Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
Despite outscoring the Douglas College Royals in the third and fourth quarters, the Capilano Blues men's basketball team couldn't overcome surrendering 30 points in the first quarter as they dropped an 86-71 decision on the road Saturday.
The Royals drained four three-pointers in the opening quarter including a pair by Dylan Kinley. CapU couldn't respond with a basket of their own from downtown and wound up just 3-for-20 from beyond the arc on the night while Douglas was 14-for-26.
CJ Campbell led the Blues with 22 points on 8-for-23 shooting. He had 16 in the second half. Sam Bailey posted 10 points and seven rebounds to conclude a nice debut weekend that saw him record 23 points and 17 rebounds overall. Dawit Nuguse was the other Blues player in double figures as he had 12 points and added four rebounds.
On Friday, Capilano was incorporating three new players into the lineup in import Marko Cosic, a Serbian international, as well as Bailey who transferred from SFU and veteran PACWEST guard Martin Bogajev in his second stint with the Blues.
The new-look Blues lineup showed well in the first half, shooting 48 per cent to Douglas' 37 per cent. Nuguse knocked down a trio of mid-range jumpers early in the second quarter but a couple of quick fouls forced him to the bench. Still, the Blues outscored the visitors 24-16 in the second to take a four-point lead to the locker room.
Douglas exploded out of the gates in the second half though, going ahead on a Courtney Anderson three. They'd also get a pair of threes from Josiah Mastandrea and enjoyed an 11-point lead going to the fourth.
The Blues chewed into the lead in the fourth as Bogajev got 12 of his team-high 20 points while Bailey made some noise with a two-handed dunk midway through the fourth. Douglas was able to keep the Blues at arm's length however as they improved their record to 10-1 on the season.
CapU has a week of practice to continue integrating the new faces as they prepare for a visit from the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners. VIU carries an 8-2 record and sits secon in the PACWEST standings. Game times are 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. on the Sunday.