Friday, December 19, 2014

Tritons Fall to Treasure Valley at GRCC Crossover

Asiyah Davis had 19 points
for Edmonds CC on Thursday
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AUBURN -- The EdCC women's basketball team was defeated by Treasure Valley 79-55 Thursday afternoon at the Green River Crossover. Though Tritons lost, they played much better against the Chukars than they on December 6, when the result was a 101-39 loss. 

TVCC (6-4) entered the break Thursday with a 54-31 lead but Edmonds played the Chukars close in the second stanza and were outscored by just one point, 25-24.

Edmonds shot 42 percent from the field led by 19 points from Asiyah Davis. Shaleea Butler added 10 points with Mariah Martin contributing 9 points. 

Three Chukars scored in double-figures led by Heather Waldemar's 15.

The Tritons (1-6)  will take on host Green River (3-6) at noon Friday. GRCC fell to Portland 83-75 on Thursday. The loser of that contest is eliminated from the tournament while the winner advances to Saturday's noon consolation game.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Second Half Surge Propels EdCC Over Clippers

Destine Kawaka scored 13 points Wednesday
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LYNNWOOD - The EdCC men's basketball team rallied from a 10-point halftime defect to defeat visiting South Puget Sound CC Wednesday night in Seaview Gym, 86-74. 

With an 85-73 win in Olympia earlier in the year, the Tritons swept the non-league home-and-away series with the Clippers and improved to 5-2 on the year. 

Edmonds came out of the gate red-hot Wednesday, taking an 8-0 and a 15-6 lead over SPSCC. The Clippers stormed back to tie the game at 15-15, however. The two sides traded shots for awhile but South Puget Sound would go up by as much as 12 points before heading into the break with a 49-39 advantage. 

The Clippers (4-6), which knocked off #1-ranked Spokane on Monday, would lose some of their shooting touch in the second stanza while the Tritons, led by Zach Pederson, warmed up. The deficit was just one point at the 14:34 mark and a bucket by Sam Omondi at 11:01 tied the game at 60-60.

A 3-pointer from Blake Fernandez put EdCC ahead for the first time in a long time. The Clippers hung tough for awhile but a pair of free throws and a jumper from Omondi put Edmonds ahead by four and the team would never look back. 

The Tritons stretched their lead to 13 points just two minutes later and that was basically the ball game.

Pederson led EdCC with 26 points and 10 rebounds with Charlie Smith adding 15 points and Destine Kawaka contributing 13 points.

Four Clippers scored in double-figures led by Jordan Higgins and Elijah Sanders, each of whom scored 15. 

Edmonds had a slim advantage in shooting percentage (42 to 39 percent), but out rebounded the Clippers 54-44. What kept SPSCC in the game early was free throws. The Clippers made their first 16 attempts from the stripe and ended up going 22-28.

The Tritons head over to South Puget Sound on Friday to participate in a NWAC Crossover Tournament. EdCC's first tilt is versus Yakima Valley Friday at 2 pm.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tritons Edge Gators in Overtime Thriller

Coach Gray talks to the Tritons during Friday's game
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LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds Community College got a measure of revenge Friday night in Seaview Gym when the Tritons defeated Green River 88-82 in an overtime thriller. The Gators topped EdCC 76-61 earlier in the year. Friday's win pushed EdCC's season record to 4-2.

Zach Pederson led Edmonds with 21 points and 11 rebounds but it was Charlie Smith and his four three-pointers that were the difference. Three of Smith's treys came in during the last seven minutes of Friday's non-league tilt and two were on back-to-back possessions in overtime. 

The score went back-and-forth all game. Edmonds trailed by as much as six in the first but went into the break with a six-point lead. The Gators stormed back and retook the lead at 15:55 in the second stanza. The Tritons fell behind by as many as seven points (71-64) with six minutes remaining in regulation.

Buckets by Smith, Sam Omondi and two free throws by Pederson brought EdCC to within one. But the Gatos would hold off the Tritons and be in front by four with just 46 seconds left. Pederson sank a jumper and Smith would force a steal on the next Gator possession which led to a bucket by Destine Kawaka. That shot evened the score at 77-77. 

A Green River offensive foul gave Edmonds the opportunity to win the game in regulation by Jas Coulson's layup circled in and out of the hoop when time expired.

Pederson made the first basket of overtime, followed by another by Omondi (who would score 19 points). The Gators evened the score with four consecutive points and eventually led by one until the back-to-back threes from Smith gave EdCC the lead for good. 

Edmonds shot 45 percent and scored 27 points on three-pointers. The Gators shot 49 percent and had 24 points off of treys. The Tritons out-rebounded GRCC 40-33. 

Blake Fernandez added 11 points and five assists for EdCC.

Bernard Sanders led Green River (5-3) with 20 points with both CM Garrett and Damon Cikanek adding 17 points. 

The Tritons will be at home on Wednesday to host South Puget Sound. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tritons Reach Century Mark Against YVCC

Umut Akkepenek scored 22 points
 for Edmonds on Wednesday

LYNNWOOD – The Edmonds CC Tritons (3-2) climbed above .500 on the season after defeating Yakima Valley CC 103-77 Wednesday night in Seaview Gym. The Tritons were paced by 22 points from Umut Akkepenek and 21 points from Zach Pederson.

EdCC started slowly, however, and trailed 13-5 seven minutes into the first half. But a 17-2 run reversed the tide and put Edmonds out in front for good. The Tritons entered the break with a 46-32 advantage and had game-best 30-point lead with 2:20 to go in the game.

A field goal by Alec Calloway with 41 seconds left put the Tritons over the 100-point mark. The last time the Tritons scored triple figures was last December against South Puget Sound.

Edmonds shot 55 percent Wednesday, scored 19 points off of turnovers and outrebounded YVCC 56-42. The Triton bench had a major impact and contributed 49 points in the win. 

Akkepenek was 7-for-7 from the field and made a pair of three-pointers. Pederson was 8-of-12. Sam Omondi and Destine Kawaka added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Omondi had nine rebounds to lead EdCC.

The Yaks shot 39 percent. Marshaun Williams had 18 points to lead YVCC (2-6).

The Tritons will be at home this Friday for a 7 p.m. contest against Green River. The Gators beat EdCC 76-61 on November 25. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tritons Top Titans in Non League Tilt

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TACOMA -- The EdCC women's basketball team claimed its first win of the year Tuesday night by beating Tacoma CC 51-49 in a non-league game. The win moves the Triton's record to 1-3 on the season.

Mariah Martin led Edmonds with 18 points after going 8-for-13 from the field and hitting both of her three-point attempts. Asiyah Davis chipped in with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists with Mia Hayek adding 12 points. Brianna Joki grabbed 12 rebounds for the Tritons.

Three Titons (0-3) scored in double-figures, paced by 15 points from Carsen Stanley. Samira Miller pulled down 18 boards.

Neither team shot well, with TCC actually outshooting EdCC 37 to 33 percent and it was the Titans with 10 more rebounds (52-42). The Tritons took 10 more shots than did Tacoma, however, and the Titans were dreadful at the free throw line, making just 5 of 21 attempts.

Edmonds scored 15 points on treys, compared to just six from TCC.

The Tritons led 24-23 at the half and also had one more point than did Tacoma in the second.

EdCC will next play at the Everett Tournament this weekend. The team's first tilt is against Spokane on Friday starting at 2 pm.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pederson Scores 30 to Lead Men's Hoops

Zach Pederson scored 30 and had 11 boards vs. Pierce
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TACOMA -- The EdCC men's basketball team snapped a two-game skid by defeating Pierce College 88-83 Saturday night. The win evens the Tritons mark to 2-2 on the season. 

Edmonds shot a robust 51 percent against the Red Raiders, a vast improvement from the prior two contests. Leading the Tritons in scoring was Zach Pederson who had 30 points on a 14-23 shooting effort. Pederson also pulled in 11 rebounds in the win.

Three other Tritons scored at least 10 points: Charlie Smith (15), Jas Coulson (10) and Devin Stoen (10). Blake Fernandez contributed six assists and five points, Smith and Stoen added five and four assists, respectively. 

Edmonds outshot the Raiders (51 to 47 percent) but were outrebounded 42-39. Both teams struggled at the free throw line, EdCC making just 9-of-18 at the stripe.

Keasen Kelly led PC with 18 points with Hussayn Ford scoring 14 and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Red Raiders fell to 2-4.

The Tritons led by three at the half (39-36) and outscored Pierce in the second 49-47 in the second for the five-point margin of victory. EdCC scored 15 second chance points and made seven threes, both of which were difference makers in the non-league tilt. 

EdCC will be at home for three straight contests starting with Yakima Valley on Wednesday, December 10. Tip-off is at 7 pm. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tritons Split First Two Games of 2014

SPSCC box | BMCC box

The Edmonds CC men's basketball team split its first two games of the 2014-15 season this past weekend, defeating South Puget Sound 85-73 in Olympia on Friday before dropping a 51-50 heartbreaker in Seaview Gym to Blue Mountain CC on Saturday. 

Against SPSCC the Tritons shot just 37.5 percent (28-78) but managed to take 16 more shots than the Clippers did. The team was led by 19 points from Devin Stoen. Charlie Smith chipped in with 15 points with Blake Fernandez and Zach Pederson contributing 11 and 10 points, respectively. 

Fernandez pulled down eight rebounds and had a team-best four assists. 

Leading SPSCC was Elijah Sanders with 25 points and eight boards. The Clippers shot 41.8 percent and pulled down 45 rebounds.

Edmonds had a mere two-point lead heading into halftime (37-35) but pulled away from SPSCC in the second by going on a 12-0 run to start the stanza. EdCC would eventually win by 12.

The Tritons had another sub par shooting night against the Timberwolves on Saturday, making just 19-66 (28.8%) of their attempts. Edmonds was good on just 3-15 three-pointers as well. 

The game was a back-and forth wit each side struggling to make a shot. The teams were squared up a 23-23 at intermission but the Tritons went ahead by seven points in the second. Blue Mountain fought back and led by one point with 14 seconds left. 

Charlie Smith made a layup with seven seconds to go to put EdCC up by one, but the Timberwolves would silence Seaview when Jarrell Bell dished off a pass to Max Mueller who laid in the ball with 0.7 seconds to go. That would be the game-winner.

Smith scored 13 points for Edmonds with Sam Omondi pulling down 11 boards. Muller led BMCC with 19 points.

The Tritons travel to Green River CC on Tuesday, November 25, for a non-conference tilt that starts at 7 p.m.