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EVERETT – The Pirate women took a giant leap toward the playoffs, moving into sole possession of fourth place in the NWAACC North Division with a 71-66 win over the Trojans, while the men took a small step in the opposite direction in a tough 80-72 setback.

The top four teams in the North will qualify to play in the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament, set for March 1-4 in Kennewick.

The Pirate women improved to 6-5 in conference play, one game ahead of Everett with three games remaining. The Pirates trail Bellevue (10-1), Whatcom (10-1) and Skagit Valley (8-3). They finish up at Olympic (3-8) Saturday, then home against Shoreline (2-9) Wednesday, before traveling to Bellevue on Feb. 23.

PORT ANGELES – Pirate sophomore Xavier Bazile broke Peninsula’s modern single game scoring record in a losing effort and the Pirate women also suffered a heartbreaking setback as Skagit Valley dimmed PC’s playoff hopes with a rare road sweep over the hosts.

The Pirate women still control their own destiny. They are 5-5 in conference play and tied for fourth place with Everett with four games remaining. A win Wednesday at Everett, would go a long way toward securing one of the top four playoff spots in the North Division. The Pirates handled the Trojans 92-69 at home.

The Pirate men, meanwhile, may need help. They are now 4-6 in conference play, sitting in sixth place, one game behind 5-5 Everett, their Wednesday opponent, and two games behind fourth-place Edmonds, 6-4. In addition to winning three or four of their remaining games, the Pirates will need Edmonds or Bellevue to drop some games down the stretch.

Both of Saturday’s games were heartbreakers for Pirate players and fans.

The PC women came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, shooting 50 percent from the floor and building a 43-26 lead at halftime. Skagit Valley came out and immediately knocked that lead to 10, but the Pirates hung on until the final two minutes, when they eventually succumbed to a 70-67 setback. Alison Knowles’ three-point try at the buzzer fell short.

Gabi Fenumiai led the Pirates with 24 points, Madison Pilster recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Knowles finished with eight.

EDMONDS – While 700,000 fans emerged on the Emerald City Wednesday to celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, a slightly smaller crowd gathered just north in the Edmonds Community College gym where the Pirate women got past the Tritons 65-52,  while the men fell to the hosts 68-48.

Both Pirate teams are alive in the race for a top-four finish in the North Region – and with it, a trip to Kennewick later this month to the 2014 NWAACC Basketball Championships. The women improved to 5-4 in conference play, tied with Everett for fourth place and one game behind Skagit Valley, 6-3. The Pirate men have a tougher road to Kennewick. At 4-5, Peninsula is tied with Everett for fifth place. Edmonds sits alone in fourth at 6-3, while Whatcom, Skagit Valley and Bellevue are all 7-2. There are five games remaining in conference play.

PORT ANGELES - The Pirate men played arguably their best game of the season in a 76-59 upset over the North Division's second-place Whatcom Orcas, while the PC women had an off night in a 69-53 setback to their conference-leading Bellingham counterparts.

The Pirate men improved to 4-4 in league play and 10-7 overall. They are in fifth place, a game behind 5-3 Edmonds following the Tritons' upset over previously 7-0 Skagit Valley. The top four teams from the North qualify for the NWAACC Championships in March.

The PC women slipped to 4-4 in conference and 7-11 overall. The are tied with fourth place with Everett.

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.

In the women’s game, the Pirates trailed 34-24 at halftime, but Ali Crumb teams don’t quit and this one battled back to tie the game at 54-54 with less than a minute to go when the Bulldogs scored to go up two. Madison Pilster then took the ball to the rack, there was contact, and the ball went out of bounds, giving the PC women one more chance with six seconds remaining to tie or take the lead. They got the ball in to Alison Knowles, who was unable to get a shot up and tried to get it inside to Gabi Fenumiai, but a Bellevue defender deflected that pass and the clock expired, giving the visiting ‘Dogs a 56-54 win.

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.

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.

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.