Balanced effort leads to convincing win

Second-year guard Kiante Knight rises for a shot in Capilano's 103-79 win over Camosun.
Second-year guard Kiante Knight rises for a shot in Capilano's 103-79 win over Camosun.

CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director

Led by 14 three-pointers and five players scoring in double-figures, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball took down the Camosun College Chargers 103-79 on Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver to improve to 4-0 on the season.

The Blues scored from all over in the first quarter, racking up 34 points in the frame on 70.6% shooting. The exclamation point came right at the buzzer when Michael Kelly hit a deep three with a hand in his face, giving CapU a 34-17 lead after one. 

The offence went dry at the start of the second quarter, as the Blues didn’t score their first points until four and a half minutes into the frame. Camosun took advantage, chipping away at the deficit to make it a three-point game, but the Blues eventually had an answer — responding to take a 14-point lead into halftime. 

The second half saw CapU re-establish their up-tempo offence, which allowed them to build their lead up 25 and hold off a couple brief runs by Camosun. Kelly hit another three at the third quarter buzzer to make it a 19-point lead, and hit three more in the first two minutes of the fourth to help put the game out of reach. With all 11 players scoring a hoop in the contest, CapU eclipsed the century mark for the third time this season and secured the 24-point win.

Second-year guard CJ Campbell led all scorers with 19 points in the contest, and added seven rebounds and five assists as part of another well-rounded effort. Denver Sparks-Guest nearly missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, and Brenden Bailey scored 14 and had four helpers. 

The Blues dished out 19 assists in the contest compared to just 10 turnovers, while on the flip side they forced the Chargers into 17 turnovers. Camosun also shot just 3-of-19 (15.8%) from three in the game, compared to Capilano's mark of 14-for-38 (36.8%). 

Capilano remains in first place in the PACWEST through two weeks of play, and will have another tough test next weekend when they face the defending PACWEST champs Douglas College and the new addition to the league, Okanagan College. The Blues will then be back at home in the new year, hosting Douglas on January 4 and 5.