Balanced effort leads CapU to win in opener

Capilano's Denver Sparks-Guest. Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University
Capilano's Denver Sparks-Guest. Photo Tae Hoon Kim, Capilano University

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

Eleven different players scored for the Capilano University men’s basketball team on Friday night, as their balanced team effort led the Blues to an 88-63 win at home over the Quest University Kermodes in their PACWEST season opener.

CapU got out to a quick start on both ends of the floor, with fourth-year transfer forward Denver Sparks-Guest setting the tone early by attacking the rim and helping the Blues build up a 25-15 lead after the first quarter. The Capilano offence hit a bit of a lull in the second, but their defense stayed strong – limiting the Kermodes to 21.6% shooting in the first half – and they remained ahead by 10 going into halftime.

Quest had opportunities to strike in the third quarter and cut their deficit to single digits, but back-to-back threes from Sparks-Guest helped restore a 15-point lead. The Blues remained active on defense throughout the frame, forcing turnovers and turning them into fast-break points; CapU had 17 points off turnovers in the game, compared to just two for Quest.

Capilano’s deep bench proved too much for the Kermodes in the fourth quarter, as the Blues put up 25 points in the frame – with Brenden Bailey tallying 11. The home side used an 18-3 run to push their lead to over 20, then closed out the 88-63 victory to start their regular season with a win. Head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer praised his team’s all-around performance in the team’s opener, and highlighted their ability to keep pushing in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

Sparks-Guest led the Blues with a double-double, posting 24 points and 15 rebounds. Fourth-year guard Hassan Phills added 12 points and 9 boards, while Nathan Bromige had 10 and 8 in his PACWEST debut.

Capilano forced 14 total turnovers in the contest, and overall held the Kermodes to 25.4% shooting from the floor.

The Blues are back in action Saturday night when they host the Langara College Falcons, who are coming off a 97-89 loss at the hands of Douglas College. Tip-off is at 7:00pm at the Sportsplex in North Vancouver.