C.C. Basketball — Grays Harbor College finishes a road sweep of Olympic

BREMERTON — Grays Harbor College registered its first win of the season on the men’s side of the schedule on Wednesday night with a big heaping serving of defense against Olympic College.

Forcing 28 turnovers, the Chokers utilized their pressure defense and mixed up their defensive sets as well to catch the Rangers off-guard in an 82-68 NWAACC non-division game.

“We pressed almost the entire game,” GHC head coach Jordan Altman said. “We were not very efficient in the first couple of minutes. It was our defensive pressure and intensity that really dictated the whole game. We used pressure and constantly changed defenses to disrupt them. It caught them off-guard.”

Tyler Harrold led the Chokers (1-1 overall) with 15 points, Barry Smith added 12 points and Jordan Bowman 11 points. Nolan Wyatt pulled down nine rebounds and Jeff Harris and Riley Alvord each had four assists.

Coach Altman noted that the Chokers finished with 20 steals in the contest and scored 19 points off turnovers.

On Friday, GHC has the late game (8 p.m.) against Spokane in the Spokane Bigfoot Cardinal Classic.

Grays Harbor College (82) — Hunt 8, Bowman 11, Alvord 3, Davis 4, Richters 9, Harrod 15, Harris 8, Smith 12, Wyatt 8, Nelson 4. FG —29-67 (.433). FT —19-27.

Olympic College (68) — Gurske 9, Kittendorf 17, Otis 6, Ellis, Baker 2, Samuel 2, Johns, Ervin 13, Shula 2, Lewis 9, Spelman 4, Winkley 4. FG — 24-70 (.343). FT — 12-15.

Halftime — Grays Harbor College 44, Olympic 32.


Chokers 64, Rangers 45

BREMERTON — Using its full-court pressure and fast-break offense, Grays Harbor College used its depth to wear down and take over Olympic College in this non-division NWAACC contest on Wednesday.

Freshman guard Bobbi Britt led all scorers with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting for the Chokers (1-2 overall). As a team, GHC shot 33 percent from the field and head coach Christine Nelson saw plenty to like about the contest.

“I feel like we’re playing better and tonight was better,” Nelson said. “They mostly played a zone (defense), so we got good looks inside and crashed the boards. We tried to push the ball, run the whole game.”

GHC scored 28 points off 33 Olympic turnovers, plus got 16 second-chance points and 26 points from players off the bench.

“That helps,” Nelson added. “We were deeper than they were, especially since we were running and pressing.”

Wenda Poleo and Sheleena Giles each pulled down seven rebounds for the Chokers, who outrebounded the Rangers, 60-43.

On Dec. 8, GHC will return to action at Edmonds College.

Grays Harbor College (64) — Maneman 5, Lake 8, Rydman 3, Carmondy 4, Britt 18, Swisher 4, Poleo 8, Patterson, Russell 2, Dotson 4, Giles 6, Starr. FG — 28-85 (.329). FT — 7-12.

Olympic College (45) — Jennings 9, Goodwin 1, Amian 4, Lockhart 1, Jordan 2, Lindsey 17, Arnone, Lane 6, Buleigh, Zimmerman 5. FG — 15-62 (.242). FT — 12-17.

Halftime — Grays Harbor College 29, Olympic 18.