Men’s basketball: Pirates lock up NWAC tourney berth

North Region standings

Team Rec. Over.

Everett 12-1 24-4

Peninsula 8-5 18-10

Bellevue 6-7 17-11

Edmonds 7-6 19-9

Whatcom 6-7 13-13

Shoreline 5-8 8-15

Olympic 4-9 14-12

Skagit Valley 4-9 10-17

With a split of conference games last week, Peninsula’s men’s basketball squad locked up a berth in the NWAC tournament set for early March.

On Feb. 21, Peninsula racked up 47 first half points and didn’t let off the proverbial gas pedal in a 90-62 rout of the Skagit Valley Cardinals in Mt. Vernon.

Marky Adams led six Pirates in double figures with 18 points and 15 rebounds, hitting 8-for-12 from the field and helping PC out-rebound Skagit, 44-28.

Trent Warren sank five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Colby Jackson hit four triples and finished with 14 points and a team-high four steals, while teammate Cameron Burton had 14 points and eight of PC’s 18 assists.

Eshaya Wada led Skagit Valley with 19 points, but the Cardinals couldn’t keep pace with Peninsula’s 54 percent shooting from the field.

Eli’sha Sheppard added 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for Peninsula off the bench.

The Pirates (8-5 in conference 18-10 overall) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end three days later, however, when Edmonds earned a 65-53 win.

Zach Walton led the Tritons with 21 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, as Edmonds held PC to 32.4percent shooting — their second-lowest mark on the season.

Burton, whose 48.1 percent shooting from3-point range is fourth in the NWAC, led Peninsula with 21 points and added eight rebounds. The rest of the Peninsula squad, however, was just 13-of-48 from the field.

Edmonds closed the first half on a 12-0 run to break open what was a 24-24 tie and held on throughout the second half.

With a win over Skagit Valley Feb. 24 and a 12-1 conference mark, Everett — the No. 1-ranked men’s NWAC squad — locked up the North Region crown and will likely get one of four top seeds into the NWAC tournament.

Peninsula finishes the regular season Feb. 28 against Whatcom (6-7, 13-13). The Pirates knocked off Whatcom in Bellingham 82-70 on Jan. 31.

The NWAC tournament is March 10-11 and 17-18 in Everett.

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