No doubt, Rangers ready for 'shootout'

The annual NWAACC basketball tournament has been called the Olympic College Shootout for years and considering the offensive mentality of the host Rangers, the name really fits this year.

OC’s season is only three games old, but one thing is clear about first-year coach Reece Gliko’s squad: They’re not bashful when it comes to shooting the basketball.

Olympic, which takes on Pierce in the 6 p.m. opener on Friday, Dec. 7, has already attempted 95 three-pointers.

The Rangers were 10-for-33 and 16-for-37 in lopsided victories (92-64 and 105-69) over Grays Harbor. Olympic was 8-for-25 from beyond the 3-point line in an 80-63 loss against South Puget Sound.

They’re knocking down 35.8 percent of their threes, which would have tied Arizona for the second-best mark in the Pac-10 a year ago. If OC continues to average 32 3-point attempts per game, they’re going to end up hoisting nearly 900 of the shots that Gliko was so fond of putting up himself during his playing days at Montana State-Billings.

Gliko buried 12 one night.

Greg Caldwell, sophomore sharpshooter from Port Townsend, bagged eight in OC’s second win against Grays Harbor. Even Ken Waldo, mostly an inside threat during his prep career at Olympic High and as a freshman at OC, stepped outside to knock down three threes during a 39-point outburst.

The Rangers (2-1) have been idle since that Nov. 24 loss against South Sound in the championship game of the Cold Turkey Tournament in Aberdeen. Pierce (2-5) has lost three straight.

Green River (2-1) and the Northwest All-Stars, a team comprised of former college players, play the 8 p.m. nightcap on Friday at Bremer Center Gym. Green River fits the shootout mold, too, owning a 101-93 win over Shoreline and a 111-107 victory over Yakima Valley. The high-scoring Gators were scheduled to play Shoreline again on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

First round losers will play Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 3 p.m.

OC women get another crack at the Clippers

Olympic College’s women’s basketball team will try to stop a three-game losing streak tonight and get a little revenge at the same time when it plays South Puget Sound in Olympia.

The Clippers (3-2) beat the Rangers 66-52 at the Shoreline Tournament on Nov. 23.

Olympic lost to the Pacific University junior varsity, 60-58, on Friday, Nov. 30 in Portland.

The Rangers led Pacific 32-24 at halftime, but came out flat in the second half, said coach Rick Peters. Turnovers (28) and poor foul shooting (13-for-25) were factors in the loss.

Guard Dana Diehl made three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points for the Rangers. Central Kitsap product Leana Abille contributed 14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Beth Grams, freshman center from King’s West, added 11 points and 8 rebounds.

The Rangers, after tonight, are idle until hosting the OC Crossover Tournament, Dec. 14-16.

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