Warriors fall to Peninsula at Clackamas tourney

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CLACKAMAS - Walla Walla Community College's men's basketball team lost a close-fought battle to Peninsula 77-73 in its final game at the Clackamas Christmas Tournament Thursday.

It was the second loss in as many days for the Warriors (7-4), who battled back from an 11-point second half deficit to tie the game at 71 with a minute remaining before the Pirates pulled the game out down the stretch.

"Our guys pulled back into it, but they made the big shot, and we missed our chances," said WWCC head coach Jeff Reinland. "They used their size against us all night, and that was a tough match up for us."

Big men DeShaun Freeman and Jerry Johnson, both checking in at roughly 6-feet-10-inches, dominated the interior, combining for 32 points and 16 rebounds, while drawing WWCC center Aaron Corsi into foul trouble.

Although Corsi finished the night with a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds, he fouled out in what may have been the deciding blow for the Warriors.

"Losing Aaron was tough, but there are no excuses," Reinland said. "That's a very good team and one of the most athletic teams we will see all year."

WWCC will have some time to rest before its next game on Jan. 8, but Reinland knows his team is already ready to jump back on the court.

"We'll practice today, and we'll practice tomorrow," Reinland said. "There are no holidays at this time of year for us. We played well and our guys are focused on getting done what needs to get done to get over the top."

Peninsula 77, WWCC 73

WWCC (73) - Crane 2-7 0-0 4, Arias 0-0 2-2 2, Payne 6-13 0-1 17, Bills 0-0 0-0 0, Schultz 1-2 3-4 5, Smith 4-13 6-6 17, Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Corsi 9-12 4-8 22, Steele 0-2 0-0 0, Stannard 0-2 4-4 4. Totals 23-55 19-25 73.

Pen (79) - Freeman 7-12 6-13 20, Musgrow 0-0 0-0 0, Vinson 5-10 0-0 11, Jacobson 1-1 0-2 2, Jere. Johnson 1-10-0 2, Friday 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 7-17 0-0 16, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 3-7 7-11 14, Jerr. Johnson 5-9 1-2 13. Totals 29-58 14-28 79.

Halftime score - Pen 36, WWCC 33.

3-point goals - WWCC 8-30 (Crane 0-2, Payne 5-11, Smith 3-10, Moore 0-3, Steele 0-2, Stannard 0-2), Pen 5-12 (Vinson 1-3, Clark 2-7, Walter 1-1, Jerr. Johnson 1-1). Total fouls- WWCC 24, Pen 23. Fouled out- WWCC 2 (Crane, Corsi), Pen (Jerr. Johnson). Technical fouls- WWCC 1, Pen 2. Rebounds- WWCC 34 (Corsi 12), Pen 37 (Freeman 11). Turnovers- WWCC 15, Pen 11. Assists- WWCC 9 (Three with 2), Pen 9 (Clark 3).

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