|Destine Kawaka scored 13 points Wednesday|
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.