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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.

TACOMA – The Pirates found the going a bit rough on and off the court at their three-game road trip last week.

On the court, they suffered losses to Highline, Lane and Pierce. Off the court, they were dealt a vehicle break down in Federal Way and a drive-by shooting in Tacoma.

On their trip to Highline last Thursday, the rental van broke down and they limped into the T-birds gym. Not surprisingly, the Pirates found themselves trailing most of the game, including a 38-25 deficit at halftime, but they mounted a furious comeback in the second half, falling just short in a 64-58 non-conference setback. Gabi Fenumiai led the Pirates with 17 points and 15 rebounds, Alison Knowles added 16 points and Madison Pilster hit for nine points and pulled down nine boards.

The Pirates then made their way down to Tacoma for the Raider Invitational at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom where they struggled against defending NWAACC champion Lane, falling 91-59. Pilster led the PC women with 20 points, Knowles hit for 14 and Fenumiai contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

On Friday night, the Pirates were awakened from their hotel by a shooting across the street at a Tacoma bar. According to a report in the Tacoma News Tribune, no one was injured in the shooting outside the Latitude 84 Sports Bar and Grill.

PORT ANGELES - The Pirate women are 2-2 going into the Thanksgiving weekend break and will resume play on the road at Highline on Dec. 12 and then at the Pierce Tournament Dec. 13-15.

The PC women won their opener at Wenatchee 64-56 back on Dec. 15, led by the 15 points each from Alison Knowles and Miranda Schmillen, 12 points from Madison Pilster, and 11 points and 15 rebounds from Gabi Fenumiai.

The Pirates then traveled to the Everett Tournament where they shot a chilly 26 percent from the floor in a tough 54-34 setback in their opener against Spokane. Fenumiai was the only Pirate in double figures, recording her second double-double in as many starts with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

November 2, 1:00-3:00

Prior to Pirate Madness, the Peninsula College men's and women's basketball coaches will be putting on a coaches clinic. The focus will be on coaching youth basketball and how to develop fundamentally sound players in a safe and fun environment. If you're looking for an opporunity to grow and learn as a coach, come join us!

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