Bonita Joe

With College exams almost over, the Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team is gearing up to play host to two exciting events over the holidays.

The team will hit the hardwood at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence on December 28-30 as the program hosts its 6th Annual Christmas Classic Tournament and follow up in the New Year with an exhibition game against Japan’s U18 National Team on January 2.

“We are now the only college women’s basketball tournament between Christmas and New Year’s west of Toronto,” commented Chargers Head Coach Brett Westcott. “We have been able to attract three teams from the BC league and three from out-of-province so everybody will get to play games against different competition as teams look to start the second half of their season.”

Spectators can expect some great hoop action at the tournament where the home team will go up against defending Alberta Provincial Champions Grande Prairie Regional College , Grant MacEwan University (currently ranked second in the country and undefeated so far this season) and Red River College which plays in the competitive Manitoba college league. Defending BC Provincial Champions Capilano University and PACWEST competitors Langara College will complete the BC side of the draw.

Wednesday, December 28

3pm Langara vs. Red River

5pm Capilano vs. Grant MacEwan

7pm Camosun vs. Grande Prairie

Thursday, December 29

3pm Grande Prairie vs. Capilano

5pm Grant MacEwan vs. Langara

7pm Red River vs. Camosun

Friday, December 30

9:30am Capilano vs. Red River

11:30am Langara vs. Grande Prairie

1:30pm Camosun vs. Grant MacEwan

Following the tournament, the Chargers will cap off the holidays with an exhibition game against Japan’s National Women’s U18 team on Monday, January 2 at 1pm at PISE. The U18 squad will play UVic Sunday, January 1 at 2pm at McKinnon Gymnasium prior to facing off against Camosun.

“I don’t know much about them, but I expect them to be at the top of their game and they may be the best team we play all season,” said Coach Westcott. “Their roster shows they are bigger than us and I think they will be quick and tremendous perimeter shooters so I just hope we can be competitive.”

Coach Westcott added, “We may be in over our heads with the competition as we will need to work hard just to be close, but those are the types of games we need to make a run at the better teams in our league in the second half of the season. These games are important for our development as a team. We need to make steps in a positive direction with our level of execution and work ethic in order to compete with the teams in our league in the second half of the season. In the first half of our season, we played well at times, but we sabotaged ourselves with too many mistakes at critical times so we need to clean up that part of our performance if we hope to make playoffs again this season.”