CJ Pentland, CapU Sport Information Director
Powered by 64 second half points, the Capilano University Blues men’s basketball team once again used a strong second half push to deliver a 100-94 come-from-behind victory over the Langara College Falcons on Saturday night in North Vancouver.
Down by seven points at halftime, the Blues exploded with an 11-3 run out of the break that quickly put them back in front. The two team then proceeded to trade buckets and leads until a run of three-pointers helped CapU build an 11-point lead near the end of the third. The home side hit six threes in the frame, with Brenden Bailey going 3-for-3.
“[At halftime] some of the guys had talked about key issues before I even got in there,” said head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer. “The guys addressed that we were taking good shots in the first half and we were executing, but that shots just weren’t falling. So I encouraged them and they encouraged themselves to just keep taking those shots, and we had a huge third quarter because those guys believed that those were good shots, which was pivotal.”
Langara’s high-tempo offence pushed the Blues all throughout the fourth quarter, totaling 30 points in the final frame and trailing by two with seven minutes left, but CapU responded with a 17-6 run over the next four minutes that provided much-needed insurance down the stretch.
“Langara played an awesome game,” said Kannemeyer. “They had 94 points and down the stretch we couldn’t stop them, but luckily we had built that lead that they couldn’t come back from, and we played enough defence to squeeze out the win.”
Fifth-year forward Denver Sparks-Guest posted his fifth double-double of the season, totaling 27 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five assists. He now leads the PACWEST in both categories with averages of 25.3 and 9.4, respectively.
Brenden Bailey went 5-of-9 from beyond the arc and tied a season-high with 26 points, and Michael Kelly and CJ Campbell added 13 points apiece. CapU shot 39.3 percent from long distance in the contest, and held Langara to a mark of 23.8.
The victory improves the Blues to 8-4 on the season and keeps them in third place in the conference, four points back of Douglas College with two games in hand. The team hits the road next weekend to face the Camosun College Chargers in Victoria for a two-game series on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. The Blues won their prior meeting this season, a 103-79 decision back in November.