November 20, 2012
Pirates Roll to Victory of Washington Athletic Club
Port Angeles – Peninsula College (2 – 0) rebounded from a slow start to hand the Washington Athletic Club their first loss this season 101 – 88. Djuan Smith led six Pirate double figure scorers on the night with 24 points and 5 steals.
The WAC with a roster full of former Division I and II players including four year varsity letter winner from University of Washington, Hans Gasser, raced out to a 7 – 0 lead against the younger Pirate squad.
Coach Von Vogt quickly called a timeout to the settle the inexperienced team down and they began to slowly get into their groove until Peninsula finally took the lead with 8 minutes remaining in the half, 28 – 27 on a Daniel Sims three pointer. The Pirates.
Daniel Sims hit for 14 points and 8 assists while GP Panoam dominated inside with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Other double figure scorers for the Pirates were Salim Gloyd 14, TreShawn King Dunbar 12 and Donald Gaddy 10.
The Pirates put on a show the final eight minutes of the first half outscoring WAC 30 to 15 to race into the locker room with a 55 -42 advantage.
“We showed how good we can be and also how bad we can be all in one night,” said head coach Lance Von Vogt. “Our team showed flashes of what we will be consistently come league play. I am proud of how far we’ve come in such a short time with twelve new faces on the squad, but we are no where close to where we need to be.”
The Pirates were never seriously threatened in the second half with the lead hovering around fifteen points most of the second half, although WAC did make a late run and cut the lead to 8 with 3:23 remaining in the game.
The Pirates responded with two consecutive baskets and two consecutive stops defensively that padded their cushion back to 13.
WAC was led by Hans Gasser’s 20 points and 8 rebounds. Former Seattle University All Decade player Ryan Webb recorded the only double double of the night with 14 points and 14 assists. Stephen King, 2 year captain for the Ohio University Bobcats, contributed 18 points to the WAC cause.
The unselfishness of this year’s Pirate squad was evident with 31 of the 38 baskets scored coming by way of an assist.
“I’m not sure if thirty-one assists in a game is a record for us or not, but what I do know is that being that unselfish is contagious and it is a really great thing to see from our guys,” said Von Vogt. “We’ll take a couple of days off for Thanksgiving and then get back to the drawing board and smooth out the rough edges we saw throughout tonight’s game.”
The Pirates return to the court for the Inaugural First Federal Pirate Classic on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st. Other participating teams are Shoreline Community College, Seattle Mountaineers and the Blue Angels.