In front of a raucous crowd of faculty, staff, administration and students on “Pack the Stands Night” the Shoreline Men’s Basketball team rose to the top of the North Region standings. By defeating Bellevue College on Wednesday night the Phins won their 7th straight game and are now in sole possession of 1st place in the North Region standings. Shoreline once again relied on their league leading defense to secure the victory. The Phins held Bellevue to just 42% shooting and 23% from the 3 point line. Shoreline also forced 19 turnovers on the night and dominated the boards 42-31.
Shoreline took control of the game late in the 1st half going on a 10-2 run before the break. Bellevue scored the first bucket of the 2nd half to pull within 6 points, but the Phins answered with 3 pointers from Dana Abe and Ben Steinbrueck to extend their lead to 12. Shoreline went on to win by that same 12 point margin by a final score of 77-65. The Phins were led by 16 points and 8 rebounds from Abe. Abdul Mohamed added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Jacob Perkins scored 14 to go with 5 boards. Despite foul trouble Anddrew Hawkins scored 7 points and dished ut 5 assists. Derrik Dean led the bench with 9 points and 4 steals.
The Phins got some great news immediately following their game as news spread that Peninsula College had dropped a game to Skagit Valley giving the Phins sole possession of 1st place. Shoreline is now in the driver’s seat heading into the final week of North Region play. The Phins have clinched a spot in the NWAC Tourney and with 2 more wins they can seal the first North Region title in Men’s Basketball since 2010 and only the 4th in school history. Shoreline takes on Olympic College on Saturday, February 25th at 4pm. The Phins are now 9-3 in the North Region 16-7 overall. Shoreline was ranked #6 in the latest NWAC Under Armour Coaches Poll.
Women’s Basketball entered their game against Bellevue needing a win to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The Phins came into Wednesday night trailing Bellevue by 2 games with 3 games remaining in the North Region schedule. With their backs to the wall once again the Phins battled the visiting Bulldogs. Shoreline trailed by 3 points after the 1st quarter but narrowed their deficit to just 2 points at the half. The Phins trailed Bellevue 59-65 with about 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter when Bellevue orchestrated a huge run to close out the contest. Bellevue would end up winning the quarter 33-13 turning a tight 6 point lead into an 89-63 victory.
The Phins loss came despite a big effort from Enjunay Jones-Lee. Jones-Lee led the Phins with 26 points on 50% shooting from the floor and an 8-8 performance from the free throw line. Paris Sanders led the team with 9 rebounds to go with her 6 points. Janaya Williams scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had 4 assists displaying her all around game. Brea Woods was the only other Phin in double figures with 10 points.
The loss drops Shoreline 3 games out of the 4th and final playoff spot thus eliminating them from contention with only 2 games remaining. Shoreline is 5-7 in the North region and 8-14 overall. The Phins host Olympic on Saturday, February 25th at 2pm.