Raiders hoops team earn first in division

Raiders celebrate victories for the season



Brian Beneditti

Contributing Writer

The Raiders men’s basketball team celebrated two historic events Feb. 13; one was the team locking up the Western Division title, and the second was Head Coach Bill Mendelson’s 300th college career coaching victory.

The Raiders men’s team is in first place in the Western Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and ranked No. 3 in the conference.

The 86-68 victory against Clark College Feb. 13 sealed the Western Division title, only the fourth time in the program’s 45-year history. The other division titles were in 1989-90, 1990-91 and 2006-07.

The Raiders boast a 13-1 league record and 21-4 record overall.

With the team’s win, Mendelson earned his 300th victory during his 16-year college career, which includes six years with South Puget Sound Community College, and the past 10 with the Raiders.

Highlights for Mendelson include 10 playoff teams and two Raiders trips to the NWAACC Championship game, according to Duncan Stevenson, Pierce College athletic director.

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Raiders hoops team earn first in division

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