By getting in the final rounds in a shootout, the Grays Harbor College men completed a doubleheader sweep on Saturday night.
Tallying 18 points in the final four minutes, the Chokers outlasted South Puget Sound, 103-97, in the men’s half of an NWAACC Western Division co-ed doubleheader at Sam Benn Gym.
The Choker women also prevailed, 59-33.
Chokers 103, Clippers 97
Riley Alvord narrowly missed a triple-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Choker men (2-12, 4-19). Teammate Barry Smith also attained a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Grays Harbor coach Jordan Altman wasn’t limiting his praise to those two, however.
“This was absolutely, positively a win by committee,” he asserted. “Everbody played at least 10 minutes and everybody scored. It was a great team effort.”
Down 50-47 at the half, the Chokers surged to an 11-point lead midway through a fast-paced final 20 minutes. But the Clippers rallied to regain the advantage at 83-82 on a Scotty Ewing free throw with 4:44 remaining.
Grays Harbor’s Arthur Erholm and D.J. Eubanks responded by knocking down 3-point baskets within a 33-second span to put the Chokers back on top to stay, 91-87, with 3:28 remaining.
Alvord weaved through the Clipper defense for consecutive layins and combined with Alex Richters and Nolan Wyatt to hit clutch free throws in the late going.
Tyler Harrod added 12 points and Richters 10 for Grays Harbor. The Chokers shot 53 percent from the field and owned a 42-37 rebounding advantage.
Ewing led all scorers with 29 points.
Chokers 59, Clippers 33
Grays Harbor College capitalized on defense to pull away from South Puget Sound.
Wenda Poleo had a double-double to lead the Chokers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Mallory Maneman added 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Molly Carmody and Bianca Russell pulled down nine rebounds apiece for the Chokers (3-11, 7-16). The Chokers outrebounded the Clippers, 56-31.
The Clippers (1-13, 2-20) had two players score in double figures.
“We played very hard, especially great defense, holding them to 33 points,” said Choker coach Christine Nelson. “We were passing the ball well and attacking the basket, especially in the second half. Everybody played well.”
Nelson cited Poleo and Maneman for fine all-around play and Carmody for effective play at the point guard position.
Both Choker teams will hit the road to play Green River Community College on Wednesday.
South Puget Sound (33) — Stedham 15, Raben 13, Houchen 3, Pala, Pridgen 2, Owens, Willey. FG — 11-62 (.177). FT — 8-15.
Grays Harbor College (59) — Maneman 17, Rydman 2, Carmody 2, Starr 3, Swisher 7, Poleo 18, Patterson, Russell 8, Dotson 2. FG — 24-65 (.369). FT — 8-15.
Halftime score — Grays Harbor 21, South Puget Sound 15.
South Puget Sound (97) — Smith 21, Carter, Fuller 13, Ewing 29, Foster 3, Podowicz 19, Grewal, Redman 12. FG — 29-72 (.403). FT — 28-39.
Grays Harbor (103) — Hunt 8, Bowman 7, Eubanks 8, Alvord 24, Richters 10, Harrod 12, Smith 14, Wyatt 7, Erholm 9, Davis 4. FG — 37-70 (.529). FT — 20-27.
Halftime: South Puget Sound 50, Grays Harbor 47.