Men's Basketball News

PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women lost a thriller and the men also fell to two talented Bellevue teams in a rare home doubleheader loss for Peninsula College.

Those games marked the end of the first round of conference play with both teams battling for the fourth playoff spot and a trip to the NWAACC Basketball Championships, March 1-4 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The PC women are 4-3 and tied for fourth with Everett, while the men are 3-4 and sitting in fifth place, one game behind Edmonds.

SHORELINE – The Pirate women and men each won their third straight game Wednesday, sweeping the Dolphins on the road.

The women broke out of a 34-34 halftime deadlock to outscore the hosts 42-22 in the second half, en route to a 76-56 win. Madison Pilster, playing with a broken finger, scored a career-high 26 points, and added seven rebounds and five steals to that effort. Gabi Fenumiai also had a big night, posting another double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Alison Knowles added 15 points and four assists and Pherrari Brumbaugh also contributed four assists and five rebounds.

The men followed with a similar game, turning a 47-45 halftime edge into an 89-80 victory. Xavier Bazile led four players in double figures with 25 points and 10 rebounds, Geno Horsley added 15 points, six rebounds four steals and three assists, Juwan Flowers also scored 15 and Markus Rawls added 14 points and seven boards.

PORT ANGELES – If every week were Pirate Pete’s Week, the Pirates would win the NWAACC.

The PC men and women won all four games during the college’s annual spirit week celebration, culminating with Saturday’s doubleheader victory over Olympic.

The Pirate women bolted out to a big 36-23 first half lead, and then held on for dear life to beat the Rangers 64-58 before a big home crowd. Alison Knowles led Peninsula with 15 points, Madison Pilster played through a broken finger to tally 14, Gabi Fenumiai added 13 points in only 19 minutes before fouling out and Olivia Henderson led the team in rebounds with 10.

Then in the men’s game, with the 1970 WAACC Championship Pirate team watching from the stands, the 2014 Pirates battled to a 32-32 halftime deadlock, moments before the college retired jersey No. 32, belonging to NWAACC and Peninsula Hall of Fame member, Bernie Fryer. It was the first jersey retired in the school’s history. Also recognized on Hall of Fame Night were new inductees Art Feiro, represented by his son Mark, Dr. Wally Sigmar, represented by his widow Jean Sigmar, as well as Kathy Murphy-Carey, Jerry Allen and the 1970 team. All five officially became the first members of the Peninsula College Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony held Friday night.

PORT ANGELES - The Peninsula men and women opened Pirate Pete's Week with victories over Everett Wednesday, and will try to duplicate that effort on Hall of Fame Night Saturday.

The Pirate women put together one of their finest performances of the season, dropping Everett 92-69, getting 22 points from Madison Pilster, 19 from Alison Knowles, 16 points and 12 rebounds from Gabi Fenumiai and 15 points and four assists from Olivia Henderson.

The men followed with a thrilling second-half comeback to beat the Trojans 93-83. The Pirates trailed 46-33 at halftime, but shot the lights out in the second half, hitting 70 percent from the floor, as they stormed out to a three-point lead and then built it to 10 at the free throw line in the final minute. Xavier Bazile hit for 22, Tyler McKinney 18, Geno Horsley 10 and Daren Hechanova added eight points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula Pirates host Edmonds for their North Division women’s and men’s basketball home openers Wednesday.

For the Peninsula women, it will be their first home game of the 2013-14 season – and the road has not been kind. The Pirates are 3-8 and looking to turn things around with the help of the home fans. Tip-off for the women against 1-10 Edmonds is 5 p.m.

The Peninsula men’s game marks the first home conference game for first-year head coach Mitch Freeman. His Pirates started the season 6-1 and earned a No. 8 spot in the Alaska Airlines NWAACC Coaches Poll, but have since dropped three straight games, all on the road. The men too will look to feed on a home crowd to get back in the win column against a Triton team that is 8-6. Tip-off follows the women’s game at approximately 7:00.

PORT ANGELES – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams have concluded their non-conference schedules and will spend the short holiday week preparing for Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges North Division openers at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham.

The Pirate men, off to a 6-3 start under first-year head coach Mitch Freeman, are ranked No. 8 in the NWAACC in the first Alaska Airlines Poll of the season. They face fourth-ranked Whatcom, 7-2, the highest rated team in the North, at 6:00 Saturday.

The Pirate women had a rough time in non-conference play, going 3-7 under fifth-year head coach Alison Crumb. They will play the 4-6 Orcas at 4:00 Saturday.

PORT ANGELES - Peninsula's home non-conference game against the Washington Rampage was called off Saturday night when players on the American Basketball Association team out of Everett were involved in a vehicle accident en route to the Pirate gym.

The game will not be made up.

Next up for the Pirates is a trip to the Tacoma Crossover Tournament on Friday where the PC men take on Columbia Basin at 1:00.

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates pulled away from Grays Harbor in the final 10 minutes to improve to 3-0 on the young season with a 76-64 win over the Chokers in the final game of the First Federal Pirate Classic Sunday.

Daren Hechanova led Peninsula with 19 points, including two crowd-pleasing dunks, while Erron Shamlin added 11 points and four assists, and Jal Deng celebrated his birthday with an 11-point effort as well.

The difference in the game came from the free throw line where the Pirates benefited from 41 free throw attempts, hitting 28 of those. Grays Harbor went to the line only 17 times, making 12. From the field, Peninsula was 23 of 57 for 40 percent from two-point range and only two of 12 from beyond the arc. The Chokers were 25 of 28 for 43 percent from the floor and also chilly from three-point range, hitting on two of 16.

Next up for the Peninsula men is a home game, set for 5 p.m. Saturday against the Washington Rampage.

PORT ANGELES – Young teams aren’t supposed to win close games, but the Pirate men, without a single returner on the floor, won their second straight thriller Saturday in the first round of the second annual First Federal Pirate Classic.

   PORT ANGELES – The second annual First Federal Pirate Classic comes to the Peninsula College gym this weekend, bringing two days of men’s basketball to our community, thanks to a $2,000 sponsorship by First Federal.

   Saturday’s games feature Grays Harbor College vs. Blue Angels at 5:00 and Northwest Indian College against the Peninsula Pirates at 7:00. On Sunday, it’s NWIC vs. Blue Angels at 1:00 and Grays Harbor vs. the Pirates at 3:00.

   “It will be the last time fans can see the Pirates at home before NWAACC conference play gets under way in January,” said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. “Coach Mitch Freeman has done a great job putting this Classic together and fans will get to see some great college basketball.”

   The Pirates are coming off a 77-76 thrilling season-opening win over Clark, making coach Freeman the winningest coach in Peninsula College history, as he currently sports a .1000 winning percentage, Ross added.