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Rangers upset P.C. men

Round two goes to the Rangers.

Despite an off night from their best shooter and getting out-worked on the glass, Olympic College's men's hoopsters got their first conference win of the season, at the expense of Peninsula College Pirates.

Isaiah Thompson scored 19 points and Cartiea French-Toney had 18 points, seven assists and five steals as Olympic upset Peninsula, knocking the Pirates (5-4 in conference play) from second to fifth in the NWAACC North division.

"We just didn't play defense (and) couldn't shoot," Peninsula coach Peter Stewart said. "We just couldn't put the ball in the basket. In conference play, you've got to play every game."

P.C.'s Ryan Rutherford had 12 points and Jason Gamblin added 11 points and 21 rebounds in the loss.

In their previous meeting, the Pirates topped Olympic 105-83, thanks to a record-setting performance from Rutherford, who tallied 41 points. In that same game, Ranger Ary Webb nearly matched his Sequim High grad counterpart with 29 points.

This time around, however, other cast members decided the outcome. Webb struggled from the field missing all nine shots, seven of them from the three-point stripe. He finished with six points on 6-of-6 free throw shooting.

"I thought our perimeter defense was good; we took away (Webb) very well," Stewart said.

But Rutherford hit just four of 15 shots and had a team-high six turnovers. Olympic scored 21 points off Pirate miscues, compared to just eight for P.C.

"We've got a tough six inches, and that's between our ears," Stewart said.

The Pirates, led by Gamblin's big night, out-rebounded Olympic 61-34, outscored Olympic 34-6 on second-chance points, outscored Olympic 30-4 on points off the bench, and held the Rangers to 1-of-19 shooting from three-point land.

But the Bremerton-based squad committed just 10 turnovers and held Peninsula to 34 percent shooting.

Christian Manzanza had 11 points, Bryce Jacobson chipped in with nine points and Colton Worley added eight points for Peninsula.

Former Klahowya standout Andre Moore had 12 points for Olympic.

The Pirates are back in action at home against second place Bellevue on Feb. 3 and travel to Skagit Valley on Feb. 6.

Peninsula looks to earn their way back near the top of the NWAACC North division for one of four postseason berths.

"It's a scrap now, all the way," Stewart said.



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.

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