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Peninsula men's basketball are crowned Champions

Men's Championship Game
Peninsula 80 Pierce 76 Box

The Peninsula Pirates (22-7) and Pierce Raiders (23-7) put on a crowd pleasing show tonight at the Toyota Center, the type that kept fans of both teams glued to every play. Pierce grabbed an early, but narrow lead, and held it most of the first 11 minutes of play. Following a series of lead changes over the next six minutes, Peninsula emerged atop of a 29-28 score and went into the locker room up 35-31 at the half.

Pierce came out in the second period and briefly regained the lead, but the Pirates countered with a 23-12 run, including five shots from beyond the arc, to establish a game high lead of 11 pts, 59-48. The Raiders then went to business whittling away at the margin until they finally tied it at 76 all with 48 seconds to play. That's when the train stopped for the Raiders, however, as Mitrell Clark converted four attempts from the charity stripe to secure the championship for Peninsula.

Clark carried a major load of the scoring for the Pirates with a game high 28pts while Sammeon Waller added 22 more to go with his six assists. DeShaun Freeman also starred with 11pts and 10 boards. The Raiders had balanced attack with Sian Laine, Alix Hernandex, Brandon Thomas and Alfred Davis all recording between 14-16 points. Michael Stepovich dished a game high 7 assists while Thomas pulled down 8 boards.

The championship marks the second for Peninsula's basketball program which won its first title in 1970.

All Tournament Team
MVP - Mitrell Clark, Peninsila

Most Inspirational - Brandon Thomas, Pierce

First Team
Preston Wynne, Spokane
Alfred Davis, Pierce
Terrell Evans, Yakima Valley
Dominique Williams, Tacoma
DeShaun Freeman, Peninsula

Second Team
Hayes Garrity, Big Bend
DeAngelo Jones, Spokane
Sammeon Waller, Peninsula
Jordan Nicholes, Whatcom
Cedric Clarington, Bellevue

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