You aren’t supposed to win after trailing a team by 14 points on the road – especially when that team is unbeaten in league. But the Edmonds Community College men’s basketball team did rally from a 14-point road deficit to topple sixth-ranked Skagit Valley 82-75 Saturday night.
The win was the fourth straight for the Tritons who are peaking as they enter into the second half of league play. Edmonds is now 13-8 overall, 5-3 in the North, while the first place Cardinals fell to 14-7, 7-1 league. The Tritons are in fourth place in the standings, a game up on Peninsula College. The top four teams from each league qualify for the NWAACC championships.
Saturday’s tilt was hard-fought and even a bit chippy with the two rivals combing for 37 fouls, including a technical. The vocal crowd in the cozy gym was into the action as well, cheering on the home-town Cardinals.
It looked like the night would belong to SVC which took an early lead and were able to hold off Triton charges. Edmonds was going uphill all night, closing to gap to two points only to have the Cardinals go back up by six or eight. With 13 minutes remaining in the game it was Skagit Valley enjoying a 14-point lead.
The Tritons kept fighting, however, and crept closer and closer to Skagit Valley, thanks in part to 28 points and 18 rebounds from freshman center Payton Pervier.
Finally, with less than two minutes left, sophomore guard Badhasa Margarsa nailed a 3-pointer to put the Tritons up by one. After a Cardinal possession, freshman guard Ramsey Rosales sealed the deal with a huge trey of his own with 40 seconds on the clock. Edmonds would go on to the 7-point triumph, avenging its 83-56 loss to SVC earlier in the year.
Rosales collected 16 points for Edmonds, with Margarsa adding 9 points, 8 assists and 3 steals. Zach Pederson contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds.
Olajuwon Diggs was SVC’s leading scorer with 18 points.
Edmonds hosts Peninsula College in Seaview Gym Wednesday night at 7 p.m.