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. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tritons Score 114 in Win Over Yakima Valley

Devin Stoen scored 18 with 4 assists Sunday
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OREGON CITY -- The Tritons scored a season-high in points when they defeated Yakima Valley 114-69 Sunday afternoon in game two of the Clackamas Holiday Classic. Charlie Smith led Edmonds with 25 points on an 8-for-10 shooting performance. Smith also pulled down 7 rebounds.

With the win the Tritons improved to 8-3 on the year and advances in the winner's bracket to play Tacoma CC at 5 p.m. Monday. The winner of that contest reaches Tuesday's championship game.

EdCC shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor Sunday and made 9-of-19 (47%) 3-pointers. Additionally, the Tritons made 37 shots from the free-throw line and out rebounded the Yaks by a 53-26 margin. 

The Tritons scored 23 points off of 14 YVCC turnovers and got 55 points from the bench. 

Yakima Valley (2-10) lost for the third time in as many games to EdCC, shooting just 32 percent Sunday afternoon. 

Besides Smith, five other EdCC players reached double-figures in points. Devin Stoen had 18 points and 4 assists, Zach Pederson scored 18 and pulled in 8 rebounds, Blake Fernandez had 15 points, Sam Omondi added 12 points and 7 boards and Jas Coulson had 10 points and 3 assists. 

Tacoma (3-6) defeated Linn-Benton 91-62 in another opening-round game Sunday. 

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.