The Weekend Surf Report – Feb 23


It was rivalry weekend for the Phins, as Shoreline traveled the 8 miles north to Edmonds Community College on Saturday to take on the Tritons in a big Northern Region match-up.  The match-up, now dubbed The Clash of the Tides, has numerous playoff implications, which will be explained at the end.

The women struggled to find a flow in the offense in the first half, going 8/30 from the field over the course of the first half.  The Phins took the lead at 8:47 after Tara Bremer pick-pocketed an Edmonds guard and hit an open Fatuma Abu for the three.  Sindy Truong followed that with a steal of her own leading to a Bremer jumper, putting the Phins up 3 with 8 minutes left.  Then the momentum shifted.  Edmonds used 6 Phin turnovers in a 20-4 run to finish the first half up 32-19.

In the second half, the Phins couldn’t keep pace with the Tritons’ offense, who hit 50% from the field on 11/22 shooting.  Edmonds wins 60-41.  Magen Lloyd posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.  Justice Perry added 8 points and 10 boards.  Fatuma Abu finished with 9 points.

Perry is sitting 6th overall in rebounds, averaging 8.8 per game.  Lloyd is #8 on that list with an average of 8.6 per game.  Perry also shows up on the steals leader board, averaging 3.3 per game ranking her #8, and is a blocks leader, sitting #4 with 1.9 per game.  Bremer is #5 on the steals list with an average of 3.5 per game and #3 overall in assists with an 5.05 per game average.

On the men’s side, freshman Skyler Kelley hit the opening three to start the game off well for the Phins.  Two Adam Johnson buckets plus a Josh Loubacane reserve layup put the Phins up 5.  The lead stretched to 7 after a Marquis Armstead jumper.  Edmonds responded with a 8-0 run to go up 1, which Johnson killed with a 3 from the top of the key.  The rest of half had 4 tied and 5 lead changes.  A Triton trey as time expired gave Edmonds the lead 31-29 at the break.

Edmonds made the first jumper of the half.  Armstead hit a trey from the corner to cut the lead to one.  The lead then disappeared when a poor Triton pass after a defensive rebound was intercepted by Johnson, who turned it into an easy lay-up.  Two more lead changes and 5 more ties before Edmonds built a 8-point lead after a couple Phin turnovers.  Shoreline tied it again with 4:38 left (the 10th tie of the ballgame) on a Ryan Reyes bucket, a Kelley three and a couple made free throws.  Then the Phin shooters went cold, going 2/7 for the rest of the half, coming only as close as 4 after the 2-minute mark on a Kelley trey.  Tritons win 74-68.  Edmonds shot 51% from the field but the Phins held them to 10 points below their season average.  Armstead finished with 19, Kelley with 14.  Johnson also had 14 and added 6 boards.

On the NWAC stat leaderboard, Johnson is #6 in rebounding, averging 9.23 a game.  He’s averaging 10.73 points per game.  The only other Phin on the leader’s list is Kelley, who is #9 in 3-point field goal percentage with 46.6% and #15 on free throw percentage with 83.3%.

The Phins are very much still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  I sat down with Coach Brady today and let me share the short version of the story.  We need to win out, meaning a home win against Everett & a road win against Peninsula.  However, just to make the story complicated, we can statistically still lose one game and be in if a whole lot of other things play out.  Those ‘what ifs’ are much too long to go into detail here.  If we beat Everett here on Wednesday, we are guaranteed to be part of the tie-break conversation.  NWAC rules state that if we tie for forth (or the last spot into NWAC’s), there must be a play-in.  I will share more details of what that looks like after Wednesday’s games when the playoff picture becomes much clearer.

See the Phins in their last home game (and a must-win) on sophomore night!  Come celebrate with the sophomores and cheer the teams to victory against Everett! Game times are 5:30pm for the women and 7:30pm for the men.  Adults are $6, Youth/Military/Seniors/Visiting Students are $4, Kids under 6 & those with an SCC ID are free.



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