KENNEWICK -- The Edmonds Community College men's basketball team fell to Pierce 85-63 Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NWAACC championships held in the Tri-Cities Toyota Center. The loss dropped the Tritons into the loser's bracket where they will face Spokane 2 pm Monday. The best that EdCC can do now is fifth place.
Sunday's contest against the fourth-ranked Raiders looked promising early on for Edmonds. The Tritons had an 8-point, first-half lead until a 16-2 run by Pierce College to end the half put EdCC in the hole 48-42. The Pierce run was ignited by guard Gary Jacobs who sank a pair of 3-pointers, followed by a steal and a layup for eight straight Raider points.
Pierce (22-6) stretched its run to 14 consecutive points to start the second. They jumped out on top by 13 after five minutes of play on a 3-pointer from Jacobs and pushed their advantage to 25 on a fast break bucket from sophomore Isaiah Barsh. The Tritons could get no closer than 18 the rest of the way, eventually falling by 22. Pierce moves onto the semifinals to play Highline.
The Raiders outshot the Tritons 51 to 35 percent and forced 19 turnovers which were turned into 23 points. Pierce was also good on 43 percent of its 3-point attempts (6 of 14), while EdCC made just 4 of 18 (22 percent) from behind the arc.
Jacobs had 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for Pierce. Devin Matthews dished out 13 assists for the Raiders with Paul Loranger contributing 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Edmonds (18-11) was paced by Payton Pervier's 24 points and 20 rebounds. The freshman center scored 20 of his points in the first half, however. Charlie Smith came off the bench to score 14 points with Samuel Omondi adding 10 points and 7 rebounds.