COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pirates win wild game on the road

EVERETT — The Peninsula men’s basketball team, down five points with 1:08 left on the road, made clutch shots down the stretch and got a critical steal and bucket from Ty Artis to pull out a come-from-behind 78-77 win over the Everett Trojans.

The game was a rare Monday night affair making up a game postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.

Artis finished the game with just three points, but made the critical game-winning play with the Pirates down 77-76 and only eight seconds left to play.

“Defensively, he was just incredible,” said coach Donald Rollman.

After the win, the Pirates are 6-4 and in third place in the North. The game was in contrast to some heartbreaking losses this season in which Peninsula lost some second-half leads.

“It was huge. That’s one of their first [come-from-behind wins],” Rollman said. “They were pretty damn excited afterward.”

Also hitting clutch shots were Keith Seldon and KeAndre Hunter-Holiday. With the Pirates down 75-70 with less than a minute to play, Seldon buried a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to bring the Pirates within two points. After a Trojans’ basket, Hunter-Holiday hit a three with 15 seconds left to bring the Pirates within one point at 77-76.

Artis, who finished with nine assists, assisted on both of those 3-pointers.

Neal Garcia led the Pirates with 18 points and 4-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc, including three straight 3-pointers in the second half.

“He went on a 9-0 run all by himself,” Rollman said.

Isaiah Sampson finished with 13 points while Jaylin Reed had 10.

After playing two games in 48 hours, the Pirates get a break with no Wednesday game. They return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday against Everett (4-4).

Peninsula 78, Everett 77

PC 31 47 — 78

Everett 34 43 — 77

Peninsula (78) — N. Garcia 18, Sampson 13, Reed 10, Seldon 9, Hunter-Holiday 8, McFarland 8, Harris 7, Artis 3, I. Garcia 2.

Everett (77) — Smith 26, Redford 15, Dillworth 12, Howe 11, Millican 10, Hayes 3.

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