The Tritons looked to be in total control. Edmonds jumped out to an early lead and stretched its advantage to double-digits midway into the first half. The Dolphins rallied, however, and closed the gap to just five points (40-35) at the break.
An early second half run and it seemed that Edmonds had regained momentum, but that changed when Shoreline charged back to even the score at 55-55 with eight minutes left in the game.
Coach Kyle Gray called a time out to regroup his squad. The Tritons responded when play resumed – thanks in a big part to Charlie Smith who scored 10 points, including sinking two clutch 3-pointers. Edmonds would outscore the Dolphins over the last eight minutes, 32-17, behind Smith’s sharp-shooting and a tough defense led by 7-foot center Payton Pervier.
Pervier ended the game with 20 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks. Guards Sam Omondi and Philip Maxie each tallied 16 points with forward Zach Peterson adding 12 points and 10 boards to the Triton triumph.
Earl Thompson had 19 points to lead Shoreline CC.
The win pushes the Tritons’ record to 15-10 overall, 7-5 against the NWAACC North. SCC fell to 6-18, 2-10 North.
Edmonds sits in fourth place, two games ahead of Peninsula in the standings. If Edmonds wins one of its last two regular season contests, or if Penisula loses one, the Tritons clinch fourth and the final slot for the NWAACC Championship Tournament in Tri-Cities.
Edmonds will play its final two home games of the year this week, starting with a 7 p.m. tilt against Olympic College on Wednesday. Everett comes to Seaview Gym on Saturday to close out the year with a 7 p.m. game. Edmonds CC beat both teams earlier in the season.