PORT ANGELES — Bryan McGriff poured through 30 points as Grays Harbor College held off the Blue Angels, 91-87, in the Peninsula Pirate Classic on Saturday in Port Angeles.
The Chokers (1-1) close out the tourney against host Peninsula at 3 p.m. today. Since pairings were pre-determined, no championship will be at stake.
The 6-foot-7 McGriff, the highly regarded sophomore from Las Vegas who played junior college ball in San Francisco as a freshman, hit 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line against the Blue Angels, a club team that was filling out the field. His output included a pair of 3-pointers.
The Chokers were in command more than the score indicated. Trailing only at 2-0, they owned a 24-point lead midway through the second half. Then the Blue Angels came flying back.
“We turned it off too soon,” GHC coach Jordan Altman reported. “We went from a 24-point lead to a one-point ball game in about six minutes.
“Fortunately, we made our free throws down the stretch,” he added. “If we hadn’t made our free throws it would have been a different story. We whupped up on them for 30 minutes, then we let up the last 10 minutes and it cost us.”
McGriff was one of five Chokers to score in double figures. Cameron Ladson and Tyler Harrod scored 12 points apiece, while Tim Straughter added 11 and K.C. Harrison 10 points.
Straughter grabbed eight rebounds, one more than McGriff.
All 12 Chokers who suited up played at least eight minutes.
Interestingly, the Chokers shot better from 3-point range (55 percent) than from the foul line (54 percent).
Grays Harbor (91) — Harrison 10, Larkins 4, Alvord 2, Kolokihakaufsi 3, Ladson 12, Harrod 12, Straughter 11, McGriff 30, Dutton 1, Burton 2, Hardy 4. FG — 36-67 (.537). FT — 7-13.
Blue Angels (87) — Anderson 20, Ready 16, Johnson 26, B. Shamp 6, Smithson 10, Johnson 3, M. Shamp 6. FG — 29-78 (.372). FT — 18-25.
Halftime: Grays Harbor 44, Blue Angels 33.