Camosun BBall teams fall short in season openers


(ISN) – The Camosun Chargers mens’ and women’s basketball teams fell short in their PACWEST season openers last Thursday with both teams giving way to the VIU Mariners in Nanaimo.

The Chargers women put forth a great effort and bounced back from an 11 point deficit after the first quarter by outshooting their opponents in the second to trail only by six at the half. Camosun kept up the pace after the break and shot 15 points to VIU’s 11 to make it a two-point game at the three-quarter mark. The final frame was a nail-biter as Camosun pulled ahead to lead by four in the last few minutes, but a determined Mariners squad came back to claim the win 53-49.

“I’m proud of the effort we put forth,”comments Chargers Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “Emma Cunningham and Amy Acheson led the team with their tenacity and enthusiasm which was great to see. Unfortunately, our comeback effort fell just short.”

Second-year wing Emma Cunnningham (Spectrum) led the Chargers with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Veteran guard Aija Salvadore (Oak Bay) followed with 9 points and 6 rebounds. 6’0″ post Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) rang in her first post-secondary appearance with 5 points and 7 rebounds.

The Chargers men were handed their first loss of the season, falling 84-61 to their opponents. Camosun kept pace in the first quarter and at the end, was only four points behind. VIU stormed their way through Quarter #2 outscoring the Camosun by 15 points to end the first half 48-29. Camosun came back in the third with 18 points to VIU’s 15 to take the game to 63-47. VIU opened fire again in the fourth and led by 23 at the buzzer.

“We didn’t execute and shot ourselves in the foot most of the game,” asserts Chargers Men’s Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “We need to be better and take the lessons learned from that game and move forward.”

Leading the Chargers in points was third-year guard Evan Woodson (Oaky Bay) who posted 17 points and 6 rebounds. Teammate James Giuffre, a third-year forward from Esquimalt followed with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

This weekend, the Chargers travel to the Mainland to take on the Langara College Falcons and Douglas College Royals.

“We played Langara during the pre-season, like us they have been battling through injuries and sickness,” says Coach Macdonald. “We expect a competitive game as we nurse ourselves back to health. As for Douglas, they are essentially the same team that knocked off VIU last season in the play-offs. They appear to be in good shape and very strong. When we play together as a team, we can compete with every team in the league. This game will be a test that I expect our women to pass with flying colours.”

Catch the Chargers as they hit the road to face off against their PACWEST adversaries this weekend:

Friday, Nov. 7 Camosun at Langara Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 8 Camosun at Douglas Women 1pm; Men 3pm