(ISN) – The Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball teams were on fire in their final home games of the season on the February 20-21 weekend, sweeping all four contests against the Kwantlen Polytechnic Eagles and Columbia Bible Bearcats to cement their berth to the PACWEST Provincial Championships hosted by CBC, March 5-7 in Abbotsford.
The Chargers women claimed their final home games of the season going 71-59 against the Eagles and 56-48 versus the Bearcats. It was sweet revenge for the Camosun crew who fell hard in their previous match-ups with KPU and CBC.
“This weekend’s games were a vindication for our team,” states Chargers Women’s Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “The last time we played Kwantlen and Columbia we were at our worst. We all believe we have the capabilities to compete with every team in this league. With strong quick ball movement and a reduction in mistakes we could involve everyone in the game. Matching our offence with a lock down defensive effort brought about the results we were looking for.”
Despite pulling off a pair of back-to-back wins, the Chargers men found themselves in hot water against the #6 Eagles and 8th place Bearcats, much to the dismay of Camosun Men’s Head Coach Scot Cuachon.
“I’m glad we got the two wins this weekend,” says Coach Cuachon. “But I felt both were ugly, in that we were not as tough defensively as the standards we’ve set. Against Kwantlen, we managed to work out our issues in the second half and put the game away, 76-49. Against CBC, we were far too casual on the defensive end, which resulted in us chasing the game up until the 4th. We were finally able to lock in in that final quarter and pull off what was an ugly 78-70 victory.”
This weekend, Camosun hits the Sea to Sky Highway to take on the Quest University Kermodes (Squamish) and Capilano University Blues (North Van) in their season finales. With just one week of competition remaining before the PACWEST playoffs, both Chargers teams sit solidly at #5 with the Top 6 marking the qualifiers.
“We anticipate two very interesting games this weekend, reports Coach Macdonald. “Friday we face the #1 team in Canada, the undefeated Quest Kermodes. We match up well with them and plan on giving them a great game when we visit their gym for the first time this year. On Saturday, we face the Capilano Blues in what will be a preview of our first opponent in the playoffs. Sending them a message five days before we will meet them again is important. Every player on the team has stepped up and is contributing.”
Coach Cuachon is also expecting a weekend of challenges for the Chargers men. “It’s always tough to play on the road but even more so in the Kermode Kave,” he asserts. “They have a very supportive and raucous crowd, it will be a good experience for our team heading into the playoffs. CAP is coming off a big win against Douglas and have a lot of momentum on their side. Though these two games are meaningless as far as the standings are concerned, we are preparing for these two teams just like we do every week with the intention of giving it 100%.”
Catch the Chargers LIVE in their final games of the season on SportsCanadaTV http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/
Fri, Feb. 27 CAM at Quest, Squamish Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Feb. 28 CAM at Capilano, North Van Women 1pm; Men 3pm
Mar. 5-8 PACWEST Provincial Championships hosted by Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford