Blues head into provincials as #3 seed

Blues head into provincials as #3 seed

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photos Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures

After suffering a couple of close defeats this past weekend, the Capilano University men’s basketball team will head into the PACWEST provincials as the #3 seed thanks to their 10-8 regular season record.

On Friday evening at Langara College, the Blues had five players in double-figures and held a high-powered Falcons offence to just 79 points, but Cap fell just short, 79-71. The Blues shot 40.5% in the contest, but just 22.7% from long-range, and they committed 25 turnovers.

Forwards Greet Gill and Niko Mottus led the effort on both ends of the floor, with both recording double-doubles; Gill had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Mottus came off the bench to post 12 and 11. EJ Mabone also had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

On the following night in Squamish against Quest University, the Blues and Kermodes exchanged eight leads and were tied at seven different moments, but Quest pulled away late and came away with a 93-90 win. The loss was the fifth in a row for CapU, and they ended the regular season at 10-8.

Capilano outscored Quest 62-51 in the second half, but were ultimately hurt by a second quarter where they only scored 10 and allowed 26. The Blues shot 61.5% from the floor and 47.1% from beyond the arc in the second half, but just 26.8% and 12.5% in the opening two quarters; Quest shot 41.2% from the field overall in the contest.

Gill, Chris Loreth, and Mo Karimirad all had 16 points in the game to lead the Blues, with Karimirad coming off the bench and hitting four 3-pointers. Wowie Untalan added 15 points, while Gill led the team in rebounds with eight and assists with four.

The strong all-around weekend from Gill cemented his spot near the top of the PACWEST leaderboard in all major categories. The third-year from Osoyoos had the fourth-best points per game average in the league at 17.33, finished second in rebounds with 9.89 per game, and averaged 3.00 assists per contest, the fourth-best total.

Wowie Untalan finished just ahead of Gill in assists, averaging 3.13 helpers per game as part of a strong rookie campaign at the point guard position.

The Blues receive a week off to rest up and regroup before Provincials get underway at Quest University on Thursday, March 2. As the #3 seed, Cap will face the #6 Camosun College Chargers on March 2 at 3:00pm. The Blues took the season series 2-1 against the Chargers, though Camosun took the last meeting 87-60.