March 2, 2013, Victoria, BC – The PACWEST Bronze medal game between 3rd seed Royals and the 5th seed Eagles was an emotionally charged match-up between two great teams. The Royals came out with tremendous energy in the first half, rebounding strongly from their tough 70-68 loss against VIU the previous day.
The Eagles also suffered a tough loss yesterday to #1 ranked Capilano in the semi-finals with a score of 75-57. Those losses didn’t seem to affect either team as they battled to a 68-41 finish in the Royal’s favor.
At the end of the first half the Royals had put 30 points on the board and the Eagles were trailing with 15. Leading the board for the Royals at the end of the 1st half was guard Patti Olsen (PACWEST 2nd team all-star) with 10 points and 3 defensive rebounds, followed by post Amonda Francis (PACWEST 1st team all-star and WBB player of the year) with 7 points and 4 rebounds, and guard Taylor Carle scored 6 points and captured 2 rebounds for her team.
On the Eagle’s side forward Amber-Lee Kavanagh, recently named to the PACWEST all-rookie team, led their scoring at the end of the 1st half with 6 points and picked up 2 rebounds. The Eagle’s guard Jessica Villadiego who scored 14 points in the Eagle’s first game of the tournament, unfortunately twisted her knee during that game but still clocked 35 minutes of court time despite her injury. She was on court for today’s game with another 35 minutes of play-time, and a taped up knee, but wasn’t taking the shots or driving the net like she was in the first game. Obviously her knee injury was affecting her but she still had a strong presence on the court.
The 2nd half was largely Douglas’ game with the team scoring 14 points in the 3rd quarter and 24 in the 4th quarter, building the gap between the Royals and Eagles to 30 points. Eagle’s Forward Amber-Lee Kavanagh and player of the game for the Eagles, did some stellar offensive work for the Eagles scoring another 7 points for her team. Player of the game for the Royals was Patti Olsen who finished the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Olsen played a strong game today and was a dominant force on the court for the Royals as she wrapped up her 5th and final year of basketball. When asked in an interview what she thought gave her team the advantage, she replied “we were more prepared, and we wanted it more”.
WOMEN: Douglas College Royals (#3) vs. Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles (#5)
Women’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: DC 13-9 KPU
Quarter 2: DC 30-15 KPU
Quarter 3: DC 44-26 KPU
Quarter 4: DC 68-41 KPU (FINAL SCORE)
PACWEST WBB coach of the year Curtis Nelson had these words at the end of the game, “We were pretty fatigued but one thing’s for sure, our hearts were not fatigued.” Curtis Nelson and his team had a tremendous victory today, for themselves, and for their school. Coach Nelson told us that their team hadn’t won a medal in the tournament for over 13 years, but today they clinched the Bronze.
MEN: Quest University Kermodes (#3) vs. Douglas College Royals (#4)
Men’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: QST 22-14 DC
Quarter 2: QST 46-39 DC
Quarter 3: QST 74-16 DC
Quarter 4: QST 103-86 DC (FINAL SCORE)
The Men’s Bronze Medal matchup featured the 3rd ranked Kermodes taking on 4th seeded Douglas. The Royals came roaring out of the gate in this one taking a quick 14-2 lead on Quest forcing the Kermodes to burn two timeouts 4:40 into the game. Noticeably absent from the starting line-up, star point guard Cartiea French-Toney helped Quest climb back with 10-2 run of their own to finish the 1st quarter down 22-14.
The Kermodes came out firing in the 2nd and managed to stake themselves to a 25-24 lead early on in the quarter. It was a back and forth affair until the last few minutes of the half where Quest pulled ahead and took a 46-39 lead into the break. Despite dominating on the glass 26 to 12, and a 14 point 1st half effort from Dustin Egelstad, Douglas found themselves down seven halfway through the match.
When asked about their rough start to the game, Kermodes player of the game Dylan Kular recognized the Royals’ hustle style of play. “Douglas is a scrappy team… we have to keep our composure,” remarked Kular.
The Royals mounted a charge at the start of the 3rd to get back into the game; however, they ran into foul trouble midway through the frame when both Andrew Baron and Devan Haynes picked up their 4th fouls 19 seconds apart. With two of their starters on the bench, Douglas ended the quarter down 13, 74-61. The 4th Q played much the same as the 3rd with the Royals unable to do much to cut into Quest’s lead. Douglas was able to get within ten points, but that is as close as they would get. The Kermodes took the Bronze with the final being 103-86.
It was the final game for 5th year Quest players Jesse Norris and Brodan Thiel who finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 points, 3 rebounds respectively. “We owed them [Norris and Thiel] our best effort tonight,” said Kermodes Head Coach Sean Shook. When asked about next year Shook wanted to take some time to focus on the win. “I think we’ll enjoy this a little bit… coming off a 1-15 season last year, we’re really happy with [Bronze],” commented Coach Shook.
In 2014 Quest will be hosting Nationals and Kular sees real potential for something special next year, “We know that we’re capable of winning the provincials.”
Harpreet Randhawa was named player of the game on Douglas’ side ending an all-round effort with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and 7 assists in a team-high 35:23 on the court. Kular had 20 points for the Kermodes while French-Toney chipped in with 18 points, 5 boards, and 10 assists.