After a low-scoring affair on Friday night, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball found their offensive stride on Saturday and finished strong in a 92-88 win over the Douglas College Royals at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver. With the win, Capilano finishes the regular season at 9-9 and in fifth in the PACWEST.
CapU started strong on both ends of the floor, with Brenden Bailey scoring the team’s first 12 points and helping the Blues open up an early 10-point lead. Capilano’s second unit then came off the bench and provided high energy with their full-court press, and the home side led 24-11 after the first quarter – their largest lead of the game.
Douglas clawed back in the second and cut the lead down to one with three-pointers on three consecutive possessions, but Capilano had an answer to remain in front and take a 47-36 lead into halftime. The Blues shot 48.6 percent in the half, and held Douglas to a mark of 33.3 while forcing them into 11 turnovers.
The Royals continued to improve their offence in the third, scoring 28 points in the frame to cut their deficit down to four. The score was eventually evened up at 73, and then tied twice more, but the Blues found ways to answer and never trailed the rest of the way. Ahead 80-79, Wowie Untalan hit a three which sparked an 8-1 run, to which Douglas responded with a six-straight points to bring it back to a two-point game.
The two teams traded buckets to make it 90-88, and Capilano had a chance to ice the game on their possession with 26 seconds to go. Douglas nearly recorded a steal on several occasions, but the Blues managed to keep possession and find CJ Campbell under the hoop, who sank a lay-up right before the shot clock expired – making it a four-point game and securing the win.
Capilano’s shooting percentages of 44.4 from the floor at 37.1 from beyond the arc, along with forcing 23 turnovers, helped them overcome being outrebounded 59-37 in the game. The Blues also took care of the basketball, committing only 10 turnovers compared to 16 assists.
Four Blues reached double-figured in scoring, with Bailey tallying a season-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Untalan and Hassan Phills each had 16 points, with Phills also tallying five steals.
With the win, Capilano takes the season series against Douglas 2-1, and finishes the regular season in fifth place at 9-9. They’ll face the 9-9 fourth-place Camosun College Chargers in the quarterfinals of the PACWEST Championships on Thursday, March 1 at Vancouver Island University, with game-time still to be decided. Camosun took the season series 2-1 over Capilano, though the Blues won their most recent matchup 75-71.
All games at the Championships can be viewed online at pacwestbc.tv.