Choker men take care of the ball and Titans

TACOMA — Improved ball-handling has translated into better fortunes for the Grays Harbor College men.

Committing only four turnovers in the second half, the Chokers completed a season sweep of Tacoma Community College, 79-71, in an NWAACC Western Division men’s basketball game Saturday at Tacoma.

Bryan McGriff scored 26 points to lead a quartet of double-figure scorers for the Chokers (4-5, 7-11). Tim Straghter added 13 points, while Cameron Ladson and Hoquiam’s Bryan Irion added 12 points each.

The Chokers enjoyed a significant advantage in field-goal shooting and were aided by Tacoma’s 14-of-28 performance from the foul line. Grays Harbor coach Jordan Altman, however, credited his team’s ball-handling with providing the difference. The Chokers had only 13 turnovers for the contest.

“Down the stretch, we did a really good job of controlling the ball,” Altman said. “The last two games, in particular, I can’t think of too many possessions where we didn’t take care of the ball.”

Interestingly, Tacoma had even fewer miscues in a mistake-free game. The Titans committed only nine turnovers.

The game featured six ties and eight lead changes, but the Chokers led for almost the entire second half.

Point guard Ladson actually paced the Chokers in rebounding with nine. McGriff, meanwhile, hit 11 of 18 field-goal attempts.

Marquis Blackwell topped Tacoma with 20 points.

The Chokers return home Wednesday to face Centralia.

Grays Harbor (79) — Larkins 6, Ladson 12, Harrod 2, Irion 12, Straghter 13, McGriff 26, Dutton 6, Burton 2, Porter, Harrison, Kolokihakausfisi. FG — 31-65 (.477). FT — 10-16.

Tacoma (71) — Gethers 5, Flynn 15, Harper 9, Blackwell 20, Lewis 16, Thynoweth, McDonald. FG — 26-78 (.333). FT — 14-28.

Halftime: Grays Harbor 38, Tacoma 30.


Titans 71, Chokers 57

TACOMA — Cold shooting plagued the Grays Harbor College women in an NWAACC Western Division loss to Tacoma on Saturday at Tacoma.

The Chokers (1-8, 3-15) shot only 19 percent from the field in the first half and 24 percent for the contest. Tacoma, which led 33-16 at the half, also owned a 62-45 rebounding advantage.

Tacoma’s Alexus Grant led all scorers with 28 points.

Emily Cox, despite hitting only 5 of 20 from the field, made 10 of 12 free throws to pace Grays Harbors with 23 points. Paulette Robles added 11 points and Bianca Russell had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Chokers.

Grays Harbor returns home Wednesday to face Centralia.

Grays Harbor (57) — Maneman 2, Chovich 6, Cox 23, Robles 11, Koe, Fifield, Stewart 5, Russell 10. FG — 17-72 (.236). FT — 19-25.

Tacoma (71) — Grant 28, Stanley 1, Barton 15, Freimuth 3, Stewart 6, Beam, Miller 2, Preston 5, Brown 11. FG — 29-71 (.408). FT — 10-18.

Halftime: Tacoma 33, Chokers 16.


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