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Blues outlast Royals in overtime battle

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

In a game that featured nine lead changes and 11 ties, the CapU men’s basketball team outlasted the Douglas College Royals 101-91 in an overtime battle on Friday night in North Vancouver.

Fifth-year Denver Sparks-Guest powered the Blues with 49 points and 14 rebounds, and it was his three-pointer with five seconds left that tied the game at 86 and forced the extra frame. He went 7-of-10 from beyond the arc and 10-of-13 from the free throw line on the night, and over the past two games he now has a combined 102 points (he poured in 53 on November 17 against Okanagan College).

Trailing by seven points with five minutes to play and with Douglas poised to close out the game, the Blues’ veterans stepped up down the stretch. Sparks-Guest had 22 points across the fourth quarter and overtime, and fourth-year guard Brenden Bailey – who played the entire contest – recorded seven of his 16 points and three of his eight assists in the evening. Nathan Bromige also was huge on the defensive end, recording four key blocks.

The game was tied at 42 at halftime, and Douglas started to pull away in the third to lead by five heading into the fourth. Capilano hung around to remain within striking distance, and took advantage of a Douglas turnover with 15 seconds to play when Sparks-Guest hit the game-tying three. The Blues took control of the game in overtime, scoring the first seven points of the frame and outscoring the Royals 15-5 to secure the victory.

The win improves CapU to 6-1 on the season and keeps them in first place in the PACWEST. The season series between the Blues and Royals is also now tied at 1-1, with the third and final match going Saturday evening at 7:00pm at the Centre for Sport and Wellness in North Vancouver.