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Blues Unable to Solve VIU

Blues Unable to Solve VIU

Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer

Nathan Bromige picked up his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Capilano Blues men's basketball team but it was the visiting Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners that scored an 82-64 Sunday afternoon win to complete a weekend sweep.

CapU started well, shooting almost 54 per cent from the field in the first quarter while holding VIU to just 33 per cent but a decisive second quarter for the Mariners where each of their starters hit the scoresheet had them ahead 36-28 at halftime. It was more of the same in the third quarter with VIU expanding its lead to to 15.

The Mariners were led by Landon Radliff, Tyus Barfoot and Cameron Gay on Sunday with all three scoring points in each quarter and winding up with 21, 15 and 23 points respectively.

The Blues got double-digit scoring from Bromige, Dawit Nuguse, Martin Bogajev and newcomer Marko Cosic, a Serbian international who transferred for the second semester but turnovers proved costly for the Blues Sunday. They committed 25 of them to just 10 for the Mariners and the visitors made the most of the opportunities. CapU held the edge in shooting percentage and rebounds but it wasn't enough to make up for the lack of care with the ball.

On Saturday, the Blues led Mariners for almost the entire game but after a see-saw fourth quarter, it was the visitors that prevailed with an 82-80 win.

CJ Campbell scored 12 of his team-high 22 points in the first quarter, pacing the Blues to a nine-point lead after the first quarter. 

The Mariners chewed into the Capilano lead in the second quarter, as Brett Christiansen came off the bench to score nine points and created chaos for the Blues with three steals in the quarter.

Capilano went into halftime with a 40-39 edge and increased that in the third quarter as they got three-pointers from Campbell, Sam Bailey and Bogajev. 

VIU's Tori Odom got to work early in the fourth quarte with a couple of layups in the first minute to even the score at 63. The Mariners went ahead for the first time since the first quarter when Cameron Gay sank a pair of free throws.

Bromige put the Blues back in front by one, 75-74, with his second bucket of the frame but again the Mariners had a reply with layups by Gay and Barfoot. 

Blues head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer used two timeouts in the final two minutes coming out of the second of those, Capilano got a layup from Bogajev to get within one but that's as close as it got. The Blues were forced to foul and Christiansen made both his free throws to seal the win for VIU.

Next up on the PACWEST schedule for the Blues is a pair of home games against the Camosun College Chargers. Tip off is 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.