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Blues battle back to down CBC

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures

CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director

Down by five at the half, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball used a 27-point third quarter to power their way to a come-from-behind 91-82 victory over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats on Friday night in North Vancouver.

CBC pressured CapU from the get-go, as they disrupted the Blues' rhythm on both sides of the ball and led by as much as seven in the first half. The Blues settled down out of the break, though, as they broke open a 54-54 tie with a 9-0 run that created a healthy lead that they didn’t relinquish.  

“They’re a really good team. Their record doesn’t reflect how much progress Rod has made,” said head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer, speaking about CBC first-year head coach Rod Adrian. “[Trent] Baker and [Gabe] Mannes are an absolute load who are hard to deal with, and you really have to guard them with multiple people. All week we talked about it ... but when you get in the game it’s much more clear what direct lines those guys take, and it took a whole half to adjust to it. And I thought in the second half we did a better job of covering with five people on the floor and we were just better.”

Baker, Mannes, and Ykealo Araia, who are all in the league’s top ten for scoring, combined to score 66 of CBC's points on the night, but CapU did well to limit their supporting cast. The Blues forced the Bearcats into 19 turnovers on the night – which helped them overcome 20 of their own – and their bench outscored CBC’s 35-11.

Second-year forward Nathan Bromige came off the bench to post a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards to go along with three blocks, and CJ Campbell also added 16 points off the bench. Fourth-year guard Brenden Bailey had a team-high 20 points, also adding five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

The win improves CapU to 10-5 on the season and moves them into a tie for second place in the PACWEST with Douglas College. The Blues and Bearcats will rematch tomorrow night in Abbotsford, and then will be back at home on February 15 and 16 to host Okanagan College in their final two games of the regular season.

“We have to have a better start tomorrow,” said Kannemeyer. “We have to understand that we can’t go on the road and play that kind of game and win. They have to be desperate, so I assume that their chances are starting to dwindle and they're going to have a great game tomorrow, and we have to be flat-out better.”