SPORTS: Peninsula College men’s basketball team cruises to victory

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PORT ANGELES — The 2012-13 Peninsula College men’s basketball team cruised to a 128-72 victory over a squad of former players Friday night at the Pirate gymnasium.

Sophomore point guard Daniel Sims led the charge of six Pirate players in double figures with 24.

Freshmen Salim Gloyd and TreShawn King-Dunbar both contributed 22 points on the evening.

Gloyd started off the scoring on the first possession of the game with a top of the key 3-pointer that gave the current Pirates the lead for good.

Alumni guard Thad Vinson responded with a pull-up jumper from the right wing to pull within one at 3-2.

That would be the closest the alumni would get the rest of the evening as the Pirates scored the next eight points en route to a 52-29 halftime bulge.

The younger, quicker and deeper Pirates team overwhelmed the alumni with consistent ball pressure and teamwork that led to 60 percent field goals (52 of 87) and 50 percent 3-point field goals (17 of 34) on the evening.

Every player on the roster logged considerable minutes for the Pirates while contributing to the win.

“I feel like we got better tonight and things are starting to come together for this young group of guys,” Peninsula head coach Lance Von Vogt said.

“We are still a long ways away from where we need to be, but I believe [Friday night] shows that we have the talent and work ethic to get where we need to be once tournament time hits in March.”

The other double-digit scorers for the Pirates were Djuan Smith with 14 points, Donald Gaddy with 13 and Arnold Anderson with 10.

Ten of the 12 players who suited up for the game scored points in the contest, and no one played more than 23 minutes in the game.

Sims was close to a triple-double, finishing with a team-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

“This was a terrific night for the Pirates,” Von Vogt said.

“I enjoyed seeing all the former players in town, and we will build on this alumni game for next year as well.

“We look forward to making this an alumni weekend where we honor all the guys that have helped us build the tradition that we enjoy today.”

Up next for the Pirates will be a considerably tougher contest when they host the Washington Athletic Club on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Washington Athletic Club features former players from the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington University, Ohio University, Davidson University, Northwest Nazarene and University of Puget Sound.

Last modified: November 17. 2012 5:12PM
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