Pirate women, men take No. 2 seed into NWAC Tournament | Peninsula College Athletics

Pirate women, men take No. 2 seed into NWAC Tournament

BELLINGHAM – The Peninsula College men and women will both go into the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championships as the second-place seed from the North Region following the final night of league play Wednesday where the Pirates fell to the Orcas at Whatcom.

The tournament bracket will be announced Sunday at a first-ever NWAC Basketball Tournament Selection Show, streamed from the NWAC Sports YouTube channel.  The women’s show begins at 2 p.m. and the men’s will follow at 3 p.m.

The Pirate women finished in a three-way tie for second place with Bellevue and Everett, all at 10-4 in league play, but will go as the No. 2 seed by virtue of North Region tiebreaker rules. Bellevue will be the No. 3 seed and Everett No. 4. The first round of the 16-team, single-elimination women’s tournament is March 11 at Everett Community College.

The PC men finished all alone in second place with a 9-5 record, one game behind 10-4 Shoreline. The Pirates open play in the 16-team single-elimination men’s tournament March 9 at Everett.

Women: Whatcom 78, Peninsula 73
The Pirates were blitzed by a short-handed Orca team in the second quarter and couldn’t recover. After leading 24-20 after one, the Orcas took a 42-33 lead into halftime and held on, despite playing with only six women.

Once again, foul trouble spelled Peninsula’s demise, as leading scorer Jenise McKnight, who put up an impressive 28 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. The Pirates were whistled for 20 fouls to Whatcom’s 12, and the Orcas scored 20 points at the line, compared to Peninsula’s four.

In addition to McKnight’s effort, Alicia Dugan finished with 20 points, Tai Thomas had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Yamilei Rodriguez had 10 points and seven boards.

Linsey Honeycutt led Whatcom with 23 and Bella Nigretto had 22.

Men: Whatcom 96, Peninsula 84
Had the Pirates won Wednesday, they would have captured a tie for the league championship, but it wasn’t to be. The Orcas were on fire in the first half, going up by 12, and they held on to win by that same margin.

Cole Rabedeaux led Peninsula with 17 points, Alex Baham had 14, Darrion Daniels 13, and Omar Lo turned in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Leif Anderson led Whatcom with 17.