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Capilano drops two on the island

Photo: Northfield Photography
Photo: Northfield Photography

The Capilano men’s basketball travelled to Vancouver Island for their second series of PACWEST play this past weekend, and fell in a pair of close match-ups.

In Friday’s contest against the Camosun College Chargers, the home side stormed out of the gate with a 14-0 run to start the game and a 23-9 lead after the first quarter. The Blues responded and cut the lead back to single digits by halftime, and in the fourth quarter they had made it a two-point game, as their defensive pressure created fast break points.

Yet with the score 54-52, Camosun answered with consecutive three-pointers to re-establish their comfortable lead. Capilano couldn’t find an answer down the stretch – they shot just 1-for-24 from beyond the arc in the contest – and the Chargers claimed a 76-62 win.

Capilano forced 28 turnovers in the game, but struggled to turn them into points. The Blues shot 32.5% from the field, while the Chargers shot 46.3% from the field and 40.9% from three-point land.

Fourth-years Denver Sparks-Guest and Hassan Phills recorded double-doubles in the contest, with Sparks-Guest tallying 17 points and 11 boards, while Phills had 13 and 12. Both also had four steals.

Shaquille Maharaj led Camosun with 28 points in the game, which included shooting 6-of-11 from beyond the arc.

CapU played in another tough match-up on Saturday afternoon against the three-time defending PACWEST champs Vancouver Island University, and fell in a tightly-contested 86-73 affair.

The Blues were again in an early hole after the first quarter, falling behind 22-13. Capilano chipped away throughout the rest of the contest, cutting VIU’s lead down to six midway through the fourth quarter and forcing a timeout, but the Mariners proved able to find an answer and maintain their lead.

Sparks-Guest had a season-high 31 points in the contest, while Phills added 14, six rebounds, and two steals. Niko Mottus dished out a team-high five assists, and Milidrag Stupar had 10 points, two blocks, and five boards.

CapU falls to 1-3 through two weeks of play, and will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Bellingham to play in the Chuck Randall Classic at Western Washington University. Their next PACWEST game is Monday, November 27 when the Blues travel to New Westminster to take on Douglas College, and the next home game is January 12 against VIU.