Richard Townsend-Gant of Portland, Oregon had a solid opening weekend for the VIU Men’s
basketball squad, helping lead the M’s to a pair of convincing wins. In a limited action and just 42 total minutes between the two games, Gant went for a combined 37 points and 20 rebounds.
In Friday nights 87-68 victory over Langara the third year forward had an impressive 24 points on 10
of 16 shooting (3/5 from beyond the arc), and a team leading 12 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
On Saturday, Gant played just 18 minutes in a lop-sided victory over the Kwantlen Eagles. In the 81-
51 victory Gant once again led the Mariners in scoring with 13, as well as grabbing a team leading 8
This was a very solid start for the Mariners and a nice opening weekend for Richard Townsend-Gant.
This coming weekend the M’s will head to the mainland for a pair of games against CBC and Douglas.
Jocelyn Jones is a third year guard from Highline Community College (Seattle) where she was a first team
league all star in leading her team to a 14-2 record. In her first weekend of league action
wearing a VIU uniform, Jocelyn led the team to two victories.
On Friday vs Langara, Jocelyn had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in 23 minutes
in a 72-37 win.
On Saturday vs Kwantlen, Jocelyn had 19 points and had 4 assists in a 74-47 win.
“Jocelyn has been a nice addition to our team this year. She provides us with athleticism and
toughness on the defensive end while being able to score in a variety of ways” stated coach
McWhinnie. “Not only is she putting up big offensive numbers, but she has the job of guarding
the opponents best perimeter player, each Game.