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Island rivals battle it out on Valentine's Day

February 12, 2015

It was a weekend of mixed results for Chargers basketball as the squads hosted Langara and Douglas on February 6-7. While the women split their games to move to 7-9 (5th place), the men suffered two devastating losses and slip to 6-10 (5th). With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Chargers are focused on staying above the red line and qualifying for a berth to the PACWEST Playoffs. This weekend, Camosun battles the boards in Nanaimo in the final of three matchups with VIU. Having fallen in their previous two Island rivalry meetings, the Chargers will be showing no love to their opponents as they go to battle on Valentine’s Day.

Kevin TranschelThe weekend produced a much needed win for the women who collected a solid 67-45 victory over the Langara Falcons. It was a reversal of fortune the following day as the Chargers were handed a huge loss by the Douglas Royals falling 61-38.

“Against Langara, we were able to execute our game plan and with player movement, we saw excellent scoring opportunities that we were able to capitalize on,” says Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “Saturday against Douglas, in the first half we again capitalized on our opportunities. In the second half we stopped executing our game plan. Player movement stopped and we were exploited by a determined Douglas team.”

Despite strong starts in both games, the Chargers men could not pull off either win, falling 76-57 to Langara and collecting a heart-breaking 84-74 loss in overtime against Douglas.

“The weekend was very disappointing,” says Chargers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “We knew both Langara and Douglas were going to give us very tough games as they are both talented, well coached teams. We put ourselves in the same bad situations at different times in both games. We let both teams start each quarter on a run and in rhythm. There were instances in both games in which we just simply stopped playing and against good teams, they will put the game away at those crucial times. Against Langara, it was in the 3rd quarter and against Douglas, it was in overtime. A very frustrating weekend as we do just enough to be there and won't dig deeper at the crucial times which has been an issue all season long. This team must find a way to execute at the most crucial parts of the game and simply put, we've been playing uninspired basketball. I question where our heart is when the game is on the line, it's up to these guys to show it.”

This weekend, the Chargers head to Nanaimo to take on the #1 (men) and #2 (women) VIU Mariners.

In their first meeting, the Chargers women came close but could not close out the win, falling to VIU by just four points (53-49) in the season opener. VIU took note and crushed Camosun 68-48 in the second semester opener.

“This weekend against VIU we will need to be completely committed to our game plan,” states Coach Carl Macdonald. “When we execute as we can the game will be very competitive. Three areas we are focusing on are reducing turnovers good shot selection and rebounding. When we control these factors we are a very competitive team.”

The Chargers men took a beating in their first encounter with VIU collecting an  84-61 defeat to open the season. In their second match-up, Camosun put forth a gigantic effort against VIU, keeping pace with the Nation’s No. 1 team right into the final minutes of the final quarter where they fell 79-71.

“This Saturday’s game against VIU will be the toughest game of the year,” comments Coach Cuachon. “You can't say enough about how good these guys are. They've consistently been the top team in the league all year, they cause matchup problems in many positions and they are extremely active in the full court both offensively and defensively. We've shown we can play with them, but we will see if we are willing to do more than just enough.”

Catch the Chargers and Mariners in this Saturday’s Valentine’s Day tip-off. Women 6pm; Men 8pm. Watch the LIVE ACTION http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/index.php/viu-mariners

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

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