Slow start too much to overcome against NWAACC foe

D7B_1784By: Drew Raher

Shoreline, WA – The Dolphins welcomed the 1st place Skagit Valley Cardinals on Wednesday night in a NWAACC conference match-up that ended in a 78-66 victory for the visitors. The first 10 minutes of the opening half were back-and-forth as the Dolphins used aggressive half court defense to speed up the Cardinal’s offensive attack. With Shoreline trailing 19-17 with a little over 9 minutes remaining, the Cardinals would finish the half on a 23-7 run before heading into the locker room.

The Cardinals would build a 19 point halftime lead on consistent perimeter shooting and the ability to get inside the paint for easing scoring chances. The sharp-shooting of Jordan Garcia, who was 3 for 3 from behind the arc, helped fortify a balanced scoring attack by Skagit Valley. Malik Barnes also added nine points in the first half by slashing into the lane in transition.

The Dolphins on the other hand struggled finding their rhythm offensively from the outside, only knocking down two of eleven attempts from long distance. Artez Scharer (So, Seattle, WA) would lead the way at half for the Dolphins with seven points. No other Dolphin managed more than four in the opening period.

The second half opened with Skagit Valley pushing their lead to above 20 points, which they maintained throughout the first part of the second half. Shoreline would not be pushed over by the Cardinals who were entering the game on a 5 game winning streak. The Dolphins ramped up the pressure defensively and would methodically cut the deficit to as close as ten points on the broad shoulders of Earl Thompson (So, Las Vegas, NV) who scored 16 of his team high 20 points in the second half. Whether he was driving to the hoop or finishing a put back, Thompson was determined to put the ball through the hoop in the last 20 minutes, going 7 of 12 from the floor and finishing off his 6th double-double with 10 rebounds.

Dean “Bulla” Vienna (So, Waipahu, HI) also helped stage the second half comeback scoring all nine of his points after halftime on a pair of back-to-back three pointers. Bronte Corbray (Fr, Seattle, WA) would also chip in with 10 points before fouling out of the contest in the waning minutes of the game.

Skagit Valley would eventually push their lead to a comfortable margin as they ended with a 12 point road victory in conference play, pushing their NWAACC North Region record to 4-0.  The Cardinals were led by Elijah Smith’s 16 points and Malik Barnes who tallied 13 points.

Shoreline Community College (3-12, 0-4) their fourth conference game, but will look to right the ship as they travel to face Edmonds Community College on Saturday January 18th at 7pm. The Dolphins women will tip off just before at 5pm in Edmonds, WA.

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