CapU storms back to down Camosun

Photo CJ Pentland / CapU Athletics & Recreation
Photo CJ Pentland / CapU Athletics & Recreation

The Capilano University Blues men’s basketball trailed by as much as 24 in Saturday’s contest against the Camosun College Chargers, but a solid second half team effort brought CapU all the way back and earned them a 75-71 victory on home court.

The Blues struggled on offense in the first quarter for the second-straight night, as Camosun again set the tone and built up a 24-13 lead after one period of play. Capilano then only had two points to their name for the majority of the second quarter, as the Chargers built up a 24-point lead. The Blues hit a couple shots near the end of the frame, but still trailed by 17 heading into halftime.

Capilano stormed out of the break with a 12-0 run, and held the Chargers scoreless for the first five minutes of the third quarter. The push was part of an overall 22-2 run that cut their deficit down to two, as CapU ramped up their full-court defensive pressure and attacked the rim with more confidence. Yet Camosun held firm, as they found answers on the offensive end to maintain their lead heading into the final frame.

The Blues continued with their tenacious defensive pressure in the fourth, and made it a one-point game at 56-55. Yet again Camosun had a response, as they went on a run of their own to bring their lead to 11 with under four minutes to play.

Capilano didn’t let up, and after getting some defensive stops they started to again hit their shots. After a couple lay-ups in transition, Niko Mottus and Hassan Phills hit three-pointers to bring Capilano back to within one and force a Camosun timeout with under two minutes to go.

The Blues recorded another defensive stop, and a Brenden Bailey lay-up then gave CapU their first lead since early in the first quarter. Another tough defensive effort followed, and Nathan Bromige then hit a three from the top of the arc to put the home side up by four with 53 seconds left.

Camosun called a timeout, and was able to bring it back to a one-possession game, but a Bromige hoop plus the harm with 14 seconds left helped ice the 75-71 win.

Bromige had a 17 points in the contest on 60% shooting from the floor, while Denver Sparks-Guest led all scorers with 18 to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Phills and Mottus both reached double-figures as well, scoring 12 and 11, respectively.

Capilano forced 21 turnovers in the contest, while committing only 11 themselves. Eight different Blues players recorded a steal, with Phills leading the way with four.

The win improves CapU to 8-6 on the season, and for the time being moves them up into second place in a tightly-contest PACWEST conference. The Blues now head into a bye week, and then will have four more games left to close out the regular season. Capilano will face Langara in Vancouver on February 9 and 10, and then will close out their home schedule with a two-game series against Douglas College on February 16 and 17.