(ISN) – The Camosun Chargers basketball teams produced mixed results this weekend as they tackled Week 2 of PACWEST play against the Langara College Falcons and Douglas College Royals on the Mainland.
In women’s action, the Chargers split their road games capturing a solid 66-50 win on Friday against Langara, and falling the next day to the DC Royals 68-55. The victory against Langara marks the first win of the season for the Chargers women, as well as the first post-secondary career win for newly appointed Head Coach Carl Macdonald.
“Langara came out very determined, played well and controlled the backboards for the first half,” comments Coach Macdonald. “In the second half we responded well, tightened our defence, turned the game around and won by 16 points.”
Chargers rookie Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) led Camosun to victory with an impressive 25 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist. Fourth-year veteran Aija Salvadore (Oak Bay) and first-year Kathryn Candell (Pacific Christian), followed with contributions of 11 points apiece.
In Saturday’s match-up, Camosun faced a tough and experienced Royals line-up who was up 53-35 by the end of the third quarter. Despite a strong final frame, the Chargers were defeated and picked up their second loss of the season to head into Week 3 of competition, 1-2.
“Playing with a solid core of veterans, Douglas took control of the game early and withstood our come-back attempts, winning by 13 points,” states Coach Macdonald. “While not the overall effort we were looking for, there were some bright spots. Ali Cooper’s play in the Post continues to get stronger while Emma Cunningham’s floor leadership and Rachael Bakker’s rebounding are positives we pulled from that game.”
Ali Cooper led Camosun once again, this time with 15 points, 8 rebounds and an assist. Aija Salvadore posted 12 points and newcomer Haley Cabral, a talented guard from Claremont, made 10.
In men’s action, the Chargers went toe to toe with two extremely tough teams and despite battling to the finish, were handed two disappointing losses. Led by Head Coach Scot Cuachon, the Camosun men are 0-3 and looking for their first win.
On Friday, the Chargers were dominated by the defending PACWEST and CCAA Champion Langara Falcons who led 36-23 at the half before exploding to outscore Camosun 29-7 in the third. While the Chargers managed to keep pace with their opponents in the fourth, the damage had been done and Langara walked away with the win 78-40.
Third-year point guard Kaz Kobayashi (Oak Bay) added 11 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist to Camosun’s cause while third-year forward AJ Beaudry from Winnipeg made 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Saturday proved to be another grueling day for Camosun as the team fell to an unrelenting Douglas Royals squad who handed the Chargers their third loss of the season with a devastating 99-69 take down.
Charger AJ Beaudry led Camosun with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Third-year guard Evan Woodson also gave a great performance making 15 points.
This weekend, the Chargers basketball teams will be on the hunt to win with the home court advantage as the men and women host their HOME OPENERS at PISE against the Capilano University Blues and the Quest University Kermodes.
“This weekend with our home openers we are expecting a different style of game,” explains Chargers Women’s Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “Both Capilano and Quest are big teams with solid cores of returning players who like to push the tempo of the game. Factors that contribute to their successes are matched by our quality players. We expect two highly competitive games with our veterans Ella Goldschmid and Aija Salvador leading our play.”
Catch the Chargers BASKETBALL teams in their HOME OPENERS at PISE this weekend!
Friday, Nov. 14 Camosun vs. Capilano Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 15 Camosun vs. Quest Women 1pm; Men 3pm