Shoreline Men Pull Away in Season Opening Win

_D2M1765 miniBy: Drew Raher

WENATCHEE, Wa. – The Shoreline Community College men’s basketball team had a successful trip over the mountain pass last Friday night, coming away with an 85-71 victory against Wenatchee Valley College. The first half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team shot the ball particularly well from the field. The second half was a different story for the Dolphins as they extended their 3 point lead at half into a comfortable cushion. The Shoreline men found their groove nicely in the second period as they hit 46% of their shots from the field, while continuing to increase the pace of play. Shoreline forced Wenatchee Valley into a whopping 32 turnovers in the game, which led to 34 points for the Dolphins. Ultimately, the “system” that Head Coach Greg Turcott implemented at Shoreline dismantled the structure and rhythm that Wenatchee Valley is used to playing in.

With four Dolphin players in double figures, Shoreline maintained a balanced attack throughout the evening. First year, Austin Jordt from Big Fork, MT, led the way in scoring with 15 points on 50% shooting. Right behind him was Drew Vienna, another freshman from Waipahu, HI, who put together a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, a game high.

Deron Williams (So., Los Angeles, CA) and Earl Thompson (So., Las Vegas, NV) dropped in 12 and 11 points respectively to round out the Dolphins’ in double figure scoring. What was impressive in the win was Shoreline’s ability to play their entire roster. Every player on the bench checked into the game and scored. The ability of Shoreline to use their deep bench versus their opponent separates them from other community college teams around the Northwest.

The Dolphins finished the game at a 45% clip form the field, while Wenatchee Valley could only shoot their way to 37%.  Both teams struggled form their charity stripe shooting around 50% on the night. Wenatchee Valley edged Shoreline on the glass, but the turnover battle was overwhelmingly in the Dolphins favor, which ultimately told the story of the game. Shoreline’s pressure defense would not be denied as the Dolphins earned a hard fought victory on opening night.

Shoreline Community College (1-0) will head back on the road looking for another victory as they face off against Northwest Indian College this Sunday, November 24th. Stay tuned into  the Shoreline Athletics Page for complete coverage of all Dolphins action taking place around the region as the pre-season continues for both the men and women’s teams.

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