After averaging 85 points in their recent three-game stint in Oregon, it seems the Peninsula Pirate men have found their scoring stroke.
The Pirates overcame a loss to the No. 6-ranked Clackamas Cougars to capture third place at the Clackamas Holiday Tournament in Oregon City, Ore., last week.
The Pirates (5-4) capitalized on 22 turnovers in defeating the Blue Mountain Timberwolves in the tourney’s first round on Dec. 28.
Peninsula’s momentum did not transfer to the following day, however, as the host Cougars downed the Pirates.
The Pirates concluded the three-day tournament on Dec. 30 by edging the Walla Walla Warriors by four points.
Second-half outburst powers Peninsula
After shooting a dismal 21 percent from the field in the first half, the Pirates exploded for 62 points in the second frame to top Blue Mountain 86-75 in the Clackamas tourney opener.
Propelled by the 25-point effort of Mitrell Clark and 19 points from reserve Sammeon Waller, the Pirates sailed past Blue Mountain (1-8) in the second half, shooting 60 percent on three-point attempts.
With success on four of six tries beyond the three-point arc, Thad Vinson chipped in 15 points for Peninsula.
Anthony Williams added six scores and nabbed nine rebounds.
No. 6 Cougars topple Pirates
The Pirates hung with the high-scoring Clackamas Cougars (8-3), who now have scored 80 or more points in seven of their first 11 games, but eventually the Cougars’ prolific scoring proved to be more than Peninsula could handle.
Clackamas downed the Pirates, 104-92.
Utilizing each of their 14 first-half trips to the free-throw line, the Pirates led Clackamas 40-35 at halftime. The Cougars nearly tripled their score in the second stanza, though, due largely to their 76-percent success on attempts from the field.
Once again, Clark was the Pirates’ leading scorer, pouring in 30 points and gathering five rebounds.
DeShaun Freeman rippled the nets for 17 scores and grabbed four boards.
P.C. edges Warriors with even attack
Riding five double-digit scoring performances, Peninsula capped their nonconference schedule with a narrow defeat of the Walla Walla Warriors, 77-73.
The Pirates’ balanced offensive attack was supplemented by their swarming defense, which, in creating 15 turnovers, generated 19 points.
Freeman tickled the twine for 20 points and snatched 11 rebounds. Clark continued his torrid shooting with 16 buckets.
Waller and Jerry Johnson provided a spark off the bench for the Pirates. Waller netted 14 points while Johnson added 12.
Aaron Corsi led Walla Walla (7-4) with 22 points.
Peninsula begins NWAACC North Division play at 7 p.m. today, Jan.5, at Olympic College (1-6 in nonconference games) in Bremerton.