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Camosun BB squads split home opener weekend

November 19, 2014

It was a bitter sweet weekend for the Camosun Chargers basketball teams who split their home openers against the CapU blues and Quest Kermodes , November 14 & 15th. Both sets of games attracted big crowds to the Chargers’ home court at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence with fan support reaching a maximum to accompany the fast-running hoops action.

Ali Cooper PassingFor the women, newly appointed Head Coach Carl Macdonald picked up his first home win with the Chargers program with a 75-70 victory over the Blues on Friday. First-year post Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) led the Chargers to the win, racking up an impressive 25 points and 11 rebounds. Fourth-year guard Ella Goldschmid (Mt. Doug) also had a great night putting up 15 points.

The following day, the Chargers came out strong in the first half taking a two-point lead over the defending PACWEST Champion Quest Kermodes, 38-36. Quest made a big turn-around late in the third quarter, pulling ahead to a 70-60 win at the buzzer. Fourth-year guard Ella Goldschmid (Mt. Doug) led the cause for Camosun with 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. First-year guard Haley Cabral (Claremont) was close behind with 11 points, 3 rebounds and two assists.

Coach Macdonald was also impressed with performances shown by second-year returnees Emma Cunningham (wing, Spectrum) and Kelly Young (post, Oak Bay) who both continue to be solid in rebounding and hitting the right shots at the right time.

“This week-end featured two successful games for the team,” states Coach Macdonald. “We controlled the pace and play in Friday night’s home opener against Capilano and the next afternoon, we controlled the tempo for most of the game against Quest showing our ability to compete with the strongest teams in the league.”
The Chargers men, who were looking for their first win of the season, made a monstrous 92-62 victory over the Blues on Friday night. Second-year guard Andrew Larson (Cowichan) was the lead man for the Chargers men posting 17 points plus one rebound. Third-year forward James Giuffre (Esquimalt) also had a big night with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

Despite taking their opponents down by 30 points the previous night, it was a completely different day for the Chargers men who suffered a disappointing 84-67 loss in Saturday’s contest at the hands of the Kermodes who led the home team through all four quarters. Third-year guard Evan Woodson (Oak Bay) was the lead man for Camosun posting 21 points and 3 rebounds.

“We didn't finish what we set out to do which was win two games at home,” comments Chargers Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “Quest came in and we allowed them to control the game. Quinn Yates & Andrew Larson really stood out on Friday against CAP just playing smart, tough basketball and Mat Uduboker and Hassan Phills were good for us on Saturday especially with our starting point guard going down early in the game. I have to say, I am very thankful for the crowd that supported us on the weekend.  Great energy, lively crowd, we couldn't have asked for more!”

With only one more week of PACWEST hoops competition to end the first half of the season, the Chargers will be looking at this weekend’s road games against the Kwantlen Eagles and the Columbia Bible College Bearcats with great importance.

“Kwantlen and CBC are both playing quite well, we will have to stay focused on each game,” says Coach Macdonald. “Each of them presents different challenges that will require a complete team effort to achieve the results we are looking for. With these being our final two games before the New Year, it is imperative that we play at the levels we did this past weekend at home.”

“Simply, we need to win two this weekend,” comments Coach Cuachon. “Kwantlen and CBC are two good teams that can run away with games if they are given the opportunity. We need to get these two wins going into the break. They are the most important games of the season as far as I'm concerned.”

The Chargers women are 4th in league standings with a record of 2-3. The men are 1-4 and sit in seventh.

Watch all games LIVE on SportsCanadaTV

Friday, Nov. 21                    Camosun at Kwantlen                       Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 22               Camosun at CBC                                Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Find official results, standings, individual leaders and more on the PACWEST website.

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