Men’s basketball: Pirates win one, lose one at buzzer

North Region standings

(as of Jan. 22)

Team Conf. Over.

Everett 3-1 15-4

Bellevue 2-2 13-6

Edmonds 2-2 14-5

Olympic 2-2 12-5

Peninsula 2-2 12-7

Shoreline 2-2 6-9

Whatcom 2-2 9-9

Skagit Valley 1-3 7-11

Peninsula overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to knock off Olympic 84-82 in overtime on Jan. 17 in Bremerton.

The Pirates and Rangers were knotted at 25-25 before Olympic reeled off a 16-2 run to close the first half.

Peninsula chipped away at the Rangers’ lead and tied the game at 66-66 with 5:42 remaining. From there, regulation was a back-and-forth affair. Olympic grabbed a three-point lead late, but PC’s Trent Warren sank a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to even the game at 72 apiece. Josiah Westbrook had a chance to win the game for Olympic in regulation, but his jumper was off the mark.

In overtime, the Pirates — who struggled from the line overall, missing 11 of 21 attempts — found their mark from the charity stripe, hitting five of their final six tries. A pair of Warren free throws put PC up 83-80 with 36 seconds left. Olympic’s Ryan Mobley hit a shot to close the gap to 83-82 and Peninsula turned the ball over with 10 seconds remaining, but a Mobley turnover gave it right back to the Pirates.

Kaelin Crane sank one of two free throws for the final score, and Olympic missed a last-gasp 3-pointer.

Marky Adams led the Pirates with 20 points, hitting 10 of 11 from the field and snagging a game-high 16 rebounds, five on the offensive glass. He also had five blocked shots. Colby Jackson had 16 points and four assists, and Cameron Burton chipped in 14 points off the bench.

Josiah Westbrook led the Rangers with 26 points.

Last-second loss

Just days after winning a cliffhanger in overtime, Peninsula’s Pirates lost a heart-breaker in regulation.

The Pirates overcame an eight-point first half deficit but came up short against the host Bellevue Bulldogs, 61-60, on Jan. 20, after giving up a last-second layup to Ting-Jhao Jian.

Peninsula jumped out to a 20-16 lead but Bellevue closed the first half on a 14-2 run.

The Pirates responded with a 27-10 run of their own to open the second half to grab a 49-40 lead with 8:39 left, their biggest lead of the game.

Bellevue battled back to take a two-point lead with three minutes left, but a Cameron Burton 3-pointer and Trent Warren lay-up gave PC a 60-57 lead with 1:45 on the clock.

Yonthan Michael knocked down a jump to rim PC’s lead to one, and Bellevue blocked a pair of Peninsula shots with 20 seconds left, setting the stage for Jian’s buzzer-beater.

Burton led PC with 15 points off the bench. Colby Jackson added nine points and eight assists. Warren chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.

Jaden Vollmen led four Bulldogs in double figures with 12 points.

Looking ahead

Peninsula hosts Skagit Valley on Jan. 24. The Pirates are on the road for four consecutive road contests — Jan. 27 at No. 3-ranked Edmonds, Jan. 31 at Whatcom, Feb. 7 at Shoreline and Feb. 10 at Everett — before their next home game, a Feb. 14 match-up with Olympic.

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