COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pirates win in finals seconds, improve to 10-2

ABERDEEN — Peninsula College’s Jaylin Reed had struggled through a tough shooting, game having gone 1 for 9 from 3-point range.

But with six seconds left in the game, his number was dialed up by the Pirates’ coaching staff and he delivered, hitting a clutch 3-pointer from the corner to give the Pirates a 76-75 win over Treasure Valley at the Grays Harbor Crossover Tournament on Saturday.

The Pirates also beat Grays Harbor 77-70 Sunday afternoon.

“It was a little more exciting than we wanted it to be,” said head coach Donald Rollman of Saturday’s win.

“Jaylin Reed lifted out of the corner exactly as we drew it up,” Rollman said.

Rollman said Reed showed a lot of mental toughness, making that shot after having such a tough shooting night beforehand.

“It doesn’t matter how many you miss … he stepped up,” he said.

Davien Harris-Williams had the assist on Reed’s bucket, one of seven assists on the night. Harris-Williams hit seven 3-pointers (on 7 for 13 shooting from beyond the arc) and scored 30 points. He also had six rebounds to go with his seven assists. Rollman said that one point, Harris-Williams had 3-pointers on four straight Pirates’ possessions.

Reed ended up with 12 points, while Malik Moore had 10.

The Pirates actually had a 42-30 lead early in the second half, but Treasure Valley went on a 14-0 run over a 5-minute stretch to make a game of it. From that point on, it was a dogfight to the final buzzer with neither team able to build up any kind of lead.

The Chukars’ Dajon Howe made a 3-pointer to give Treasure Valley a 75-73 lead with 1:52 left in the game.

Treasure Valley shot 0 for 4 on its free throws in that final 1:52 to give the Pirates a chance. The Chukars missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 24 seconds left and Reed grabbed the defensive rebound to give the Pirates one last chance to win or tie.

Peninsula ends 2019 with a 10-2 record after Sunday’s win over Grays Harbor. The Pirates got 22 points from Reed and 20 each from Moore and Harris-Williams.

It appears there are going to be three very good teams in the North Division when league play begins in January. While Peninsula has had a very successful preleague schedule, Everett is 10-2 and Skagit Valley is a perfect 12-0.

Peninsula 76, Treasure Valley 75

PC 38 38 — 76

TV 27 48 — 75

Peninsula (76) — Harris-Williams 30, Reed 12, Moore 10, Rorres-Kahapea 8, Hunter-Holiday 7, Despain 5, Rothrock 2.

Treasure Valley (75) — Williams 19, Phillips 18, Howe 15, Pogue 7, White 6, Beck 5, Ziegner 3, Lupumba 2.

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