Ranger men fall to fourth

It’s tough enough to lose one game at this stage of the season in the tightly packed Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Northern Division basketball race.

Olympic College’s men, after winning four straight, lost their second game in a row, falling to Skagit Valley 87-73 at Mount Vernon on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Olympic (7-5 NWAACC, 13-11 overall) has dropped from a share of first place to fourth with four games left. The Rangers, who lead Skagit (7-6 NWAACC) by one-half game in the battle for the fourth and final tournament berth, are at Seattle tonight. OC returns home to face Whatcom on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Everett on Wednesday, Feb. 27 before closing out the regular-season with a road game at Edmonds on Saturday, March 2. Bellevue (9-3), Edmonds (8-4) and Shoreline (8-5) currently hold down the top three spots in the division.

Fred Grupe (20 points, 11 rebounds) led the Rangers against Skagit.

Women keep it close

Olympic College’s women played perhaps their best half of the season, but first-place Skagit Valley used its size advantage to wear down the upset-minded Rangers in the second half and won, 75-65.

Melody Green scored 18 points for OIympic (4-8, 7-16) , which hit 8 of 11 3-pointers to keep close. It was tied at 30 at halftime.

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