The CapU men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit against the Douglas College Royals on Saturday night in North Vancouver, falling 101-86 and settling for a weekend sweep.
On the heels of their overtime loss last night, the Royals hit the ground running in the first quarter and led 27-14 after one. The Blues answered with 28 points in the second frame, but the Royals countered with 26 of their own to lead by 11 at the half.
CapU hung around in the second half and remained within striking distance, but Douglas always had a response – thanks in part to a balanced effort that saw four players score in double-figures and nine record a field goal. The Blues looked to have momentum midway through the fourth quarter when their full-court press started to force turnovers, but the Royals held firm to secure the victory.
Over all, Douglas won the rebounding battle 37-22 and their bench outscored Capilano’s 43-6. The Blues were also hampered by an 8-for-22 mark from the free throw line.
Denver Sparks-Guest was again the leading scorer for CapU, tallying 31 points on 14-for-20 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. Three others scored in double-figures, with Chris Schneller scoring a season-high 15 points, Brenden Bailey recording 16, and Nathan Bromige chipping in 10.
The loss drops the Blues to 6-2 on the season, with both defeats coming against Douglas – who claims the season series 2-1. They fall to second place in the PACWEST behind 7-1 Vancouver Island University, who CapU will face next weekend in a two-game series in Nanaimo. In their only previous meeting this year, the Blues won 82-78 on home court.
The Blues are back at home on January 25 and 26 when they host the Langara College Falcons.