The Camosun Chargers men’s and women’s basketball teams welcomed the Okanagan College Coyotes on Fri. Nov. 12, 2021 for their only home matchup of the season between the teams.


In their previous matchups during the 2019-20 season, the Chargers women’s team won the seasonal series 2-1, and the men’s team dropped all three meetings with the Coyotes.


The women’s team came out strong, and led at the half 38-32. Forward Chelsea Espenberg (Kelowna, BC/Kelowna Secondary) led the team in points at the half with nine, while Tamiya Ness (Smithers, BC/Smithers Secondary) led with six rebounds. Nearing the end of the third quarter, the Chargers were up 20, but the lead fizzled. The Coyotes fought hard in the fourth to bring the game within two, but the Chargers prevailed to take the game 79-72. Madyson Hautz (Regina, SK/Campbell Collegiate) netted 21 points and was 57 per cent from downtown, while Ness finished with 12 rebounds.


The men’s team was also hungry for a win tonight after dropping both games last weekend. Cormick Brown (Victoria, BC/Lambrick Park Secondary) put up seven points in the first half, while Jake Wilmott (Victoria, BC/ St. Michael’s) picked up eight defensive rebounds to aid in the Chargers 33-28 lead at the half. Early in the fourth, the Coyotes took a brief lead, but the Chargers fought hard to make it a seven point game in the end, 75-68. Madhu McConnell (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay High) led the Chargers with 18 points, while Wilmott added four defensive rebounds in the second half.


The Chargers are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host the Langara Falcons. Women tip off at 1pm and the men at 3pm. This is the last chance to catch the basketball teams at home in 2021!