BELLVUE MEN: TWO FOR TWO IN TOUGH GAMES
The Bellevue College men's basketball team had an excellent week taking two games against top North Division foes and running their win streak to four games. Bellevue took to the road to play Shoreline Wednesday, Feb. 2. Shoreline was in 5th place in the North Division standings and needed a win to increase their playoff chances. Bellevue got out to a quick start and took a 37-27 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs were able to increase their lead to 16 in the second half, but Shoreline would not give up, getting to within three points with a minute to play. Then, Bellevue’s Kellen Landry, a 6-5 freshman, hit two huge free throws down the stretch to seal the 79-74 Bulldog win. Sophomores Daniel Simon, Cedric Clarington, and Brad Valentine led the Bulldogs with 21, 19, and 13 points, respectively. Rebounds were handled skillfully by Antonio Gonzalez with eight, and Rex Nelson, six.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, the Bulldogs welcomed the Pirates of Peninsula College to Bellevue for a matchup of two of the top three teams in the North Division. Peninsula came into the game tied for first place with Skagit Valley with an 8-1 league record. Bellevue was looking to avenge an earlier loss in Port Angeles and move into a tie for second place. The first half was a battle of attrition as neither team shot the ball well and had double digit turnovers. Bellevue hung onto a three point lead at 29-26 at the half. The second half saw both teams get it going offensively. Bellevue shot nearly 60% from the field as each team scored 45 points in the second half. Bellevue's three point half time lead was just enough to beat the first place Pirates with a final score of 74-71.
The big story for the Bulldogs was Simon's second half scoring outburst. After missing two practices for a badly sprained ankle, Simon was cleared to start on Saturday. He showed his rust in the first half going 0-5 from the field, but in the second half, the former Ephrata star took over and scored 17 points on seven for eight shooting, seemingly scoring whenever the Bulldogs needed a bucket. Gonzalez recorded a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Clarington scored 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
The Bulldogs get a bye this Wednesday, then host Olympic College (1-9, 2-15) on Saturday, Feb. 12, game time 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on TV, Comcast Channel 28.
Please visit the BC Athletics website http://bellevuecollege.edu/athletics/ for additional team information. For complete standings, coaches’ polls and up-to-the-minute results go to http://nwaacc.org
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