After building up a double-digit lead in the second half, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball held on for an 85-84 victory over the Douglas College Royals on Monday night in New Westminster.
Both teams got off to quick starts on offence, as Capilano led 26-23 after the first quarter of play. The Blues continued their up-tempo play in the second frame, using their fast break and three-point shooting to help take a 44-40 lead into halftime.
Balanced play from up and down CapU’s lineup pushed their lead to double-digits in the second half. Eight players saw at least 17 minutes of the floor, which helped the team maintain their pace and create open shots. The Blues shot 37.9% from beyond the arc in the contest, with CJ Campbell, Denver Sparks-Guest, and Wowie Untalan all draining three 3’s on 50 percent shooting or better.
Douglas made a late push in the fourth quarter with long-range shooting of their own, and made it a one-point game with under 30 seconds left. Capilano failed to convert on their last possession with under 10 seconds left, but the Royals couldn’t secure the ensuing rebound and the final seconds ticked off the clock to give CapU the one-point victory.
Five Blues reached double-figures, with Sparks-Guest leading the way with 16 and Campbell tallying 15 on 66.7% shooting. Niko Mottus and Milidrag Stupar also had well-round games, as Mottus had six points, six rebounds, and six assists, and Stupar recorded 10 points, six boards, two steals, and two blocks.
With the win over the #7 ranked team in the CCAA, CapU moves to 2-3 on the season. The Blues are back in action on Tuesday night to close out the 2017 portion of the regular season with a match-up against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in Abbotsford. Tip-off is at 7:00pm.