The Capilano Blues will begin defence of their PACWEST championship title on Friday night when they hit the road and visit the CBC Bearcats.
The biggest change for the Blues is in their leadership after head coach Ramin Sadaghiani stepped down following last season. They also lose PACWEST Player of the Year Carmelle M’Bikata and the PACWEST’s all-time assist leader Ashley dela Cruz Yip.
The Blues search for a new head coach didn’t have to go far as long-time assistant Chris Weimer takes the helm making the transition an easy one. Weimer was an assistant under Sadaghiani for six seasons and becomes the eighth Blues head coach in school history.
Looking at the upcoming season the Blues will be on the younger side and Weimer says, “I expect us to endure some growing pains in the early part of the season, but expecting things to come together in the New Year and playing our best basketball come February. Our main goal is to get better with each game we play.”
Full Court Press: Capilano Blues 2017-2018
Record: 13-5 (finished 2nd in the PACWEST)
Points For: 1306 (72.6 points a game)
Points Allowed: 1096 (60.9 points a game)
Head Coach – Chris Weimer (1st season)
2017-2018 Result – Finished second in the regular season at 13-5, then won the PACWEST gold for the first time since 2011
2018-2019 Impact Player – First year player Alessia Brutto who comes to Capilano University from Lupebasket, Italy.
Biggest Loss – PACWEST Player of the Year and CCAA All-Canadian Carmelle M’Bikata who tallied 13.8 points a game and nine rebounds last year.
Team Strength – The Blues back court returns Reiko Ohama and Sherrie Errico who will bring a calming influence to the younger players and their energy and enthusiasm.
Friday night the Blues visit the CBC Bearcats in Abbotsford to tip-off the new season at 6:00pm.