The Camosun College Chargers men’s basketball team opened the second half of the PACWEST season with a huge double digit win over the No. 2 nationally ranked Capilano University Blues in Victoria on Friday night.
Led by first-year forward student-athletes Trevor Scheurmann (Winnipeg) and James Blandford (Stelly’s), the Chargers dominated Capilano in all four frames and collected a convincing 91-63 victory against the Blues who were positioned at the top of the PACWEST standings and ranked second in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
“We executed our game plan, attacked them inside and played good perimeter defense,” commented Camosun Head Coach Craig Price. “We were able to control their running game and still attack them back in transition. I think that CAP is trying to find their identity after the break. They did not play their best basketball and will be tough to beat in the future. Jordan Yu does a tremendous job with that team.”
Despite the walloping that Camosun imposed on their higher ranked opponents on Friday, the team’s follow up match on Saturday against the league’s winless Quest University Kermodes was a tight one as the Chargers struggled to get into the game.
“Against Quest, the zone protected the inside better and it took us the entire first half to start attacking,” said Coach Price. “When we became more confident and played with conviction we were considerably better.”
After being down 32-26 at the half, the Chargers made a strong comeback in the final two quarters to capture their second win of the weekend 68-58.
“Welcome to your inexperienced teams and their ups and downs,” noted Coach Price. “We will definitely have to better this weekend and in the weeks following to stay in contention for playoffs.”
With a 6-2 record, the Chargers move up one spot in the conference standings to No. 3, right behind the Vancouver Island University Mariners (who took the top spot by defeating Capilano on Saturday in Nanaimo) and the No. 2 University of Northern BC Timberwolves. Together, VIU and UNBC have handed the Camosun squad’s only two losses of the season to date.
The Chargers women fell in both games this weekend (76-62 to Capilano and 68-57 to Quest) and remain in sixth spot with 3 wins and 5 losses. The team will undoubtedly be working towards making improvements over the next five weeks as playoffs draw near.
“We had our chances in both games this past weekend, but we have not been able to sustain anything offensively or defensively for any extended time period,” commented Chargers Head Coach Brett Westcott. “Just when we need to get a couple of stops to keep from falling away, we give up a couple of three-point shots or offensive put-backs which just kill our momentum and leave us scrambling again. We are seeing the same story play over repeatedly from game to game and at some point in time the players have to make some adjustments or they are just going to get the same results which will mean we have a short season. “
This weekend, the Chargers basketball teams travel to the Mainland where they face off against the Langara College Falcons (Vancouver) and the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles (Surrey).
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Fri, Jan. 20
Women 6pm Camosun (#6) at Langara (#7)
Men 8pm Camosun (#3) at Langara (#6)
Sat, Jan. 21
Women 1pm Camosun at Kwantlen (#5)
Men 3pm Camosun at Kwantlen (#7)