(Charger Rulon Schmidt drives past Daniel Canzater in Friday’s nail biting 64-61 loss to Quest)
Camosun Chargers hoopsters seek successful second-half
It was a four-week wait for the Camosun College Chargers basketball teams who were finally able to perform in front of family, friends and a host of familiar faces at PISE as Camosun hosted its 2015-16 home openers. Despite a courageous and continued effort by both the men’s and women’s squads, the Chargers suffered a set of heartbreaking losses against the Quest Kermodes and Langara Falcons to cap the first half of the PACWEST season.
Having picked up their first win just a week prior against the Kwantlen Eagles, the Chargers women were keyed to improve their record of 1-4 before the holiday break and winter exams.
In Friday’s game against Quest, Camosun jumped to an 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter but a second quarter surge by Quest left the home team down by 10 at the half. The teams traded blows in the third with Quest advancing to 51-37. Camosun rallied back in the fourth but could not contain their opponents and the contest went to Quest 65-54.
On Saturday, the visiting Falcons created a huge advantage early in first quarter, controlling the game from start to finish, despite high turn-overs from both benches (41 Camosun; 31 Langara). Camosun collected a 73-53 loss and starts the New Year 1-6.
Second-year guard Kathryn Candell (Pacific Christian) led the Chargers offensively in both games with 19 points on Friday and 13 on Saturday.
“It was a disappointing weekend for us,” states Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “We showed flashes of the capabilities we know we have, however, we were unable to sustain our momentum. The team has a lot of energy and is determined to regroup and approach the remainder of the season with a positive attitude. The league is very fluid this year, while we are in a little hole right now, we believe with the right effort we will be competitive for the remainder of the year.”
The Chargers men went into the weekend fresh off a three-game winning streak and were poised at the prospect of taking down the undefeated Kermodes and the 4-1 Falcons. Both games were nail biters with Camosun falling just three points shy of pushing each of their opponents into overtime (Quest 64-61; Langara 77-74). Leaders for Camosun were fourth-year forward Ted Neilson (Nanaimo) who posted 11 points against Quest and third-year guard Lucas Derksen (Saskatoon, SK) who scored 16 in the fight against the Falcons.
“We had a chance to win both games but failed to close it out,” says Chargers Men’s Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “To have the lead against both teams on your home court knowing the opportunity at hand to win each respective game and then to give it up like we did is frustrating. We look forward to the second-half of the season where fans can expect to see a much tougher squad mentally and physically in the very near future.”
The Chargers basketball teams kick-off the New Year playing host to the Kwantlen Eagles and the Columbia Bible College Bearcats, January 8 & 9 at PISE.
Fri, Jan. 8 CAM vs Kwantlen Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Jan. 9 CAM vs CBC Women 1pm; Men 3pm