Heading into Week 4 of PACWEST play, the Camosun College basketball teams finally have the opportunity to play on home court as the Chargers take on the Quest University Kermodes and Langara College Falcons this weekend at PISE.
Having picked up a trio of wins in their past three games, the Chargers men are on a roll despite a slow start to the season and the team is making gains in all the right places.
“Our progress this season is coming along,” comments Camosun Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “We had a disappointing game against VIU to open the season as we did not execute or give the required effort to compete against a team of their calibre. Unfortunately, we followed that up with another disappointing game the following Friday against Capilano where we got off to a very poor start. I felt as if we were chasing the game the entire time and never really got on track. However, these losses along with our victories, are part of a much larger process. We would love to win every game, but the greater goal is to understand the process and not get too up on wins or get too low and depressed with losses but to make sure we are tracking the correct way as the season progresses.”
Coach Cuachon adds, “One of our biggest goals this year is to work on and nourish our team chemistry. I feel like we are going in the correct direction and we are continuing to focus on it.”The Chargers women are also making a measured start, and like the men, are trying not to put too much emphasis on wins and losses at this point in the season.
“Our results to date do not reflect the work effort that players are showing,” states Chargers Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “The team is stronger and more united in achieving our goals. With a strong contingent of returning players including our two leaders, Kelly Young (Oak Bay) and Kathryn Candell (Pacific Christian), we have many new faces fitting into the mix. We have come through some interesting dynamics and I believe we are stronger for the process. As the season unfolds we see tremendous gains being made.”
This weekend’s home openers will undoubtedly put both Chargers programs to the test. On Friday, Camosun goes up against the Quest Kermodes who stood number one in last week’s PACWEST standings in both men’s and women’s play. Saturday’s match up with the Langara Falcons will present its own set of challenges for the Chargers but Coaches Macdonald and Cuachon anticipate two very exciting days of basketball.
“Quest provided us with some real challenges last season,” says Coach Macdonald. “As most know, our Provincial Semi-final loss by three points was heartbreaking and we are eagerly awaiting the rematch as our home opener. Quest has played some very good basketball and is led by fourth-year forward, Miriam Beauman. Miriam is a very smart player and we will need to contain her to be successful. Langara has several new players that are molding into Coach Evans’ plans and they will present a different challenge than Quest.
“Chargers Guards Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu (Penticton), Kayla Dinh (Oak Bay) and Isla Swanwick (Belmont) are all rookies who have stepped up and are playing very well,” added Coach Macdonald. “Our twin towers, Olivia and Rachael Bakker (Duncan Christian) are strong defenders who have become dominate rebounders. Overall, we expect two very exciting games at home this weekend.”
On the men’s side Coach Cuachon explains, “The challenges in facing both Quest and Langara are far too many to list. Quest is one of the best teams in the country and is undefeated,. They present obstacles with their personnel and systems that will be fun to game plan for and execute against. Likewise, Langara is a red hot team full of talent, size and athleticism. They will pose their own unique obstacles, but we are looking forward to competing against them as well.”
Catch the Chargers in their 2015-16 home openers this weekend at PISE.
Fri, Nov. 20 Quest Kermodes Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Nov. 21 Langara Falcons Women 1pm; Men 3pm