It took all 40 minutes, but Peninsula’s men locked up the North Region’s No. 2 seed to the NWAC tournament. In the process they ended another team’s season.
PC got 31 points and seven assists from Colby Jackson as the Pirates (9-5 in conference play, 19-10 overall) edged Whatcom 105-97 on Feb. 28, their final game before the postseason tourney.
Peninsula will take on Clackamas (9-7, 17-12), the No. 3 seed from the South Region at 8 a.m. on March 10 in Everett — the first game of the tournament.
The winner from that match-up takes on the winner of the South Puget Sound-Yakima Valley contest at 2 p.m. on March 11.
The Final Four match-ups are set for March 17-18.
Against Whatcom, Peninsula jumped out to a 51-44 lead by halftime. The Orcas, behind Trazil Lane’s 37 points, closed the gap to five (100-95) with 1:35 on the clock, but Jackson responded with a 3-pointer moments later to put PC comfortably ahead.
Jackson said he likes the Pirates’ chances at the NWAC tournament because of the team’s depth and versatility.
“I feel confident — when we play together, it’s kind of hard to stop us because we have multiple pieces,” he said.
The loss bumped Whatcom out of postseason contention; the Orcas were tied with Bellevue going into the season’s final day and had beaten the Bulldogs twice, but Bellevue knocked off Olympic that same night.
Trent Warren had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assist for Peninsula while teammate Cameron Burton added 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Markay Adams had 10 points off the bench.
“For us, it was a playoff-type game,” Peninsula coach Mitch Freeman said. “We were due for a good shooting night. I thought we played loose and that we trusted each other.”
PC shot 36-for-66 (54.5 percent) from the field and even better from beyond the 3-point arc at 15-for-23 (65 percent).
Peninsula Daily News sports editor Pierre LaBossiere contributed to this report.