CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
The Capilano University Blues and the Langara College Falcons battled through six lead changes on Saturday night in North Vancouver, but a fourth-quarter push from the Falcons led the visitors to a 99-84 victory over the Blues.
Capilano roared out of the gate in the contest, as after going down 5-0 they responded with a 15-0 run powered by their fast break and ability to finish at the rim. The up-tempo pace continued throughout the rest of the frame, and the Blues led 26-19 after the first quarter.
The Falcons chipped away in the second frame, yet Capilano’s offence continued to attack Langara’s zone defense and took a 44-41 lead into halftime.
CapU’s three-point shooting helped them maintain a slight advantage in the second half, but Langara’s 9-2 run midway through the frame gave them their first lead of the game. The Falcons led by five heading into the fourth quarter, but Michael Kelly hit a three on Capilano’s first possession of the frame, and Wowie Untalan hit back-to-back triples of his own to put the Blues back in front.
It proved to be Capilano’s last lead of the game, as Langara ramped up their offence to the tune of 32 points in the final quarter. The Blues couldn’t respond to the Falcons’ three-point shooting, and what was a close game until the final minutes became in a 15-point win for Langara in the end.
Denver Sparks-Guest and Hassan Phills both recorded double-doubles for CapU on the night, with Sparks-Guest recording 21 points and 12 rebounds while Phills had 18 and 12.
Langara shot 41.9% overall in the contest, while Capilano converted at a 34.4% rate.
CapU falls to 1-1 after one weekend of PACWEST play, while Langara also evens their record at 1-1. The Blues are on the road next weekend and hit the island to take on Camosun College on Friday, November 17, and Vancouver Island University on Saturday the 18th. They won’t be back home until the new year, when they host VIU on January 12 and 13, 2018.