Rangers reaching for the playoffs
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:58 PM
Ken Waldos career-high 41 points werent enough to keep the Olympic College Rangers from losing their third straight game and grip on a possible berth to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges basketball tournament.
Oly-mpics 89-83 loss at Seattle Community College on Wednesday, Feb. 20 left the Rangers tied with Skagit Valley for the NWAACCs fourth and final playoff berth with three games left.
OC (7-6 North, 13-12 overall) hosts Whatcom today, Feb. 23 and Everett on Wednesday, Feb. 27 before closing the regular season at Edmonds on Saturday, March 2. The NWAACC Tournament is March 8-11 in Kennewick.
Its an important game, OC coach Reece Gliko said of todays 5:30 p.m. contest with Whatcom. I just want to see us play well. We havent played well the last couple of games.
Waldo, 6-5 sophomore from Olympic High, couldnt have done much more against Seattle. With inside partner Fred Grupe in foul trouble, Waldo also grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.
Ken put us on his back and carried us as far as he could, Gliko said. His effort along, with guys not playing their normal game, wasnt enough.
Grupe, the NWAACCs leading rebounder (11.2 rpg) who also averages 20 points, fouled out with just seven points and 10 rebounds. Greg Caldwell scored 12 points, 10 below his average.
Angelo Jeanpierre, a freshman from Bremerton, had 10 rebounds for the Rangers, who made just 9 of 33 3-point casts (.270 percent).
OC women lose
Olympic Colleges women came out flat on the road and the final outcome was predictable: Seattle 73, Olympic 52.
It was kind of like we were napping out there, said OC coach Rick Peters after the Rangers dropped to 4-9 in the NWAACC North and 7-16 overall.
Melissa Edwards led OC with 20 points.