PC comeback falls short in 64-54 loss to Edmonds

PORT ANGELES – The Pirates, who defeated Edmonds 66-56 in the championship game of the West Region Crossover Tournament back on Dec. 21, were unable to repeat that performance in their conference opener Saturday, falling to the NWAC’s second-ranked Tritons 64-54.

Edmonds opened the game with a tenacious defensive presence that caught the Peninsula men off guard.

The Tritons also employed a defender who was tasked with not allowing Pirate sharp-shooter Ryley Callaghan any open looks at the basket – and it worked. The freshman guard who put up 21 on the Tritons a few weeks ago, was held to just four points, all of them coming from the free throw line.

The Pirate men fell behind early, trailing 35-21 at halftime, but coach Mitch Freeman and his staff rallied their team in the second half to get back in the game, eventually pulling to within one at 53-52 with 2:41 to play, fueling a big Pirate crowd, but the Tritons fought off that comeback with leading scorer Deonte Dixon fouling out to win by 10.

Dixon led the Pirates with 18 points, Jeremiah Hobbs finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Jal Deng also had 11.

The Pirates, who fell to 7-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play, will take on defending North Division champion Whatcom (2-10, 0-1) at Meridian High School in Bellingham.