March 1, 2013, Victoria, BC – The 2nd seeded Mariners began their tournament against 3rd ranked Quest in the first men’s semi-final. VIU looked rusty out of the gates beginning by turning the ball over on their first three possessions.
However, star Mariners import Brandon Jones quickly took over, scoring VIU’s first 9 points, and pushing them out to a 24-13 lead after one. Quest bounced back early in the 2nd beginning on a 10-4 run to close the gap, but the Mariners answered right back with an 8-2 run of their own. Jones continued his stellar play and finished the 1st half with 30 points. The game started to turn when Kermodes point guard, and Thursday night’s player of the game, Cartiea French-Toney picked up his 3rd foul with 1:55 to go in the quarter. After taking French-Toney out, Quest’s offense stalled and VIU finished the half on a 7-0 run to take the halftime lead 48-35.
The 2nd half started out with both teams trading punches, and neither side able to take charge. Then, at the 3:45 mark of the 3rd, French-Toney picked up his 4th personal on a charge, and then was immediately given a technical foul on a scuffle with Jones (who also received a technical). With French-Toney out of the game, and leading scorer Jose Colorado mired in a scoring funk, Quest demonstrated a lack of team depth which essentially ended any chance at the upset. In fact, Quest scored only 16 points in the 2nd half with the final score being 81-51 Mariners.
“We had lots of time to prepare,” said VIU Head Coach Matt Kuzminski post-game, “we did a great job on a lot of their sets.” The Mariners were able to shut down Quest’s dynamic offense forcing the Kermodes to only 26.9% from the field including an abysmal 3 for 24 from beyond the arc. “Defense has always been something we stress” stated Kuzminski.
Brandon Jones finished his massive evening with 32 points on 12 for 18 shooting with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. However, he was not one to take the credit for the win and focused more on the team as the reason for VIU’s success. “We knew we had to come together and play as a team,” Jones said after the win, “and it all came down to we really wanted it.” When asked about going forward, Jones simply stated, “The sky’s the limit if we stay together.”
French-Toney was named player of the game for the Kermodes finishing with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals, while Jones brought home the honour for the Mariners. Michael Zayas-Duran chipped in with 10 points for Quest, and VIU’s other Pacwest 1st team all-star Tyler Olsen finished the night with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
MEN: Vancouver Island University Mariners (#2) vs. Quest University Kermodes (#3)
Men’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: VIU 24-13 QST
Quarter 2: VIU 48-35 QST
Quarter 3: VIU 67-44 QST
Quarter 4: VIU 81-51 QST (FINAL SCORE)
VIU faces the winner of the 2nd semi-final between the top ranked Langara Falcons and the 4th seeded Douglas College Royals (8:00 Friday night). The finals will be played Saturday night, 8:00, at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria.
RECAP FOR GAME #7 – FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013
Capilano University came to play tonight and showcased why they were seeded as the top team of the tournament.
After the first quarter the Blues led 21-5, quickly establishing their offensive dominance. Kwantlen fought hard to the remainder of the game with Sara Kurath and Jeannine Yngreso leading the way with a combined 28 points and 15 rebounds. The second quarter saw Kwantlen outscoring the Blues 14-13 in the struggle to gain a lead. In the third, it was Capilano all the way scoring 29 points and gaining the largest lead in a game for this tournament with 27 points.
CAP’s Jenn Bodnar was a force to reckon with for the entire game scoring 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and going4 for 5 from the line. Player of the game for the Blues, Alynn McNeilly stabbed the dagger in the Eagles game with 24 points along with numerous defensive stops. When asked how she felt about the game, McNeilly replied, “I just really wanted it.” Completing her final year of post-secondary participation, McNeilly will look towards ending her career with the Provincial Championship victory over VIU in tomorrow’s game.
WOMEN: Capilano University Blues (#1) vs. Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles (#5)
Women’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: CAP 21-5 KPU
Quarter 2: CAP 34-19 KPU
Quarter 3: CAP 63-37 KPU
Quarter 4: CAP 75-57 KPU (FINAL SCORE)
The Blues advance to tomorrow’s 6pm GOLD medal game against the #2 VIU Mariners. Kwantlen will face off against the 3rd seeded Douglas College Royals for the BRONZE at 1pm.