SPORTS: Peninsula College men’s basketball team captures third place at Clackamas tournament

OREGON CITY, Ore. — The Peninsula College men’s basketball team claimed third place at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament on Thursday.

The Pirates held off the Walla Walla Warriors 77-73 to improve to 5-4 on the year.

Peninsula went 2-1 in the tourney, beating Blue Mountain 86-75 on Tuesday, losing 104-92 to host Clackamas on Wednesday and beating Walla Walla on the last day.

Peninsula coach Lance Von Vogt was happy about the results of all three games.

The Pirates were ahead of Clackamas by five points at halftime and kept the lead for most of the second half before their big players got into foul trouble.

“They won the game by hitting their free throws down the stretch,” Von Vogt said.

“Clackamas is the two-time defending NWAACC champion and we battled right with them on their own home court.”

Against Walla Walla, DeShaun Freeman led the Pirates with 20 points and 11 rebounds while four other players had double figures.

Mitrell Clark had 16 points, followed by Sammeon Waller with 14, Jerry Johnson with 12 and Thad Vinson with 11.

Freeman also had a blocked shot and a steal in the game.

Freeman and Clark made the all-tournament team.

Aaron Corsi led the Warriors with 22 points while Jay Payne and Jason Smith had 17 each.

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