Island rivalry was a tough one for the Chargers


Bonita Joe

(ISN) – PACWEST BASKETBALL ACTION at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence Camosun College Chargers host the Vancouver Island University Mariners

The Island rivalry was a tough one for the Chargers tonight as both teams fell to the visiting VIU Mariners.

In women’s action, VIU controlled the game from start to finish beginning with a 22-6 lead to complete the 1st quarter. The Mariners steamed ahead to lead 34-15 at the half and by the end of the third, had forced a 28 point deficit upon the home team. Despite a great effort by the Chargers in the final frame which included a trio of treys by second-year wing Emma Cunningham, Camosun fell to their island rivals 68-48. The loss moves Camosun to 4-4 while VIU advance to 6-2.

First-year post, Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) provided the high score for Camosun with 17 points and 2 rebounds.

It was a different story for the Chargers men who put forth a gigantic effort in tonight’s game against the undefeated, No. 1 nationally ranked Mariners. The home team kept pace with VIU up until the last few minutes of the game, trailing a mere 4 points at the end of the first half and leading the nation’s No. 1, 55-53 at the end of the 3rd. Despite leading for the majority of the last quarter, Camosun fell back as VIU turned up the heat and so began the see-saw battle. Over the final few minutes, the Mariners pulled ahead to end the game by 8 points (79-71) and defend their undefeated title. Taking the loss, Camosun is now 3-5.

Third-year guard Evan Woodson (Oak Bay) was the high man for Camosun with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Fellow Oak Bay grad and Camosun point guard Kaz Kobayshi tipped in 14 points and 1 rebound.

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