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Men's Basketball Player Josh Peterson, Evergreen Athlete of the Week

December 17, 2003

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- It would not be a Coach John Barbee team if there was not a long range sharp shooter on The Evergreen Men's Basketball team.

Emerging from the veteran team of eight seniors to assume the role of three point expert is junior transfer Josh Peterson (Winlock, Wash./Winlock H.S.).

Last week, over the span of three games Peterson lead the team in long range baskets and was named Evergreen Athlete of the Week.

At University of Puget Sound on Tuesday (Dec. 9), Peterson had a game high 17-points, making 3-for-5 shots from behind the arc.

Friday night at Seattle University, Peterson hit two of his five three point attempts to be one of four Evergreen players to score in double figures.

Saturday night at home against Whitman College, all of Peterson nine field goal attempts came from beyond the three point arc. His three baskets were a game high.

Only one other Evergreen player has more attempts and successful shot than Peterson (19-for-51 37%) and that is senior shooting guard Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. / Puyallup H.S.). Riippi lead the team in attempts (66) and shots made (25).

Junior Zach Haley (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson H.S.) leads the team in three point percentage - .478 (11-for-23)
Peterson on the other hand has started more games than Riippi, is seeing more playing time and averaging 10.1 points per game.

To-date, Peterson's has had three season high 17-point games. The first came against Malaspina on Nov 29. He followed that with back-to-back games, 17 against Metro State on Dec. 6 and 17 against Puget Sound on Dec 9.

Interestingly, all of Peterson's double figure games have come on the road. So far this season, his best performance at home was the nine-point outing against Whitman College last Saturday. But all indicators seem to indicate that Peterson will have a breakout game at home, soon.