(ISN) – PISE will be buzzing with Charger activity this weekend as Camosun’s basketball and volleyball teams hit the court one final time to close out their home game schedule and begin preparation for the playoffs.
The Chargers volleyball teams have two matches remaining before the PACWEST Championships, starting with tonight’s road game against Island rivals, the VIU Mariners in Nanaimo. The Chargers and Mariners take a break on Friday, then go at it again on Saturday in Victoria at 6 & 8pm. Camosun’s basketball teams have two home games this weekend as they host Kwantlen on Friday (6&8pm) and CBC on Saturday (1&3pm).
The Valentine’s Day weekend was a tough one for the Chargers men’s and women’s basketball squads who dropped their games on Saturday to the Mariners in the Hub City. While the #5 Chargers women fell 52-39 to the PACWEST’s #2 team, the Camosun men were handed an 87-62 defeat by the nation’s No. 3.
“There comes a time in every season where players need to step up accept their roles and responsibilities,” comments Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “Some of the players on our team are reluctant to step up. We know we have the talent to compete with every team in the league. Saturday at VIU, we did not step up and compete. In the third quarter we displayed some of our abilities and brought ourselves back into the game. Unfortunately we did not maintain our advantage and lost decisively.”
Camosun’s Men’s Head Coach Scot Cuachon states, “The game against VIU was tough. They are a very good and deep team. Their full court pressure caused us to rush with the ball which led to poor choices. We didn’t get the contributions from everyone that we needed and VIU took advantage of our mistakes.”
Both Chargers squads sit in fifth place with four games remaining in the regular season. This weekend, the 7-10 Chargers women take on the #6 Kwantlen Eagles (5-12) and the 7th place CBC Bearcats who are 3-14.
“Two games in a row now we have not scored forty points,” says Coach Macdonald. “At this level of basketball that is unacceptable. This week as we prepare for our final home stand of the year we will develop better scoring opportunities and a stronger defensive presence. Both of these factors will put us in a better position to compete and win this weekend. We have not played our strongest basketball at home this year and this weekend is our opportunity to show our supporters exactly how we can perform.”
In men’s action, the #5 Chargers (6-8) go up against the #7 KPU Eagles (2-12) and CBC who is 8th with only 1 win over 14 games.
“The next two games are must win games, asserts Coach Cuachon. “No if’s ands or buts about it! We need to win both games against Kwantlen and CBC.”
Catch the Chargers at PISE this weekend in their FINAL home games of the season!
Fri, Feb. 20 Basketball CAM hosts KPU Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Feb. 21 Basketball CAM hosts CBC Women 1pm; Men 3pm
Sat, Feb. 21 Volleyball CAM hosts VIU Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Feb. 26-28 PACWEST Provincial Volleyball Championships hosted by Camosun at PISE
Fri, Feb. 27 Basketball CAM at Quest, Squamish
Sat, Feb. 28 Basketball CAM at Capilano, North Van
March 5-7 PACWEST Provincial Basketball Championships hosted by CBC in Abbotsford