Despite a late charge, the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) men’s basketball team fell to visiting Tacoma Community College, 78-70, in a Northwest Athletic Conference West Region matchup on February 26 at the Health & Wellness Center.

The Clippers (3-19 overall, 1-10 conference) had four players score in double digits with O’Shae Barquet scoring a team-high 17 points. SPSCC also received 11 points from both Justin Hicks and Mekhi Speller-Hale and 10 points from Hayden Wakefield.

Hicks paced the Clippers with seven rebounds, while Aaron Alexander added six boards, helping SPSCC hold a slim 35-34 rebounding advantage over the Titans (14-8, 9-2).

Tacoma led 36-28 at the half and saw its lead balloon to 20 points at 57-37 with 13 1/2 minutes remaining in the contest. A Wakefield 3 with 7 minutes to play capped a 12-2 run by the Clippers, which trimmed the deficit to 10 points. SPSCC was able to hold the Titans without a field goal over the final 3 1/2 minutes, but Tacoma was able to make 17 trips to the free throw line, making six attempts, to hold off the Clippers’ rally.

SPSCC will play its next two games at home, beginning with Green River College on Wednesday, March 2 before hosting Lower Columbia College on Saturday, March 5. The Clippers close out the regular season at Pierce College on Wednesday, March 9.


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