Chokers naviate past Clippers, 77-75


OLYMPIA — Led by Bryan McGriff’s 25 points and 17 rebounds, the Grays Harbor College men withstood a late South Puget Sound rally for a 77-75 victory in an NWAACC Western Division basketball contest Monday night at Olympia.

South Puget Sound’s women edged the Chokers, 61-57, in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Highline swept GHC in a doubleheader Saturday at Sam Benn Gym. The Thunderbird men prevailed, 84-63, while the women registered a 70-58 triumph.

MEN Chokers 77, Clippers 75

Although the contest featured four ties and 14 lead changes, the Chokers (2-2, 5-9) led by as many as 14 in the second half.

The Clippers stormed back to tie it at 70 before Grays Harbor regrouped down the stretch. South Puget Sound launched a half-court shot at the buzzer that wasn’t close.

Grays Harbor coach Jordan Altman blamed himself for the late-game dramatics.

“I went to the bench (too soon),” he said. “I broke up the crew that was out there and they got back into it.”

Cameron Ladson, a perfect 4-for-4 in field-goal shooting, added 13 points for Grays Harbor. Jordan Dutton also had 13 points, while Bryan Irion handed out four assists.

South Puget Sound’s Slanblaytee Kaye tallied 23 points in a losing cause.

Thunderbirds 84, Chokers 63

Highline posted a 44-22 halftime lead and never looked back in Saturday’s NWAACC Western Division matchup with Grays Harbor College at Sam Benn Gym.

GHC’s McGriff led the team with 29 points and eight rebounds. Highline’s Doug McDaniel led all scorers with 34 points.

In the first half, the Chokers hit just 8-for-30 (.276) from the field and finished 23 of 64 (.359). The T’Birds were 19-for-35 (.543) in the first half and finished near the same clip at 35 of 66 (.530).

“We struggled defensively and shot poorly from the floor,” Altman said.

Grays Harbor (77) — Harris 5, Larkins 9, Ladson 13, Irion 8, Straghter 4, McGriff 25, Dutton 13, Porter, Kolokihakausfisi, Harrod, Burton. FG — 31-62 (.500). FT — 7-11.

South Puget Sound (75) — Tyson 12, Roberts 13, Kaye 23, Liebelt 18, McGurkin 9, Logan. FG — 25-59 (.424). FT — 13-29.

Highline (84) — Lee 7, McCaffrey 11, Stroud, James 3, McGruder, Johnson 4, Tucakovic 10, Brown, Taylor-Barone 4, McDaniel 34, Keum, Swanstrom 11. FG — 35-66 (.530). FT — 6-8.

Grays Harbor College (63) — Porter, Harrison 9, Larkins 8, Kolokihakausfisi, Ladson, Harrod, Irion 4, Straghter 11, McGriff 29, Dutton 2. FG — 23-64 (.359). FT — 12-14.

Halftime: Highline 44, Grays Harbor 22.

Women Clippers 61, Chokers 57

OLYMPIA — Host South Puget Sound Community College had four scorers in double digits, led by Maria Jesse with a game-high 17 points, to edge out Grays Harbor College in this NWAACC Western Division game on Monday.

GHC’s Bianca Russell led the team with 16 points and 13 rebounds, but the Chokers couldn’t hold off the Clippers. North Beach grad Wakeena DeLaCruz was one of the four double-digit scorers for SPSCC with 10 points.

South Puget Sound led 33-31 at halftime and both teams were nearly identical on the statistical sheets — 46-45 rebounding edge to SPSCC, 12-12 tie in steals, 23-20 turnovers to SPSCC.

On Wednesday, GHC (0-4, 2-10) travels to Clark College.

Grays Harbor College (57) — Maneman 3, Chovich 8, Hagain 6, Cox 6, Robles 10, Koe, Stewart 8, Russell 16, Dotson. FG — 21-64 (.328). FT — 11-20.

South Puget Sound (61) — Karlsvik , Skaar 1, Anger 14, Stancil 3, DeLaCruz 10, Jesse 17, Guerra 14, Clayton 2. FG — 26-65 (.400). FT — 5-10.

Halftime: SPSCC 33, Grays Harbor 31.

Thunderbirds 70, Chokers 58

Grays Harbor College matched up fairly evenly with division standout Highline College for much of the game, but gave up the lead permanently in the final minutes of NWAACC Western Division play on Saturday at Sam Benn Gym in Aberdeen.

The Choker women led 29-28 at halftime. They were still within five in the closing moments, but had to foul to get the ball back. The Thunderbirds made 7-of-8 of those foul shots in the final 1 1/2 minutes of the game.

Emily Cox led the Chokers with 18 points. Russell had a double-double — 16 points and 15 rebounds. Marlee Chovich added 10 points.

Victoria Ellerby led the Thunderbirds (3-1, 12-4) with 16 points.

“We played a hard, physical game,” GHC head coach Christine Nelson said. “They were a lot bigger than us and hit a couple of key shots at the end of the game. We ended up a little bit short, but I was proud of us for playing hard against one of the top teams in our division. It was a close game and we continue to get better every game.”

Highline (70) — Ellerby 16, Ivy 2, Piper 4, Remitz 4, Armstrong 9, Adams 11, Pollard 9, Harris-Grant, Weathersby 13, Price 2. FG — 27-78 (.346). FT — 12-15.

Grays Harbor College (58) — Maneman 2, Chovich 10, Hagain, Cox 18, Robles 8, Koe, Stewart 4, Russell 16, Dotson. FG — 20-56 (.357). FT — 15-26.

 

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