Shoreline’s Men’s Basketball wins North Region title, heads to post-season play

Shoreline Community College’s Men’s Basketball Team 2016-17.

Led by head coach Donald Brady, Shoreline Community College’s Men’s Basketball team has won the title of 2016-17 North Region Champions. The win marks just the fourth time in the history of Shoreline the Men’s Basketball the team has brought home the North Region title. The most recent prior title win was in 2010.

The Phins secured the championship title with an eight-game winning streak that propelled the team from fifth to first place in the North Region. Brady attributes the come-from-behind streak to a team focused on working together.

“We had a lot of new blood this year with athletes who hadn’t played together before,” said Brady. “So it’s really a testament to their dedication and sportsmanship that they were able to find a groove with each other quickly enough to pull off that impressive winning streak and earn the title.”

Winning the North Region championship was the highlight of a season already filled with bright spots. For the North Region, Brady was named coach of the year, sophomore Abdul Mohamed was named defensive player of the year, sophomore Dana Abe was named player of the year, and the team itself won the title of best defensive team.

For Brady, who is in his third year as head coach, the victories are particularly gratifying.

“This season has really been a lot of fun,” said Brady. “Last year’s freshmen were really the first recruiting class that myself and the other coaches brought on so it was fun to watch them grow as athletes and as a team and follow them all the way to the championships.”

Brady hopes the successes can continue and that this season marks a new chapter for the Phins.

“Our goal is to create a culture of consistency with our basketball program,” said Brady. “We want to be known as a successful program that not only makes it to the championship tournament every year but also gets our players to four-year schools with 100% success. This year put us back on the map and hopefully we can keep it going.”

With their title as North Region champions secured, the Phins will move on to the post-season and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) championships. The NWAC tournament is a 16-team, single elimination tournament with teams from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

First up in post-season play, the Phins will take on Mt. Hood Community College this Thurs., March 9 at 8 p.m. at Everett Community College. Come on out to cheer our Phins on to victory.

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Men’s Basketball players Kelley and Smarr receive Academic Honors

Sophomore Jason Smarr shoots for two during a Phins game against Olympic College.

Sophomore Jason Smarr shoots for two during a home game against Olympic College.

Sophomores Skyler Kelley and Jason Smarr were both named to the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Winter Term Academic Excellence Team. Skyler Kelley played in 23 games for the Phins and averaged 9 points per game. The sharpshooter shot 40% from the three-point line and 83% from the free throw line. Kelley has an overall GPA of 3.5 and plans to go on his Mormon mission following his Sophomore year before moving on to a four-year university.

Jason Smarr played in all 25 games for the Phins, leading the team with 17 points and 7 rebounds per game. Smarr also led the Phins with 45% from the three-point line. Smarr was named to the Northern Region First Team to go along with his academic honor. Smarr has an overall GPA of 3.65 and is being recruited by a number of four-year universities to play basketball on scholarship next year.