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Blues take two in Squamish

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

With two strong all-around efforts, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball got back to their winning ways with a pair of victories over the Quest University Kermodes in Squamish this past weekend.

The Blues eclipsed 100 points for the third time this season on Friday, scoring no fewer than 22 points in any quarter and adding 37 in the final frame in a 115-63 win. Capilano shot 50.0% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc, with all 11 players scoring at least two points and five reaching double-figures.

Denver Sparks-Guest led the way with a season-high 32 points and nine rebounds in just 17 minutes of play, while Brenden Bailey had 17 points off the bench. CJ Campbell added 16 in 12 minutes, Nathan Bromige posted 15, and Michael Kelly was 3-for-3 from three-point land en route to 11 points.

Capilano was also solid on the defensive end, allowing a season-low 63 points. They held the Kermodes to just 30.6% shooting, and forced 21 turnovers.

Quest responded in Saturday’s contest and got out to an early advantage, leading 22-16 after the first quarter. But the Blues found their offensive stride in the second, outscoring the Kermodes 26-16 in the period to take a two-point lead into halftime. They pushed that lead up to nine after the third, and added 24 more points in the final frame to close out an 85-68 win.

Playing without an injured Sparks-Guest, the Blues used a balanced scoring effort with five players in double figures. Wowie Untalan led the way with 13 points, and Niko Mottus tallied 12 points and 10 boards for his first double-double of the season. Hakeem Crooks missed just one shot en route to 12 points, while Hassan Phills also had 12 and Grady Huskisson had 11.

CapU dished out 20 assists in the game compared to 10 turnovers, as each player recorded at least one helper. The Blues also recorded 16 steals, with Mottus tallying five.

The two wins put Capilano back into third place in the PACWEST – tied with Langara at 7-5. Second and fifth place in the conference are separated by just four points – with the teams in fourth and fifth having played two fewer games – making next weekend’s series against 6-4 Camosun all the more crucial. The Chargers beat the Blues 76-62 in their previous match-up back in November.

The two-game set starts Friday, January 26 in the Sportsplex. Tip-off on Friday is at 8:00pm, and Saturday’s game goes at 3:00pm.