Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Martin Bogajev led the Capilano Blues men's basketball team in points, rebounds and assists to lift them to a 77-72 home win Saturday afternoon over the Camosun College Chargers.
Less than 24 hours after missing a three-point attempt at the buzzer, the fourth-year guard had one of the best games of his college career with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to get the Blues a much-needed win.
After a quiet first half, the Burnaby native dropped 14 in the third quarter and eight more in the fourth to lead the Blues in a massive comeback win.
The Blues began slowly on Saturday, shooting just 3-of-14 in the first quarter and scoring just 11 points. They warmed up in the second but were still outscored by the Chargers and faced a 42-30 deficit going to the second half.
Bogajev had just three points at the half but went 5-of-6 in the third quarter including three from beyond the three-point arc. The fourth quarter was extremely impressive for the Blues as they had just eight players dressed yet outscored the Chargers 21-9 in the final quarter of the weekend, capped by a three in the final possession from Nathan Bromige to beat the shot clock buzzer. It was one of four threes on the night for Bromige.
On Friday, a spotty record from the charity stripe cost the Blues in a narrow loss, this time by a 73-70 score to Camosun.
The Blues were just 7-of-15 from the line for 46.7 percent compared to Camosun's 14-of-21. The Blues played well elsewhere, outrebounding the Chargers 54 to 43 and shooting a better percentage from the field.
Trailing 38-28 at the half, the Blues put together an excellent second half and ate into the Chargers lead. The third quarter was one of the best of the season for the home side as they shot 62.5 percent to just 22.7 for Camosun. Cap also got two blocks apiece from Sam Bailey and Marko Cosic who also added six of his season-high 16 points in the frame.
The outcome came down to the final few possessions and Capilano was forced to foul late to regain possession. But Camosun was good from the line and maintained a slim lead in the waning moments. The Blues seemed to catch a break when the Chargers botched an in-bounds play with seven seconds left. Bogajev brought the ball up late for a chance to force overtime but his high, arcing shot failed to find the bottom of the net and the Chargers escaped with a three-point win.
The Blues have a bye this weekend and then have a Friday-Saturday road trip to Okanagan College and Columbia Bible College on Feb. 14 and 15.