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P.C. men take Chemeketa tourney
Voters might want to rethink dropping Peninsula in the latest poll.
The Pirates (7-1) may have slipped two spots from their perch atop the NWAACC poll, but they look tough as ever after sweeping three games on their way to a championship at the Chemeketa Crossover Tournament in Salem, Ore., last weekend.
J.T. Terrell, who was named the tourney MVP, averaged 31 points per game and Tyler Funk hit five 3-pointers in the finale as Peninsula overwhelmed Columbia Basin in the title game Dec. 18.
The Pirates opened with a 109-85 victory against Southwest Oregon, lighting up the Lakers for 55-percent shooting (44 of 80) from the field.
It took some time for our guys to find our legs, but once they did I really liked what I saw,” Peninsula coach Lance Von Vogt said. “We are still very raw and have a long ways to go defensively. The exciting thing is the ceiling for this team is extremely high.”
P.C. followed that up by a 97-63 walloping of Lower Columbia on Dec. 17, racing to a 22-point first-half lead. Terrell led Peninsula with 32 points while Dudley Ewell added 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Pirates needed a second-half surge to top Columbia Basin 96-84 in the championship game a day later, getting 24 from Terrell and 20 points from Funk, 15 from behind the three-point stripe.
The red-hot shooting Hawks led 42-39 at halftime.
P.C. women slip to sixth
Two points is all that separated Peninsula’s women from finishing a pre-conference season tourney in third place.
But after dropping an eight-point decision to top-ranked Clackamas on Dec. 17, the Pirates gave up a first-half lead and fell 76-75 to Southwest Oregon at the Clackamas Crossover Tournament in Oregon, finishing 1-2 overall.
Peninsula opened the tourney with a 64-48 win against Treasure Valley, outscoring the Chukars 37-25 in the second half.
Taylor Larson led all scorers with 28 points, sinking 14 of 20 shots from the field. Jesse Ellis added 12 points and eight rebounds while Karli Brakes paced the defense with eight steals.
Peninsula held Treasure Valley to 29-percent shooting and forced 28 turnovers.
That set up a showdown with undefeated Clackamas in the semis. Led by sophomore guard MaKesha Bizon, the Cougars grabbed a 41-32 lead in the first half and held on for the win.
Bizon sank five 3-pointers en route to 26 points.
Raquel Young led Peninsula with 16 points, Jasmine Yarde added 15 points and Larson had 14 points and seven rebounds. Ellis had eight points, five steals and five assists.
The Pirates couldn’t overcome 27 turnovers, leading to 29 Cougar points.
In the third/sixth place game, Peninsula lost a 4-point first-half lead to Southwest Oregon, dropping to 6-4 overall on the season.
Larson led the Pirate offense with 20 points, hitting nine of 15 shots. Yarde had eight points and 10 rebounds but was just two-of-12 from the field.
The Lakers, led by Maricela Aguilera’s 17 points, scored a 16-11 advantage from the free-throw line.
The Pirate men and women have a break until they open their conference schedule Jan. 4 at Seattle.
They open their home conference campaign Jan. 7 against Skagit Valley.