Jan 14, 2017
By CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Officer
In a back-and-forth affair between two fast-paced teams, it was the Capilano Blues (8-1) who came out on top over the Camosun Chargers (2-7) with a 91-79 victory – a margin of victory that didn’t truly reflect how close the game was throughout.
After the Blues stormed out of the gate and built up a 25-15 lead after the first quarter, the Chargers ramped up their offence in the second frame with 37 points to head into halftime with a 52-46 lead. Second-year guard Mo Karimirad powered Capilano’s fast start with four consecutive three-pointers, while Andrew Larson and Ted Neilson led Camosun’s comeback with 12 points apiece in the opening half.
The frantic pace continued in the third quarter, with the Blues clawing back with tenacious defence to momentarily regain the lead, but the Chargers continued to respond with a barrage of three-pointers that kept them in front after three quarters of play.
The start of the fourth saw the Blues ramp up even more pressure on defence, allowing just two points over the first five minutes of the frame and taking a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. With a balanced attack on both sides of the floor, Capilano outscored Camosun 25-6 in the final frame to give them the 12-point win.
“It’s another game where people step up at different times,” said Capilano head coach Cassady Kannemeyer. “Chris Loreth had a great fourth quarter, Hasan [Phills] played pretty consistently and created a little bit of havoc throughout the entire game, Mo [Karimirad] had a crazy first quarter where he hits four threes and gets us off to an amazing start, Malik comes in [as a rookie] and finishes the game, Greet [Gill] does what Greet does, getting double doubles. Niko [Mottus] is one of our closers, too.”
Gill led the Blues in scoring with 20 points on the night to go along with 14 rebounds – seven apiece on the offensive and defensive ends. Karimirad added 17 points, while Loreth and Mottus also reached double figures with 14 and 11, respectively. Capilano also added 25 team assists, with Wayne Untalan dishing out seven and Phills also contributing six.
For Camosun, Larson finished 6-of-8 from beyond the arc and totaled 23 points, while Neilson and Evan Woodson added 14 apiece.
Capilano takes on Vancouver Island University at home tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, while Camosun takes on Douglas College.