5th year guard Brandon Jones had excellent weekend at home as the VIU Mariners defeated the Capilano Blues on Fridayand the Quest Kermodes on Saturday. Heading into the weekend, the Mariners sat 2 points behind second place Quest and 6 points behind the league leading Falcons
On Friday night vs the visiting Blues, Jones scored 25 points, including five 3's, to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. When he finally came out of the game with about 8 minutes remaining, the Mariners were already up 71-44. VIU would finish the game with an 80-67 win.
On Saturday was the 3rd and final league meeting between the Mariners and Kermodes. Back in November, VIU won at home, 76-65. In January’s rematch in Squamish, the Kermodes would tie the series with an 88-78 win. VIU once again hosted Quest and Jones followed up Friday’s performance with 18 points and 9 rebounds against Quest in VIU’s 83-64 victory. Eight of those nine rebounds came down the stretch on a night where VIU struggled to rebound. Jones played excellent defense and did a great job of running the team.
The weekend home wins helped the Mariners regain 2nd place in the PACWEST and the all-important tie-breaker with Quest. The Mariners have another huge home stand this coming weekend as the league leading Langara Falcons come to town. VIU face Langara on Feb. 14 and Douglas on Feb. 15.