Friday February 1st
Quest Kermodes (78) at CBC Bearcats (97)
The Bearcats picked up valuable points with a in at home over Quest. A big fourth quarter saw CBC outscore Quest 29-14 and pull away for the win. The ‘Cats led by two at halftime, and by four after three quarters. The Bearcats also went 26/29 from the line in the second half, and 33/38 for the game. Marcio Juk had 30 points on 9/16 shooting for CBC, and Linden Willock had 22 points. Kevin Ford added 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Kermodes were led by Jose Colorado with 20 points. Connor Heinrichs added 14 points, and Mike Zayaz-Duran added 13. The Bearcats move to 6-10 and are just two points behind three more teams, including the Kermodes who are 7-9.
Camosun Chargers (72) at Langara Falcons (97)
The Chargers pushed the Falcons for a half, trailing just 50-42 at the break. But Langara pulled away with a 26-14 third quarter and led comfortably the rest of the way. The Falcons held Camosun to just 29% shooting in the second half. Jeff Chu came off the bench to score 17 for Langara. Jitt Lochcham added 16 and 7 rebounds, and Jesse Jeffers had 14. Brody Greig dished out 15 assists. For Camosun, Drake Downer had 17 and Jordan Elvedahl had 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Falcons got 49 points off the bench compared to 21 points for the Camosun bench. The Falcons maintain their cushion at the top of the table, now at 15-1. The Chargers drop to 7-9 and fifth place.
VIU Mariners (79) at Douglas Royals (47)
The Mariners got 31 points from Brandon Jones and 15 from Harrison Stupich en route to a win at Douglas College. The Mariners, #2 in the PACWEST, shot 12/27 from behind the arc. They outrebounded Douglas 50-39, but shot just 9/24 from the free throw line. The Royals’ Devan Haynes had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Royals committed 27 turnovers. The Mariners led 43 -22 at halftime, and won a low scoring final quarter 15-8. The Mariners win keeps them in second place at 12-4. The Royals drop to 7-9 and face a big game tomorrow versus the Chargers.
Capilano Blues (95) at Kwantlen Eagles (104)
Kwantlen keeps their playoff hopes alive with a big win over the Blues, led by Aaron Ram who shot 10/20 and hit 8/10 from the line for 34 points. Ali Bosir had 25 points and 22 rebounds, while Nii-Nortey Engmann added 22 points for the Eagles. Kwantlen outrebounded Capilano 49-35. The Blues were led by Igor Jesovnik who hit 11/16 from the field for 29 points. John Leong added 18 points, and Wes Dekleer added 11 points and 7 rebounds. Kwantlen shot an outstanding 14/28 from three-point range, and hit 28/37 free throws. The Eagles needed the win to stay close and are now 5-11, two points behind CBC. Capilano drops to 5-11 also; both teams still pushing for a playoff spot.
Saturday February 2nd
VIU Mariners (76) at Langara Falcons (83)
In a showdown of the top two teams in the PACWEST, the Falcons held home court advantage to a win over the Mariners. Langara started slowly and trailed 19-26 after the first quarter. Once their full court offence got going, they cut the deficit to 4 at halftime. In the third quarter the Falcons exploded for 32 points, and their defence held the Mariners to just 9 points in the final frame. Brody Greig had 25 points and 7 assists to lead Langara. Jitt Lochcham went 6/11 for 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Jesse Jeffers added 15 points. The Falcons committed just 15 turnovers, compared to 20 for the Mariners. VIU was led by Brandon Jones with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Clayton Billet added 15 points for VIU. With the win, Langara all but wrapped up first place at 16-1. The Mariners are 13-4 and 8 points ahead of third place Quest.
Camosun Chargers (74) at Douglas Royals (81)
The Royals needed a win at home to move past Camosun in the standings, and they got it on the strength of a comeback win. The Royals trailed 14-21 in the first quarter and 30-35 at halftime. They scored 51 points in the second half. Harpreet Randhawa had 21 points, including 8/10 at the free throw line. Mark Dabrowski added 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Dustin Egelstad had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Camosun got 15 points from both Jordan Elvedahl and Rulon Schmidt. Prab Parmar added 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Camosun bench outscored the Douglas bench 32-13. The Royals improved to 7-10, the same record as Camosun, and are in fourth place based on the tie-breaker formula.
Quest Kermodes (102) at Kwantlen Eagles (87)
Quest handed the Eagles a blow to their playoff hopes when they won in Kwantlen, staying just ahead of the log-jam in the standings. Kwantlen led through the first three quarters, but was outscored 38-14 in the last quarter. Jose Colorado had 32 points and 6 rebounds to lead Quest, while Connor Heinrichs added 19 points on 7/13 shooting. Cartiea French-Toney had 19 points for Quest. The Kermodes had a hot hand in the second half and shot 23/39, or 59%, while the Eagles struggled at 12/34 in the second half. Kwantlen was led by Ali Bosir with 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Nii-Nortey Engmann added 17 points. Jag Thakar added 16 points for the Eagles. The Eagles were 24/28 from the free throw line. Kwantlen drops to 5-12 and eighth place; Quest is 8-9 and in third place.
Capilano Blues (68) at CBC Bearcats (67)
In a game that saw 11 lead changes, the Blues ended up on top and kept their playoff hopes alive; a loss would have left them 4 points behind the Bearcats. Instead, they find themselves holding down the final playoff position. Wesley Dekleer went 4/6 from long range for 22 points and added 8 rebounds to lead Capilano. John Leong added 12 points for the Blues. The Bearcats’ Marcio Juk finished with 25 points, while Kevin Ford was held to 16 points. Linden Willock added 8 points and 10 rebounds for CBC. The Blues outrebounded CBC 53-40. The Bearcats turned 19 Blues turnovers into 14 points. The Blues led 38-36 at halftime. Both teams finish the weekend at 6-11.