COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Peninsula College men go cold, take fifth at Big Bend

Peninsula Daily News

MOSES LAKE — The Peninsula College men’s team concluded its nonleague slate with a fifth-place showing at the Big Bend Holiday Tournament.

The Pirates opened the tournament with a 74-70 win over Wenatchee Valley on Friday.

Xavier Bazile led Peninsula with 27 points and six rebounds. The sophomore shot 11 of 21 from the field.

Geno Horsley contributed 14 points, including 10 for 12 at the free-throw line, and six rebounds.

The Pirates went cold and got sloppy in the next two games.

Peninsula made only 20 percent of its shots in Saturday’s 81-53 loss to Columbia Basin.

The the Pirates and Hawks struggled with their shooting in the first half, with ended with Columbia Basin holding a 30-27 advantage.

The Hawks found their shots in the second half, but Peninsula made only 5 of 37 from the field after halftime.

The Pirates committed 17 turnovers in the game.

Bazile again led Peninsula in scoring with 23 points and grabbed nine boards, but he made only 5 of 19 from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

Erron Shamlin scored nine points, shooting a balmy-for-the-Pirates 44 percent from the field (4 for 9).

The Hawks dealt Peninsula its only two losses of the season before the Pirates were shellacked by Big Bend in Sunday’s third-place game 107-67.

Peninsula still had the cold hand in the first half, making just 8 of 32 shots and falling behind 44-19 at halftime to the host Runnin’ Vikes.

The Pirates found their touch in the second half, but allowed 62 points after halftime.

Tyler McKinney paced Peninsula with 22 points. Bazile had 14 points and 10 rebounds, but shot 5 of 19 from the field and 1 of 10 on 3-pointers.

The Pirates committed 19 turnovers. Peninsula came into the tournament having only one game with more than 13 turnovers.

The Pirates also were out-rebounded by an average of 18 boards per game in the three-game tournament.

Peninsula (6-3) opens NWAACC North Division play on the road against fourth-ranked Whatcom (7-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Last modified: December 30. 2013 6:22PM
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