayeux contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Grays Harbor was led by Bryce Demecillo with 18 and Kodi Leslie with 13.

EUGENE – The Pirates won two straight games at the NWAC South Region Crossover Tournament, after falling in the opener, to place fifth, improving to 7-5 in non-conference play.

The PC men lost to Lower Columbia 79-69 in Thursday’s tournament opener at Lane Community College, and then rolled to an easy 86-53 win over Treasure Valley Friday before closing out the tournament with a narrow 80-77 nod over Blue Mountain.

The Pirates wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule at Grays Harbor on Jan. 3 and then at Pierce College on Jan. 6.