BREMERTON — The Olympic College women’s and men’s basketball teams pulled off the double win by sweeping victories against Edmonds College Saturday afternoon.
The women kicked off the day with a 51-49 win over the Tritons. Lexi Ioane finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Rangers. Freshman Danielle Monzon chipped in 11 points.
Neither team gained more than a 3-point lead until Ioane’s rebound and layup gave Olympic a 22-17 lead with 4:32 left in the first half. The Tritons (3-13 overall, 0-2 North Division) came back to tie it at 22, but the Rangers (4-9, 1-1) held the lead 24-23 at the break.
Edmonds averaged a 5-point lead for most of the third quarter. Monzon’s 3-pointer tied the score at 34 with 2:14 left and after a missed layup by Edmonds, a defensive rebound by Natelee Gordon led to a layup by Monzon off an assist from Libby Borgonia to put OC up 36-34. The game remained close in the fourth until Borgonia’s three with 7:55 left put the Rangers up 43-40.
A steal and layup by Monzon put Olympic ahead 45-40, and the Rangers kept a four-point lead the rest of the way. Edmonds hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish the scoring.
For the men, the Rangers (11-4, 1-1) lost their opener to Skagit Valley 84-83 on Wednesday but rebounded to beat the Tritons 76-74.
David Tserger led OC with 21 points and was 7-of-12 from the field and had eight rebounds. Josiah Westbrook chipped in 18 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, Ryan Mobley had 14 points, and seven rebounds, and Sam Gagliardi chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Rangers held the early lead with Edmonds (13-4, 1-1) taking over midway through the first half, 21-16.
The Tritons stayed ahead until Tserger hit a layup with 2:27 remaining and Gagliardi gave the Rangers a 29-27 lead 24 seconds later. OC managed to hang onto the lead 34-27 at halftime.
The game stayed close as neither team could gain more than a five-point advantage. Edmonds led 67-65 until Tserger nailed a 3-pointer with 4:33 left to give OC the lead 68-67. A jump shot by Westbrook increased the lead to 70-67, but Edmonds’ Raven Frazier tied it at 74-74 with 43 seconds left.
Two missed layups by the Rangers with three seconds left looked like the game would go to overtime. But a foul was called on Edmonds’ Devin Price that sent Tserger to the line.
Tserger made both free throws with no time left to secure the win for the Rangers, 76-74.