CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director / Photos Paul Yates, Vancouver Sports Pictures
As they’ve done all season, the Capilano Blues got out to an early lead and didn’t look back, keeping up the pressure for 40 minutes and delivering a 73-48 victory over the Langara Falcons at home on Friday evening.
With both teams employing a full-court press out of the gate, it was Langara who got out to an early lead thanks to a 7-0 run. But Capilano answered back and set the tone for the rest of the contest, scoring the next 17 points to lead 23-7 after one. It became a 17-point lead at halftime, largely thanks to Cap’s play on the defensive end. The Falcons shot just 24.3% in the opening half, also making just one of 12 three-point attempts.
Capilano kept the pressure up out of the break, stretching their lead to over 20 and keeping the game out of reach. In a chippy second half with many fouls, the Blues took advantage at the free throw line by making 25 from the charity stripe.
Guard Reiko Ohama made the most of her trips to the foul line, shooting 10-of-11. The second-year posted a season-high 25 points in the contest, also potting three pointers, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists.
"For a second year player, Reiko showed a tremendous amount of composure," said head coach Ramin Sadaghiani. "Langara was pressuring us hard all night and she handled it very well. I was also impressed with the fact that she can score in so many different ways, such as her hitting the three, driving to the basket or getting to the foul line."
Carmelle M’Bikata and Brittany Wertman also both hit double digits with 16 and 12 points, respectively, while Ashley De La Cruz Yip had five boards, four assists, and three steals.
Capilano remains perfect on the season with a 12-0 record that keeps them atop the PACWEST standings with six games left in the regular season. Their next contest comes back at home on Thursday, February 2 against Abbotsford’s Columbia Bible College. Tip-off goes at 6 p.m. at the Sportsplex.