Thursday February 14th
Quest Kermodes (83) at Douglas Royals (75)
In another Thursday night game for the Kermodes, the backcourt of Colorado and French-Toney combined for 45 points to lead Quest to the win. Quest opened up a big 28-15 first quarter lead, but led 39-37 at halftime as the Royals fought back. Colorado finished 7/20 for 24 points, while French-Toney went 10/16 from the free throw line to add 21 points. Sunny Johal added 9 points and 7 rebounds for Quest. For Douglas, Dustin Egelstad finished off a strong regular season with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Harpreet Randhawa added a huge double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Mark Dabrowski added 14 points. Devan Haynes had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Quest got 19 points off the bench to the Royals’ six points. The Kermodes went 22/38 from the free throw line, while Douglas was 17/28.
Friday February 15th
CBC Bearcats (73) at VIU Mariners (101)
The Mariners started out slowly but pulled away to control the game and win comfortably. VIU led 20-18 after the first quarter, and 45-35 at halftime. A big fourth quarter saw the Mariners score 32 points to the Bearcats’ 20. VIU was led by Brandon Jones (24 points and 12 rebounds) and Tyler Olsen (23 points and 8 rebounds). Clayton Billet added 18 points, and Jason McKee added 16 points and 8 rebounds. The Mariners outrebounded CBC 48-38 for the game. The Bearcats’ 22 turnovers led to 33 Mariner points. CBC was led by Marcio Juk with 21 points, while guard Kevin Ford added 14 points. The Bearcats finished 8/29 from behind the arc.
Capilano Blues (69) at Langara Falcons (90)
The Falcons exploded to a 31-12 first quarter lead and, despite the Blues winning the final frame, won comfortably for a record setting season. The Falcons’ 19th win broke the previous record of 18 set by the 2008-09 VIU Mariners. Men’s basketball Athlete of the Week Jeff Chu led the way with 13 points and 6 rebounds to go with 9 assists. Elliott Manson led scoring with 20 points, while Devin McMurtry came off the bench to go 5/8 and 10 points. The Falcons used their depth to rotate their lineup, resulting in 33 points off the bench; the Blues had 9 points off the bench. Capilano was led by John Leong with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Igor Jesovnik added 15 points and 9 rebounds. The Blues finished 19/30 from the line and turned the ball over 26 times.
Kwantlen Eagles (83) at Camosun Chargers (76) OT
The Eagles took care of business, in overtime, as they controlled their own destiny in a must-win game to make the playoffs. Sitting just behind the Chargers, a loss would see them eliminated. At halftime, and trailing 48-34, things looked bleak for the Eagles. But a 22-6 third quarter saw them take a two point lead. Just as Camosun looked poised to win, Ali Bosir’s basket with two seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 69-69. The Eagles continued to roll and won the extra frame 14-7 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Bosir finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Ram led the Eagles with 27 points, and Jag Takhar added 21 points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles went 5/6 from the free throw line in overtime. For the Chargers, Evan Woodson came off the bench for 19 points, while Trevor Scheumann had 18 points. Jordan Elvedahl added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Chargers. Kwantlen did not get any points from the bench, while the Chargers got 32 points. Kwantlen out-rebounded Camosun 48-45.
Saturday February 16th
Kwantlen Eagles (68) at VIU Mariners (103)
The Mariners defended home court and eliminated the Eagles from playoff contention, although VIU already had second place wrapped up. Six Mariners scored in double figures, led by Clayton Billet with 23 points on 8/12 shooting from the field. Brandon Jones also added 17 points, and 5th year forward Tyler Olsen finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Mariners led 51-27 at halftime, and exploded for another 36 points in the third quarter. For the Eagles, Ali Bosir finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Aaron Ram led Kwantlen with 18 points. The Mariners outrebounded Kwantlen 56-26, and their bench outscored the Eagles 37-25. The Eagles finish 7-14 on the season and miss the playoffs in seventh place. VIU finishes 16-5 and secures a bye in the first round of the playoffs.
CBC Bearcats (65) at Camosun Chargers (92)
The Chargers faced a Bearcats team that had already been eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to VIU on Friday night, but they were full value for the win. Their defence held CBC to 29 first half points as they led 44-29. Camosun led 77-54 after three quarters. The Chargers Drake Downer had 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead Camosun, and James Giuffre and Rulon Schmidt contributed 14 points each off the bench. Camosun shot 11/27 from long range, and 34/61 from the field overall. They outrebounded CBC 43-32. The Chargers finish the year at 8-13 and in sixth place. The Bearcats finish at 6-15 and finish in last place, two points behind Kwantlen.
Quest Kermodes (75) at Langara Falcons (105)
In a game that featured two of the best back-courts in the PACWEST, the depth of the Falcons came through as they gained control with a 30-8 third quarter to win by 30. Despite building an early lead, the Kermodes clawed their way back and only trailed 24-22 at the quarter, and 45-37 at halftime. After a dominating third, both teams traded shots and scored 30-30 in the final quarter. The Falcons were led by Jeff Chu with 22 points and 12 assists, many of his points coming off hard drives to the basket. Jitt Lochcham added 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Jesse Jeffers added 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Falcons went 10/22 from long range, and shot 50% for the game at 36/72. For the Kermodes, Jose Colorado went 7/14 for 19 points, and Dylan Kular came off the bench to add 14 points. Guard Cartiga French-Toney finished 1/8 from the field, but 6/10 from the free throw line. Langara’s bench outscored the Kermodes’ bench 39-29. The Falcons finish an amazing season at 20-1 and in first place; the Kermodes finish at 11-10 and in third place.
Capilano Blues (69) at Douglas Royals (54)
Capilano entered the game trailing Douglas by two points, but even with the win and identical records, the Blues finish 5th while the Royals claim 4th. The Blues win gives them momentum as the teams will meet again in the first playoff game. Four Blues scored in double figures, led by Josh Reddy with 17 points and Sai Zhang with 15 points. Igor Jesovnik added 14 points, and guard John Leong had 12 points and 7 assists. The Blues launch 27 three-pointers, connecting on 10, and finished 26/72 from the field. Capilano led 19-12 after the first quarter, and grew that lead to 42-22 at halftime, a lead that held for the rest of the game. The Royals’ Dustin Egelstad had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Harpreet Randhawa added 11 points, while Krisstian Hildebrandt and Mark Dabrowski each had 10 points. The Royals finished 18/56 from the field. The Royals and the Blues finish 8-13, but the Royals take fourth place by virtue of the tie-breaker. Capilano finishes 5th.