While defeating the conference’s No. 1 VIU Mariners on February 15 gave Camosun basketball fans all they could have wanted in a home game season finale, the Chargers men are taking a humble approach to their thrilling 97-68 victory over their Island rivals while keeping focused on their next foray – the PACWEST Provincial Championships, February 28 – March 2.
“It was a fun evening with the gym being full of energy from the crowd,” says Chargers Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “As far as the game was concerned, we don’t make a big deal of a single win or loss as we know the Chargers are more than just about winning and losing. The night was special because of the support and warmth from the Chargers faithful. It was really about the fans and how they made the evening one to remember. The outpour of support for our fifth year player, Dylan Marsden, on seniors’ night was something the team and Dylan will remember forever.”
With 12 days separating the end of the regular season and the beginning of the PACWEST Championships, the Chargers have had ample time to recover and prepare for the event, hosted by Douglas College in New Westminster.
“For us, it’s business as usual,” comments Coach Cuachon. “We have our training plan that progresses throughout the year and our focus is always to improve at every opportunity and ensure we are tracking correctly. At this point in the season, it’s all about health and peaking properly. We reduce training volume and concurrently strive for another level of intensity in order to try and achieve this while putting a massive focus on recovery and off court preparations such as proper hydration, sleep, nutrition, a greater focus on suppleness training and mental recovery.”
As the #5 seed, Camosun will tip-off against the fourth-seeded Langara College Falcons, who are guaranteed a berth to the CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship (March 13-16) as the tournament hosts.
“We’ve had three close and competitive games with Langara this year,” states Coach Cuachon. “All three games came down to the last few possessions with one of them going to overtime. Langara is a talented and experienced team, the quarter final match up between them should be competitive and a fun game to compete in!”
Chargers to watch for at the championship include fourth-year guard, Ty Cleland (15.5 points/game), third-year guard, Shaquille Maharaj (14.2 points/game) and third-year forward, Dallas Hancox (12.2 points/game).
The Chargers face off against the Falcons in Thursday’s quarterfinal feature match at 8pm.
February 28 8:00pm Langara Falcons #4 vs Camosun Chargers #5 Watch Live
The winner will advance to Friday’s semifinal match-up against the top-seeded VIU Mariners. Find more information and link to championship updates here: