Photo courtesy Capilano University
Camosun College congratulates the Chargers men’s basketball team who defied all the odds at the 2015-16 PACWEST Provincial Championships (March 4-6) to bring home a silver medal. It was a tournament of epic proportions for the Chargers who entered the PACWEST seeded sixth and finished with the program’s best results in a decade!
“It was a thrilling weekend of basketball,” states Recreation and Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews. “The team went into the championship as the underdog and pulled off two incredible upsets to advance to the gold medal match and punch their ticket to Nationals. The last time the team did this was in 2005-06. That record was followed by two bronze medal finishes in 2007-08 ad 2011-12. We couldn’t be prouder.”
The Chargers took down the #3 Langara College Falcons 85-77 in the quarters and then defeated the #2 Quest Kermodes 84-64 in the semi’s. Player of the Game honors went to Chargers Mat Hampton (PACWEST All-Rookie) who led the Chargers with 26 points in Thursday’s game against Langara and fourth-year guard Evan Woodson who scored 26 points in the win versus Quest. Both players hail from Oak Bay High.
In the men’s gold medal match, Camosun faced the undefeated and heavy favorite VIU Mariners.
VIU proved their dominance right out of the gate as they out-rebounded the Chargers 16-5 and took a 24-19 lead after the first quarter. Camosun went on a run in the second to bring them within three points of the lead 39-36 with 3:56 to play in the half. Up 49-42 after the break, the Mariners were able to extend their lead to 61-46 with under five minutes to play in the third. From there, it was all VIU, as they outscored the Chargers 25-4 in the third quarter to go up 74-46 heading into the final quarter of play. The Mariners maintained complete control to win the PACWEST gold medal defeating Camosun 97-73.
Player of the Game John Thompson hit eight 3-pointers in the win for VIU. The Chargers were led by Mathew Hampton who finished off the night with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
The men’s Tournament All-Stars included: Dallas Searles (Quest), Evan Woodson (Camosun), Mathew Hampton (Camosun), Jason Fortin (VIU) and Josh Ross (VIU). VIU’s John Thompson was named tournament MVP.
With the PACWEST wildcard in hand, the underdog Chargers prepare for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Men’s Basketball Championship, March 16-19 hosted by Keyano College in Fort McMurray, AB. Seeding will be announced Tuesday, March 8.