Another great weekend of high intensity basketball action rocked the boards at PISE as the Chargers played host to the Capilano Blues and Douglas College Royals, November 17 & 18.
The Chargers women were victorious in both of their games, advancing to their fourth consecutive win. Entering Week 3 of PACWEST basketball competition, the team is number one in the conference and has jumped from #15 to #8 in the CCAA national rankings.
In Friday’s 80-74 victory over the Blues, five Chargers delivered double-digit contributions including fourth-year guards Aija Salvador, Ashley McGinnis and Kathryn Candell who respectively posted 17 pts, 3 rbs, 1 asst; 15 pts, 5 rbs; and 13 pts, 2 rbs, 2 assts. Third-year guard Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu made 14 pts, 9 rbs and 3 assts, while second-year forward Mia Roberts collected a double-double with 12 pts, 11 rbs and 1 asst.
Saturday’s rumble against the Royals proved to be the Chargers’ biggest physical test of the season with Camosun concluding the contest with a forcible 78-71 win. Top performers scoring into the double digits were Kathryn Candell with 17 pts, 3 rbs, 1 asst; newcomer Jasmine de Vries with 17 pts, 4 rbs, 3 assts and second-year guard Isla Swanwick who picked up her first double-double of the season with 13 pts, 10 rbs and 3 assts.
“I thought we had two good challenges on the weekend that highlighted areas in which we need to continue to improve,” comments Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Cait Haggarty. “Both teams played hard against us and I think it was beneficial for the girls to get a sense of what is to come for the remainder of the season. We had different people step up on different days, which was good to see, but there’s still lots we need to work on as a team.”
The Chargers men earned a split, capturing their second win of the season over the Blues on Friday 76-62 before dropping a tough battle against the Royals 98-86 on Saturday. At 2-2, the men are fourth in the PACWEST conference standings.
Second-year forward Shaquille Maharaj from Perth, Australia had an outstanding weekend with a total of 42 pts, 5 rbs and 3 assts. Third-year Mathew Hampton had 29 pts, 6 rbs and 6 assts. Red Deer native Dallas Hancox scored 24 pts, 14, rbs and 7 assts with his double-double (12 pts, 11 rbs, 3 assts) in the win against Capilano and contribution of 12 pts, 3 rbs and 5 assts versus Douglas.
“The weekend was a marginal success,” states Chargers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “I felt we played well in spurts in both games, luckily against CAP, we were able to close it out after giving up a 20 point lead. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas against Douglas and started making some mental errors. I was proud of how we stuck together and fought through adversity throughout the weekend. It will only serve to help us improve.”
This weekend, the Chargers basketball teams travel to the Mainland to take on the Quest University Kermodes and Langara College Falcons. The weekend will mark the end of conference play for the Fall semester.
“The next two games should also be a good challenge for us,” says Coach Haggarty. “They will be our first games off the island and I’m sure both teams will be bringing their best.”
Catch the games live and follow @CamosunChargers on Twitter for updates.
Friday, November 24
Camosun at Quest University Kermodes
Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, November 25
Camosun at Langara College Falcons
Women 1pm; Men 3pm