COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Bellevue falls to Peninsula College

PORT ANGELES — The Bellevue men’s basketball team pulled out to a 3-0 lead in Saturday’s NWAACC North Division showdown with Peninsula College.

That was the only time the Bulldogs would be ahead of the Pirates (2-0 in North, 7-4 overall).

Peninsula took control of the game early and cruised to a 79-67 victory and 2-0 start to its North Division schedule Saturday night.

“We really competed hard,” Peninsula coach Lance Von Vogt said.

“It was a definite team effort.”

Thad Vinson led Peninsula with 23 points, three rebounds and one assist as the game’s leading scorer, and three other Pirates reached double figures in scoring — Sammeon Waller (17), DeShaun Freeman (14) and Mitrell Clark (10).

The Pirates had a 42-28 lead at halftime then came out in the second half and extended it to 17 points to take a 64-47 lead.

Bellevue never challenged the Pirates again.

PENINSULA 79, BELLEVUE 67

Bellevue 28 39 — 67

Peninsula 42 37 — 79

Individual Scoring

Bellevue (67)

Simon 15, Nelson 13, Clarington 11, Valentine 10, Searles 8, Bonner 6.

Peninsula (79)

Vinson 23, Waller 17, Freeman 14, Clark 10, Williams 6, Jeremiah Johnson 5.

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