The Shoreline Community College men's basketball team got a big win on Saturday night in the Everett Community College gym, as they pulled out a 114 to 110 win over the Trojans and put themselves into a good position to return to the NWAACC Men's Basketball Championship, as any combination of one SCC win this week or a North Seattle CC loss, puts the Dolphins back into the NWAACC Championship tournament.
The Dolphins playing without starting point guard Avery Scharer, who was out with a sprained ankle, got 26 points from Earlie Dixon and Joe Bodman dominated the boards, collecting 15 rebounds in the victory. Kelly Hong scored 20 points, 18 from 3 point range and the trio of Will Acromite, Anthony Edwards and Bodman, scored 14, 13 and 12 respectively, in the usual SCC balanced attack.
Shoreline led 54-48 at half, but the stubborn Everett squad would never let SCC get away from them, as they almost matched SCC from 3 point range, 39 to 33 in points, but SCC dominated the boards, 66 to 51 in rebounds and points off turnovers 37 to 26 and SCC's depth outscored ECC from the bench, 41 to 22.
SCC is now 16-9 for the season, 10-4 in the region. Everett drops to 4-19 and 1-12. SCC is still in third place in the region, 1/2 game behind Peninsula College for second place in the NWAACC Northern Region and 1/2 game ahead of Bellevue College.
Shoreline plays Peninsula on Monday at 6:30 PM in the SCC Gym and then travels to Bellevue College on Wednesday night to face the Bulldogs in SCC's last regular season game. SCC has a bye on Saturday, the last weekend of NWAACC play. SCC can finish no worse than a tie 4th place now, which would force a play-in game between the two teams tied for the last championship spot. SCC can still finish has high as second with a win over Peninsula College on Monday and other games falling across the region during the week falling into place.
Peninsula will enter Monday's game with a 20-4 record, 10-3 in the region, and the Pirates are ranked 5th in the NWAACC. SCC dropped a 116 to 106 game to Peninsula at PC back in January. PC features the league's 2nd leading scorer, J.T. Terrell, a Wake Forest University transfer.