Friday January 25th
Langara Falcons (90) at Capilano Blues (63)
The Falcons used a big second quarter to jump out to a comfortable lead and cruised enroute to a 27 point victory. Langara led 20-15 after the first and 44-28 at halftime. Jitinder Lohcham had 17 points and 9 rebounds for the Falcons in 25:13 of play, while Garrett Ling-Lee added 11 points. Brody Greig added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Langara outrebounded Capilano by a large margin, 58-41. For the Blues, Vincent Selina had 16 points off the bench, and Wesley Dekleer had 15 points and 9 rebounds. The Blues finished 8/30 from long range.
Douglas Royals (83) at Quest Kermodes (97)
The Kermodes needed another win in the Kave and got one over the Royals on the strength of a solid final quarter. Quest led 45-41 at halftime, and by 6 points after three. Mike Zayas-Duran and Cartiea French-Toney each led with 19 points for the Kermodes. Connor Heinrichs added 14 points off the bench for Quest. The Kermodes hit 24/38 free throws, while Douglas went 21/30. The Royals were led by Mark Dabrowski who went 8/11 from the line for 24 points. Devan Haynes shot 9/11 for 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Dustin Egelstad added 15 points. The Quest bench outscored the Douglas bench 52-7. The Kermodes win moves them to 7-7 and keeps them in third place. The Royals loss drops them to 5-9 and the middle of the race for the final playoff berth.
Camosun Chargers (90) at Kwantlen Eagles (76)
Trevor Scheurmann had 22 points and 9 rebounds in leading the Chargers to a win over Kwantlen. Kwantlen led 22-16 after the first, but tied the game at 39 at halftime. The Chargers won the third 32-16 and never looked back, leading by as much as 83-58 in the fourth quarter. Mitch Knippelberg added 14 points off the bench for Camosun, and Drake Downer had 12 points. The Chargers outrebounded Kwantlen 46-34. Ali Bosir had a strong game for the Eagles, tallying 32 points and 16 rebounds in the losing cause. Nii-Nortey Engmann added 14 points for Kwantlen. The Camosun bench outscored the Kwantlen bench 40-8. The Chargers win keeps them in fourth place, just two points ahead of three other teams at 6-8. The Eagles drop to 4-10 and sit outside the playoffs with a big game on Saturday against VIU.
VIU Mariners (94) at CBC Bearcats (50)
The Bearcats jumped out to a 17-15 first quarter lead, but after that it was all Mariners. VIU held CBC to 12 points or less in each of the last three quarters, shooting a sparkling 60% in the second half, including 6/13 from long range. The Mariners led 39-28 at halftime, and 70-38 after three quarters. VIU was led by Brandon Jones who hit five treys for 23 points and 8 rebounds. Tyler Olsen went 7/10 for 19 points and seven rebounds, while Jason McKee added 14 points. The Bearcats’ Kevin Ford had 17 points for CBC, followed by Marcio Juk with 8 points. VIU outrebounded CBC 49-34, and forced 25 Bearcat turnovers. The Mariners improved to 11-3 and are comfortably in second place behind Langara. The Bearcats loss is costly as they are 5-9 and tied with Capilano and Douglas.
Saturday January 26th
Douglas Royals (81) at Capilano Blues (71)
Douglas College picked up a big win on the road against crosstown rivals Capilano. The Royals trailed after the first quarter 15-19, but came back to lead 39-36 at halftime. In the second half they went to the free throw line 23 times, hitting 16. Douglas was led by Dustin Egelstad with 25 points and 8 rebounds in 38:36 minutes of play. Mark Dabrowski chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Harpreet Randhawa pulled down 12 rebounds. The Blues were led by Wes Dekleer with 23 points on 9/16 shooting. Daniel Dubois added 13 points, and Sai Zhang hit for 11 points. The Royals outrebounded Capilano 52-40.The R oyals win moves them to 6-9 and keeps them ahead of the race for the last playoff spot. The Blues are just behind at 5-10, tied with the Bearcats who lost a close one to Camosun.
Langara Falcons (86) at Quest Kermodes (55)
The Falcons got off to a slow start as the Kermodes, pushed by their home crowd, were in the game for the first three quarters. However, the Falcons won the final frame 25-9 to seal a convincing win. The Falcons shot 50% in the second half, compared to the Kermodes 27%. Five Falcons scored in double-figures, led by Jesse Jeffers with 22 points. Jeff Chu and Elliot Mason each added 12 points, while Brody Greig had 8 points and 11 assists. The Falcons outrebounded Quest 62-36. The Kermodes’ Connor Heinrichs had 12 points, while Jose Colorado was held to 3/8 shooting and 8 points. Langara bounces back from last week’s loss to sweep the weekend and move to 14-1. The Kermodes drop into a tie for third at 7-8 with the Chargers.
VIU Mariners (90) at Kwantlen Eagles (68)
Despite trailing early, the Mariners came back to win at Kwantlen. Kwantlen led 27-25 in a high scoring first quarter, but the Mariners came back to build their lead over the rest of the game to win easily. Tyler Olsen went 14/22 for 32 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Mariners, while Brandon Jones added 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. For Kwantlen, Ali Bosir had 19 points and 18 rebounds, while Aaron Ram added 18 points and 7 assists. Chris Arcangel shot 6/12 for 12 points. VIU scored 25 points off 24 Kwantlen turnovers. The Mariners are 12-3 and will likely finish no worse than second place. The Eagles costly losses this weekend drop them to 4-11, but only two points out of the playoff picture.
Camosun Chargers (77) at CBC Bearcats (76)
In a back and forth game, the Eagles survived a late effort by the Bearcats to win an important game. Camosun led at halftime 41-33, but scored just 17 points in the third quarter to trail 58-64 after three. The Chargers then held CBC to just 12 points in the final frame to win. Trevor Scheurmann had several big baskets, including 11/14 at the free throw line. Jordan Elvedahl also shot 8/14 including 7/12 from long range for 23 points. Rulon Schmidt added 11 rebounds off the bench. For CBC, Kevin Ford and Hudson Naylor each had 19 points, Naylor adding 8 rebounds. Linden Willock went 6/13 for 17 points. The Bearcats committed just 8 turnovers in the game. Camosun’s bench outscored CBC’s bench 15-9. The Chargers nailbiting win moves them to 7-8 and into a tie for third place. The Bearcats miss a chance to create some space ahead of seventh place and are 5-10.