Blues drop two on the Island

CapU fourth-year forward Niko Mottus. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
CapU fourth-year forward Niko Mottus. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

The Capilano University Blues men’s basketball team suffered a pair of losses on their trip to Nanaimo this past weekend, dropping two games to the CCAA #5 Vancouver Island University Mariners. Through the midway point of the regular season, the Blues are now 6-4 and in third place in the PACWEST.

Having previously defeated the Mariners on home court back in November, the CCAA #13 ranked Blues couldn’t find the same winning formula on the road. Trailing by seven heading into the fourth quarter of Friday’s contest, the Mariners erupted for 39 points in the final frame to come away with a 113-87 victory to even the season series at one win apiece.

Fourth-year guard Brenden Bailey had a team-high 26 points in the contest and was one of four CapU players to score in double-figures. Coming off the bench, Michael Kelly had 16 points, four assists, and two steals, and Niko Mottus added 10 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals.

The Mariners took control from the get-go in Saturday’s rematch, as CapU trailed 32-14 after the first quarter and couldn’t claw their way back in a 115-88 defeat. VIU shot 51.8% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the contest, and dished out 33 assists compared to 12 turnovers.

Denver Sparks-Guest had a double-double in the contest with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Kelly again hit four three-pointers off the bench as part of his 15 points. Kelly, Mottus, and Chris Schneller also each had six assists in the game.

The Blues now head into a bye week and will be back in action on January 25 and 26 when they host the Langara College Falcons for a two-game set. The host of this year’s CCAA National Championship, Langara is 5-5 and on Capilano’s tail in the PACWEST standings; the Blues won their only prior meeting this season 108-90.