February 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The men’s tournament kicked off Thursday afternoon with a spirited affair between two close rivals Douglas and Capilano. The Camosun College Women took on the Royals in a real head to head show down.
The Royals came out firing in this one hitting three quick three-pointers to take an early 13-5 lead. However, Capilano battled back in the 2nd quarter and took a short-lived 22-20 advantage halfway through the Q. At this point, the wheels seemed to come off for the Blues as Douglas went on a devastating 24-2 run to close out the 1st half in the lead 44-24. Capilano just had no answer for the Royals’ aggressive 2-3 zone shooting a miserable 26.5% from the field for the 1st half.
MEN: Douglas College Royals (#4) vs. Capilano University Blues (#5)
Men’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: DC 20-15 CAP
Quarter 2: DC 44-24 CAP
Quarter 3: DC 56-42 CAP
Quarter 4: DC 83-65 CAP (FINAL SCORE)
“We usually play a lot of man-to-man,” said Douglas Head Coach Denis Beausoleil after the game. Unfortunately for the Blues, he saw something on the game film that led to a change in their defensive scheme: “we had a philosophy of starting strictly zone [against Capilano]”.
In the 3rd quarter, the Blues had a few open looks to get back into the game and managed to cut the deficit to only 14. They made their run in the first five minutes of the 4th quarter when 2nd year Blues guard Josh Reddy went off from behind the arc and managed to close the gap with Douglas to only 4 points. That is as close as they would get however as Douglas closed strong to make the final 83-65.
Royals starting point guard Andrew Baron was named player of the game going 6 for 10 from the field for 14 points alongside 4 rebounds. “Our main focus was to push the ball the whole game” stated Baron in a post-game interview. Douglas was led in scoring by Dustin Egelstad who finished with 18 points on an astounding 6 for 7 field goals while Harpreet Randhawa completed a solid all-round game with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Capilano’s Reddy was the game’s high scorer finishing with 26 points on 7 for 12 from three point range.
Douglas moves on to the semi-finals facing the conference’s #1 team Langara.
When asked how he is going to prepare for the Falcons, Beausoleil recognized that the players’ “mindset is key” and they would have to “play in the moment” in order to knock off the heavy favourites. According to Beausoleil, “[Langara’s] Coach [Eberhardt] is one of the best in Canada”. The Royals and Falcons face each other Friday night at 8:00 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria, BC.
WOMEN: Douglas College Royals (#3) vs. Camosun College Chargers (#6)
Women’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: DC 15-10 CAM
Quarter 2: DC 29-29 CAM
Quarter 3: DC 43-39 CAM
Quarter 4: DC-61-56 CAM (FINAL SCORE)
The Douglas Royals began the PACWEST tournament facing off against the hometown Camosun Chargers in an exhilarating game. The Royals bested the Chargers in a hard fought matchup where a mere seven points was the largest lead of the game. Tonight’s contest was an offensive battle with the Royals outscoring the Chargers in both the third and fourth quarters to finish the game strong.
Camosun’s Ella Goldschmid (PACWEST 2nd Team All-Star) and Melissa Van Dyk (PACWEST Rookie of the Year), combined for 20 points and 4 rebounds in the devastating loss to the Royals. Player of the Year, Amonda Francis proved why she earned her title scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds. “We will just play our game,” Francis stated when asked how the team will approach tomorrow’s game against the 2nd seeded VIU Mariners.
Royals Head Coach Curtis Nelson, who was named this year’s PACWEST WBB Coach of the Year commented, “Camosun was extremely prepared for the game and had the crowd on their side, but we’ve been in this situation before and used that experience to ultimately come out on top.”
It will be a battle between #2 and #3 tomorrow as Douglas takes on VIU in the first semifinal match-up of the day at 1pm.