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Peninsula lead fades late in loss to Skagit

So much for a happy Valentine's Day for the Stewarts.

Following the Peninsula women's two-point loss to Skagit Valley in the first game of an NWAACC doubleheader Saturday night, the Peninsula men saw a late lead dissolve into a 60-53 loss to the Skagit men.

That gave losses to both Julie Stewart (women's coach) and husband Peter (men's coach).

The Pirates (6-6 in conference play, 9-14 overall) had a 11-point lead with 13 minutes left but saw it vanish in the span of six minutes.

Up 36-27 nearly halfway through the second half, Peninsula saw Skagit make a 9-0 run. After Peninsula's Chidi Antoinne sank a two-point put-back to tie the score at 40-40, Skagit's Steve Cook got a score to give the Cardinals a lead they'd never relinquish; it was the first basket of a Skagit 11-0 run.

Jesse Bean led the Pirates with 17 points and seven rebounds while Jake Pappuleas added 11 points off the bench, but Peninsula struggled once again with shooting and ball handling. The Pirates hit just 17-of-48 from the floor (35 percent) and had 21 turnovers while Skagit managed to sink 42 percent from the field and commit just 10 turnovers.

Antoinne had six points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks in the loss.

Chas Kok and Trent Leach led Skagit Valley with 13 points apiece.

The loss drops Peninsula into fifth place in the NWAACC North division with four games remaining. The Pirates, one game behind Whatcom for fourth place, need to finish in the top four to qualify for the NWAACC postseason tournament.

The Pirates host North Seattle on Feb. 18 and travel to Whatcom on Feb. 21. Earlier this season, Peninsula fell at North Seattle 84-80 and beat Whatcom's Orcas at home, 86-69.

The Pirate men travel to Everett Feb. 25 and host Edmonds Feb. 28 in their final regular season contest.



Serras hits

game-winner at Oly

What do you do when your best player fouls out? Give it to the tall kid.

Little-used Dion Serras, a 6-foot 7-inch perimeter player from Australia, took a Cody Killian pass, pump-faked his defender and looped in a 12-footer with five seconds left to lift Peninsula to a 76-65 win at division co-leading Olympic on Feb. 11.

Serras, averaging 1.7 points per game this season, hit for seven points.

Killian was the Ranger killer last week, however, sinking all five three-point tries on his way to a team-high 23 points while Antoinne had a fine all-around game with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks - all team-highs.

The teams were tied at 38 apiece and battled back and forth all night. The game featured 19 lead changes.

Bean, Peninsula's top scorer, had 18 points but fouled out with about three minutes remaining.

But Serras made sure the Pirates would come home happy, drilling the mid-range jumper.

Peninsula's Cody Smithson added 11 points.

Olympic's Duntae Jones led all scorers with 26 points.



NWAACC North

Division standings

Team Conf. Over.

Bellevue 10-2 21-4

Olympic 10-3 18-4

Skagit Vly. 10-3 15-8

Whatcom 7-5 14-8

Peninsula 6-6 9-14

Seattle 6-6 9-14

Everett 5-8 7-15

Edmonds 2-11 2-15

Shoreline 0-12 6-17





Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.





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