Whatcom Community College's men's basketball team pulled out a close 81-77 victory over NWAACC north region opponent Everett on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Kyle Impero paced the Orcas with 28 points, but four other players scored in double figures for WCC.
"It was a very tough game, it's always tough playing against Everett," WCC coach David Dunham said in a phone interview. "It didn't help our case that we had more than 20 turnovers and missed 17 free throws. Sometimes you have to be happy to get out with a win."
Among the double-figure scorers was Eric Fongue, who also led the team with 10 rebounds. The Orcas outrebounded Everett 47-37.
Alex Duncan neared a double-double, as he recorded 12 points and seven assists.
"We had solid performances, the main things that hurt us were turnovers and free throws," Dunham said.
WCC took a six-point lead into halftime, but 21 WCC turnovers kept Everett in the game.
The Orcas move to 5-1 in the NWAACC and are just a half game back of Skagit Valley after WCC has won its last four games.
WCC 81, EVERETT 77
ECC: RJ Magar 15, Mark Brown 0, Rashad Jones 6, Kiante Ahmadwoods 0, David Ware 16, Theo VandenEkart 18, Luke DuChesne 0, Jake Allen 20, Shawn Madigan 2, Brock VandenEkart 0. Totals 26-74 18-22 77.
WCC: Jonathan Jack-Nixon 0, Kyle Impero 28, Jared Wells 11, Alex Duncan 12, Sam Landerholm 0. Neilan Pierce 11, Dreu Vader 0, Eric Fongue 11, Quinton Whitfield 8, Jonathan Hill 0. Totals 24-50 25-42 81.
Half: WCC 37, Everett 31
3-ptg: ECC 7 (RJ Magar 3); WCC 8 (Jared Wells 3). Rebounds: ECC 37 (Jake Allen 9); WCC 47 (Eric Fongue 10). Assists: ECC 9 (Jake Allen 3); WCC 14 (Alex Duncan 7). Fouls: ECC 25, WCC 22. Turnovers: ECC 12, WCC 21.