The South Puget Sound Community College men’s basketball team tuned up for the upcoming Northwest Athletic Conference tournament by knocking off visiting Grays Harbor College, 78-63, at The Evergreen State College on February 22.
Playing in their final home game of the regular season, the Clippers celebrated Sophomore Night prior to tipoff, then proceeded to get huge efforts from all four of their second-year players with Branden Bunn leading the charge.
Bunn scored a season-high 30 points to pace the SPSCC offense. He was one of three Clipper sophomores to score in double digits as South Puget Sound also received 17 points from Ben Janssan and 13 points from Anthony Braggs, who also pulled down 13 rebounds. Rounding out the list of sophomores was point guard Cacoa Chatman, who scored 7 points, handed out 5 assists and added 5 steals in the win.
South Puget Sound freshman guard Dogukan Kara came off the bench and finished with a career-high 11 points to help the Clippers increase their overall record to 22-5 on the season.
The victory improved SPSCC’s record in the NWAC West Division to 12-1. The Clippers are tied atop the division standings with Lower Columbia with one regular season game remaining. South Puget Sound closes out the regular season at Centralia on February 26. The Clippers won the first meeting with the Blazers, 84-75, on January 29.
The first and second rounds of the NWAC men’s basketball tournament will be March 7-8 at Everett Community College. SPSCC, which will win at least of a share of the NWAC West Division title for a fourth straight season with a win over Centralia, will enter the tournament as either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed out of the division.