The Surf Report – January 11

Shoreline basketball hosts HighlineMen’s and Women’s Basketball opened up North Region play with a double-header against Bellevue College on Saturday, January 9th. Catch up on the exciting action below:

Men’s Basketball came into their game against Bellevue with a 5-6 record and a victory against Yakima Valley in their final pre-Region game. Defending North Region champion Bellevue came in on a 3 game winning streak. Shoreline opened the game fast and jumped out to an early 7 point lead. Bellevue answered with a run of their own and a buzzer beater to end the half gave Bellevue a 39-37 lead. With the momentum on their side Bellevue jumped out to an early 9 point lead to start the second half. The Phins were not done and battled their way back behind the strong play of Jason Smarr and Derrik Dean. Dean hit a 3 point shot with 2 minutes to go in the game to give the Phins a 6 point lead that they would not relinquish, eventually winning by a final score of 75-68.

Shoreline was led by Smarr’s 25 points and 14 rebounds. Dean filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, 6Shoreline basketball hosts Highline rebounds and 8 assists. Joe Ghebrehiwot scored 11 points. Gadisa Margarsa added 7 points including 4 points down the stretch to seal the Shoreline victory. Margarsa and Kwame Kang combined to hold Bellevue’s leading scorer to just 5 total points.

The win moves Shoreline to 6-6 on the year, but most importantly the Phins are now 1-0 to start Region play. Shoreline travels to Skagit Valley on Wednesday, January 13th for a 7:00pm tip off. Skagit dropped their first game in the North Region on the road to Olympic College. The Phins next home game is Saturday, January 16th at 4pm against Olympic.

Women’s Basketball also hosted perennial North Region power Bellevue College on Saturday. Bellevue came into the game ranked #4 in the NWAC Alaska Airlines Coaches Poll with a 10-3 record on the year. Shoreline entered the game 2-7 overall. Bellevue took a 16-8 lead after the first quarter, but Shoreline held close throughout the first half. At the end of the second quarter and heading into the half time break Shoreline women's basketball hosts Tacomathe Phins only trailed 23-30. However, Bellevue turned up their defensive pressure in the second half holding the Phins to just 10 second half points and jumping out to a 76-33 victory.

Shoreline was led by Enjunay Jones-Lee and her 10 points. Paris Sanders led the team with 5 rebounds. Darrien Dolquist-Larson added 8 points and 2 steals. The loss drops the Phins to 2-8 on the year and 0-1 in Region play. The Phins travel to Mt. Vernon to take on Skagit Valley on Wednesday, January 13th for a 5:00pm tip off. Skagit Valley is 11-6 on the year and 1-0 in North Region play. The Phins next home game is against Olympic on Saturday, January 16th at 2pm.




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