COLLEGE BASKETBALL: PC women split last two at LCC Tourney; men win Sunday

LONGVIEW — The Peninsula basketball women had a rough 14-minute stretch in the middle of the game as Lower Columbia College avenged a loss earlier this season by beating the Pirates 62-52 in the finale of the Lower Columbia College Tournament on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the Peninsula men won a high-scoring affair 94-88 over Yakima Valley at the Chemeketa Tournament.

The game was close late in the second quarter with the Piartes holding a 22-21 lead with 3:50 left in the half as the Red Devils went on a 10-4 run to end the half, taking a 31-26 lead into the break. Lower Columbia kept up the pressure in the third quarter, outcoring the Pirates 15-6 for a 25-10 run that lasted about 14 minutes.

The Pirates rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Red Devils 20-16, but they were never able to get closer than 10 points.

Logan Luke led the Pirates in scoring with 11, while Ashlynn Sharp had 10 points. Sunwhine Vicente had seven points and seven rebounds.

Former Port Angeles Roughrider Nizhoni Wheeler played huge for the Red Devils, scoring 16 points and pulling down six boards, while blocking four shots. Her sister and fellow Roughrider alum Cheyenne Wheeler had three rebounds, an assist and a block in 11 minutes for Lower Columbia.

Nizhoni and Cheyenne’s former teammate in Port Angeles, Devin Edwards, scored two points and had a rebound for Peninsula.

In Saturday’s game, the Peninsula women used a huge fourth quarter to down an opponent, blowing open a close game to beat Portland 69-57.

The Pirates entered the fourth quarter up just one point, 53-52, but outscored the Panthers 16-5 over the final 10 minutes. It’s been part of the Pirates’ pattern all season of being very tough in the fourth quarter.

Danner led the team with 21 points on 9 for 14 shooting. Leilani Padilla had 13 points, while Vicente had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding six assists. Sharp had 11 points.

Peninsula beat Lower Columbia 65-62 in a game in Port Angeles in November.

The Pirates lost two out of three at the Lower Columbia tournament and now sit at 6-4 on the season.

The Pirates take a 12-day break over Christmas and next play Clark College at a tournament at Wenatchee College on Dec. 28.

Lower Columbia 62, Peninsula 52

PC 13 13 6 20 — 52

LC 13 18 15 16 — 62

Peninsula (52) — Luke 11, Sharp 10, Vicente 7, Bowen 7, Padilla 5, Fitzgerald 4, Danner 4, White 2, Edwards 2.

Lower Columbia (62) — N. Wheeler 16, Packham 14, Lorton 13, Jacobsen 6, Mosier 6, Lofgren 5.

Peninsula 69, Portland 57

Peninsula 18 18 17 16 — 69

Portland 18 16 18 5 — 57

Peninsula (69) — Danner 21, Padilla 13, Sharp 11, Vicente 10, Luke 4, Bowen 4, White 2, McCaulley 2, Fitzgerald 2.

Portland (57) — McMurry 18, Faber 15, Shorter 12, Dominguez 8, Villeda 4.

Men’s Basketball

Peninsula 94, Yakima Valley 88

SALEM, Ore. — The Peninsula men won their second straight at the Chemeketa Tournament, again playing clutch down the final minutes.

The Pirates hit 9 out of 10 free throws in the final three minutes and held Yakima Valley to just four points in the final 3:40 of the game to win 94-88.

The game was close and high-scoring throughout as the Yaks went into the halftime break up 48-47.Yakima Valley was still clinging to an 84-81 lead when the Pirates went on a big run to salt the game away. It began with an Erik Kelly basket to cut the lead to one. Then Kelly made three out of four free throws to give the Pirates a lead. James Buckley, Keith Seldon and Luke Angevine went 6 for 6 on their free throws down the stretch as the Pirates held off the Yaks to win two of three at the Chemeketa tournament.

Kelly had a monster game with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Buckley led the Pirates with 20 points, while Samuel Kahapea scored 17 and Seldon 13. Angevine, a Port Angeles High School graduate, had his best game for the Pirates, scoring 11 points, including a 3-pointer and two crucial free throws with a five-point lead and 20 seconds left to effectively end the game.

Peninsula (3-8) finally had some good luck in Oregon, winning two — including a victory over Lower Columbia, the No. 5-ranked team in the NWAC — after losing two games in overtime and another two or three games this season in the closing minutes. The Pirates will take a 12-day break over Christmas and then return to Oregon for the Clackamas Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28.

Peninsula 94, Yakima Valley 88

YV 48 40 — 88

PC 47 47 — 94

Yakima Valley (88) — Jacob 22, Kindgren 16, Strom 16, Armstead 9, Jarmon 12, Delgardo 11, Bayath 2.

Peninsula (94) — Buckley 20, Kelly 19, Kahapea 17, Seldon 13, Angevine 11, Moore 6, Thomas 2.

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