EDMONDS – The Pirates swept the Tritons at Edmonds Saturday and in doing so, the men clinched a spot in the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament. The PC women had already punched their return ticket to the 16-team tournament.
Both the women and men wrap up North Division play Wednesday at Whatcom. The men (9-4, 18-7) still have an outside chance of tying for the league championship, but they would need to defeat the Orcas and they would also need Everett to upset Shoreline. The Pirate women (10-3, 18-8) need a win Wednesday to sew up second place and avoid a possible three-way tie with Bellevue and Everett for second, third and fourth places.
The top four teams from each of the NWAC’s four divisions qualify for the championship tournament. This year’s event is a single elimination format and all games will be played at the Everett Community College gym. The men will narrow the field from 16 to eight with eight games slated for March 9, and then from eight to four with four games on March 10. The Final Four is set for March 18-19 at Everett. The women’s opening round is March 11 and the second round is March 12. The women’s Final Four will also be played March 18-19 at Everett.
PORT ANGELES – Sophomore Night didn’t play out the way the Pirates and their fans were hoping, but both teams are still in position to advance to the 2017 NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament.
It will be the sixth straight year that head coach Ali Crumb will see post season action and, should the Pirate men win one of their final two games, it will be the third straight year for men’s head coach Mitch Freeman. The tournament gets under way March 9 in Everett and runs through March 19. The bracket will be announced on March 5.
After sweeping the Cardinals at Skagit Valley back on Jan. 25, the Cards turned the tables on Peninsula Wednesday, winning 66-59 in the women’s game and 89-87 in the men’s game.
The Pirate women (9-3, 17-8) slipped into a tie with Everett for second place with two games remaining. They could still claim a share of the North Division championship if they win out and if Everett or Edmonds were to defeat Skagit Valley (10-2, 20-6).
The PC men (8-4, 17-7) also dropped into second place and also would need to win out and then get some help from Olympic or Everett against first-place Shoreline (9-3, 16-7).
The Pirates travel to Edmonds Saturday for games at 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men) and then finish out league play Wednesday at Whatcom.
PORT ANGELES – The Pirate women and men split with Everett Saturday night, but both teams remained in first place in a hotly-contested NWAC North Division with five games remaining in the regular season.
The women fell to Everett 77-71, but the men managed to outscore the Trojans 88-79 in the nightcap before a nice crowd on Pepsi Throwback Night.
The women now share first place with Bellevue and Skagit Valley, all at 7-2 in conference play. Everett is at 6-3, Shoreline 4-5 and Wednesday’s opponent, Olympic, is 3-6 in league play. The Pirates take on the Rangers at Bremerton at 5 p.m.
The Pirate men improved to 7-2, one game ahead of Bellevue and Shoreline, both at 6-3. The men play Olympic (2-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rangers’ gym.