Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tritons Topple Top-Ranked Bellevue

A packed house watched a thriller Wednesday

LYNNWOOD – Triton sophomore Ian Tevis nailed a clutch 3-pointer to lift NWAC No. 2-ranked Edmonds over No. 1 Bellevue 84-81 Wednesday night in front of a packed house in Seaview Gymnasium. 

With the win EdCC improves to 21-5 overall, 8-2 in North Region play and handed the Bulldogs (23-3, 10-1) their first league loss of the year. The setback also snapped a 14-game BC win streak.

The two top-ranked squads split their two match ups this season, Bellevue beating EdCC 84-82 in an overtime thriller last month. Wednesday’s contest was just as action-packed.

Edmonds came out strong and grabbed an 8-2 lead three minutes into the contest and were ahead by 10 midway into the first half. The Bulldogs rallied and closed the gap to just two points at the 6:55 mark only to have the Tritons go on a 13-0 run. At the half it was Edmonds in front 40-31.

Bellevue scored the first eight points in the second stanza, thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Dominque Jordan. Another trey by Jordan put BC in the lead 47-45 at 16:07.

The two sides traded leads for the next few minutes. The Tritons took a three-point lead at 8:23 after back-to-back buckets by Jas Coulson. Edmonds quickly shot ahead by 10 points after Coulson hit a three and another jumper. Sam Omondi capped the run with a bucket to make the score 75-65 EdCC at 4:01.  

BC wasn’t done, though. Jalen Ward hit a jumper and made two free throws. Don Holub followed with a 3-pointer and Edmond’s lead was just three points with 1:33 left. EdCC missed on four-consecutive free throws over the last minute and BC made two more and shrank the deficit to one point.

Zach Pederson snapped the Triton offensive drought with a layup with 23 ticks on the clock to give EdCC another three-point lead.  Jordan hit another clutch 3-pointer on the following possession to even the score at 81-81.

It seemed like the two squads might go to overtime for the second straight game but Destine Kawaka found Tevis deep behind the arc and the guard delivered the shot of the night with 1.4 seconds left.

Edmonds ended up shooting 53 percent from the field Wednesday and also made nine treys, but the Tritons were terrible at the free throw line, making just 5-of-17. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent and also made nine threes, but were good on 24-31 at the stripe.

Blake Fernandez paced Edmonds with 18 points and dished out three assists. Coulson added 15 points with Omondi and Tevis each contributing 11 points. Pederson and Smith both scored 10 points with Pederson pulling down 12 rebounds.

Jordan led all players with 22 points. Holub scored 21 in the BC loss with Ward adding 21 points.

The Tritons host Shoreline on Saturday with the tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Edmonds trails BC by one game in the standings and will need some help to claim the 2014-15 North Region title. Both teams have already qualified for the NWAC Championship Tournament. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Edmonds Comes Close Against Whatcom

Shaleea Butler scored 25 points Saturday
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LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds CC and visiting Whatcom CC fought hard for 40 minutes in Seaview Gym Saturday in a game that saw 13 lead changes and six ties but it was WCC winning 71-64. 

The all-freshmen EdCC women led 59-58 with less than five minutes remaining in the NWAC North Region game but the visiting Orcas would outscore the Tritons 13-4 down the stretch.

The Tritons went into intermission down 35-31 but came out of the break with two quick buckets to even the score. Edmonds went up by as much as five points and trailed by as many as nine with 12 minutes remaining. A 12-2 run put EdCC in the lead at 56-55.

EdCC outshot WCC 49 to 43 percent and both squads made just two 3-pointers. What really hurt the Tritons and helped the Orcas was the free-throw line. Edmonds made just 10-of-21 from the line while Whatcom was good on 23-of-31. 

Shaleea Butler had her best game in a Triton uniform, scoring 25 points on an 8-for-11 shooting night and adding nine free-throws. The freshman guard also pulled in seven rebounds and had three steals and two assists. 

Asiyah Davis added 20 points, six boards, two steals and two assists. Mariah Martin and Mia Hayek contributed nine and six points respectively. 

Leading the Orcas with 20 points was Nikki Gilbert. Gilbert was especially effective at the stripe late, making 13-14 there. 

Whatcom improved to 7-10 overall, 2-2 in league play with EdCC falling to 1-13, 0-3. The Tritons will be on the road this week, playing at Bellevue on Wednesday at 5 pm and at Shoreline on Saturday at 2 pm. 

Tritons Top Whatcom for Eighth Straight Victory

Ian Tevis dunks against WCC
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LYNNWOOD -- The NWAC No. 2-ranked Tritons won their eighth-straight game Saturday night in Seaview Gym when they defeated visiting Whatcom 93-55. With the win Edmonds CC improved to 15-3 overall, 3-0 in North league play. 

WCC scored the game's first points but a 3-pointer from Triton guard Charlie Smith put the Tritons in the lead for good. Edmonds would extend its advantage to double-digits nine minutes in and be up by as much as 20 points before entering the break in front 42-28.

The Orcas closed the gap to 11 points in the second stanza but EdCC would quickly take back control of the NWAC North contest. With seven minutes remaining the advantage was 36 points. The EdCC lead was a game-best 41 points at 1:03. 

The Tritons led WCC in just about every offensive category, including shooting percentage (52 to 31 percent) and 3-pointers (12 to 2). Whatcom (2-13, 0-4)  did have the advantage in rebounds (44-31).

Smith paced Edmonds with 19 points and five assists with Ian Tevis adding 16 points. Zach Pederson had 11 points and Umut Akkepenek had nine points. Thirteen Tritons played Saturday with 11 scoring at least two points. 

No Whatcom player reached double-digits in points, though three Orcas (Isaak Davies, Casey Leek and Quinton Whitfield) scored eight points.

The Tritons will head to Bellevue on Wednesday, January 21. That 7 pm North tilt will be the top game in the NWAC as BC (16-2, 3-0) enters with as the League's top-ranked squad with EdCC sitting at No. 2. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Triton Men Beat Everett, Win 7th Straight

Devin Stoen scored 19 points Wednesday
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LYNNWOOD - Edmonds CC, the NWAC's No. 2-ranked men's basketball team, defeated visiting Everett CC 88-62 Wednesday night in Seaview Gym and improved to 14-3 overall, 2-0 in North League play. The victory was the seventh-straight for EdCC.

Everett (10-7, 1-1) went ahead 7-3 but an 8-0 EdCC run erased the deficit and put the home team in front for good. The Tritons led by 10 points less than eight minutes into the contest and entered the half up 50-31. 

The second half saw EvCC nearly close the gap to single digits but Edmonds eventually went up by as much as 26 points, which was the final margin of victory.

The Tritons shot 41 percent, compared to just 28 percent from Everett and pulled down 52 rebounds to 45 from the Trojans. 

Charlie Smith and Devin Stoen did most of the offensive work for the Tritons, scoring 22 and 19 points respectively. Smith added eight rebounds. Zach Pederson contributed 14 points and seven rebounds with Sam Omondi scoring 10 points in the win.

Just two Trojans: Dominque McClendon (16) and Luke DuChesne (12) reached double-digits in points. 

The Tritons welcome Whatcom CC for a North League tilt on Saturday, tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

EdCC Claims Clackamas Tournament Title

EdCC, Clackamas Tournament Champions 
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OREGON CITY - The Tritons claimed the 2014 Clackamas Holiday Tournament championship on Tuesday by defeating Walla Walla 90-79. Edmonds improved to 10-13 with the triumph and dropped the Warriors to 7-6.

The Tritons shot 44 percent (36-81), controlled the boards (49-39) and had 26 second chance points. Edmonds forced 15 WWCC turnovers which led to 20 points. The Triton bench continues to shine, adding 24 points to the win Tuesday.

Charlie Smith led EdCC with 27 points and six assists. Tournament MVP Zach Pederson added 15 points and 10 rebounds to the win with Blake Fernandez contributing 10 points. Sam Omondi pulled in seven rebounds with Devin Stoen scoring six and grabbing six boards.

Matt Grooms and Satchel Schetzie had 26 and 24 points for the Warriors, respectively. 

Aside from Pederson, Smith and Destine Kawaka were named all-tournament.

The Tritons return home for a pair of non-league contests before playing their first NWAC North contest. On Friday, January 2, EdCC hosts an Alumni game at 7 pm. 

All Tournament Team
MVP: Zach Peterson- Edmonds
Vince Bouman-Clackamas
Derek Brown JR- Everett
Dustine Kawaka- Edmonds
Dominique McClendon_-Everett
Tra’Von McCray- Tacoma
Nate Richard- Walla Walla
Satchel Shetzel- Walla Walla
Charley Smith- Edmonds
Adam Moore- Linn-Benton
Shayne Rixie- Clackamas

Tritons Lose Lead and Game to TCC

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LYNNWOOD -- The EdCC women's basketball team lost a five-point half time lead and the game to visiting Tacoma CC Tuesday night in Seaview Gym. The Tritons fell to 1-8 with the loss while TCC improved to 2-6. 

Edmonds came out of the gate strong and took a 8-1 lead. The Titans rallied and eventually took a one-point lead with 4:31 left in the first half. EdCC's Taylor Carpenter made a pair of treys late, however, and the Tritons went into intermission with a 27-22 advantage.

Tacoma, behind the sharp shooting of Carsen Stanley and the rebounding/ scoring of Jemila Leppard, went ahead at the 10 minute mark of the second stanza and never looked back. The Titans were up by as much as much as 12 before settling for the nine-point win.

Leading Edmonds with 14 points was Asiyah Davis. Shaleea Butler added 13 points with Carpenter contributing nine points. The Tritons shot 39 percent from the floor but struggled at the arch (3-13) and the line (4-12). EdCC also turned the ball over 21 times.

Stanley had 17 points for TCC with Leppard adding 16 points and 14 boards.

The Tritons play twice this coming weekend. On Saturday they host Wenatchee Valley and on Sunday the team welcomes Northwest Indian. Both contests start at 3 pm.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

EdCC Men Advance to Clackamas Title Game

Zach Pederson scored 26 points Monday

OREGON CITY – Edmonds CC advanced to the championship game of the Clackamas Holiday Classic by beating Tacoma CC 74-67 Monday evening. The Tritons will face Walla Walla in Tuesday’s 3 pm title tilt.

Edmonds was off of their shooting game when compared to Sunday’s 114-point effort against Yakima Valley, but the Tritons did manage to shoot 40 percent against Tacoma from the field, though the team was a poor 4-for-14 from behind the arc.

What made the difference was EdCC pulling down 47 rebounds, 13 more than did the Titans. Edmonds took 12 more shots than did TCC during the 60 minutes of non-league action.

Leading the way with 26 points and 18 rebounds was Triton forward Zach Pederson. The sophomore went 12-22 from the field and made both of his free throw attempts. Charlie Smith added 15 points and Sam Omondi chipped in with 13 points.

Andre Lewis scored 23 points for Tacoma in the losing effort.

Edmonds improved to 9-3 on the year and dropped the Titans to 3-7.  Walla Walla heads into Tuesday with a 7-5 mark.