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Capilano opens 2018 with a sweep

Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University
Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s basketball team rolled to a pair of victories on the weekend, using a come-from-behind effort to down the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday night before coasting to a convincing victory over the Bearcats on Saturday.

Friday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair, with Capilano hanging on to a narrow 38-35 lead at halftime. CBC clawed back in the second half and led by as much as 10 the fourth quarter, but the Blues pulled together and went on a run down the stretch. The CapU defense forced some steals that led to transition baskets, while on the offensive end Brenden Bailey and Niko Mottus hit three-pointers and Denver Sparks-Guest converted lay-in plus the foul in the final minutes. The Blues ended up outscoring CBC 27-9 in the final frame, and came away with the 78-70 victory.

Sparks-Guest led all scorers with 25 points in the contest, and also tallied six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Mottus and Bailey both came off the bench to chip in 12 and 10 points, respectively, with Mottus shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and 2-for-2 from beyond the arc.

The Blues took care of business much quicker on Saturday night, as they scored 38 points in the first quarter en route to a 126-65 win. Seven Capilano players reached double figures on the night, with Nathan Bromige leading the way with 20 on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 mark from the free throw line. Sparks-Guest had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Hassan Phills added 18 points in 16 minutes of court time, and rookie Kiante Knight didn’t miss a shot on his way to tallying 13 points.

CapU shot a lights-out 58.4% from three-point land in the contest, while limiting CBC to a 17.6% mark. The Blues also recorded a 33-to-18 assist-to turnover ratio, and turned 19 Bearcat turnovers into 39 points. Mottus and CJ Campbell tied for the team-high in assists with six, while Bailey had three steals.

The wins extend Capilano’s win streak to four and move them into second place in the PACWEST at 5-3. The Blues will be back home this weekend to take on first place Vancouver Island University; tip-off is at 8:00pm on Friday, January 12 is at 8:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturday, January 13.