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Chargers hoop teams hungry for wins

February 4, 2015

The January 30-31st weekend produced mixed results for the Chargers basketball teams who faced off against the CBC Bearcats and Kwantlen Eagles on the Mainland. While the women suffered two tough losses, the men picked up two very welcome wins. Despite producing polar results, the teams sit in parallel positions in the PACWEST standings, both at #5 with a record of 6-8.

Hassan PhillsThe Chargers women could not catch a break this past weekend dropping Friday’s game against the 7th place Bearcats 79-76 in OT and falling the next day to the #6 Eagles, 58-53. Fourth-year guard Ella Goldschmid (Mt. Doug) led Camosun in scoring in both games with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists on Friday and 12 points and 4 rebounds on Saturday.

“Last weekend’s games were both winnable,” says Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “A tremendous come back to force overtime against CBC led by Kelly Young and Ella Goldschmid fell just short. Coming out the next day after such a disheartening loss and competing, showed that our team members believe in themselves. But we made a couple of mistakes and again found ourselves behind with the game on the line.” 

On the flip side, the Chargers men collected two important wins, along with PACWEST Athlete of the Week honours which were awarded to second-year guard Hassan Phills from Toronto. Hassan was instrumental in Camosun’s 99-83 take down of CBC and the squad’s 91-46 assault on KPU.

“It was a good weekend for us,” comments Chargers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “Though we had an extremely slow start on Friday, we managed to right the ship in the last five minutes of the first quarter and followed it up with better effort and execution throughout the rest of the game. Our bench scored 77 of our 99 points which is a stat that I have never seen before. Lachlan Ross, Hassan Phills and Kevin Transchel came off the bench and really put us in the driver’s seat. Lachlan hit eight 3-pointers to lead us with 24 points, Kevin had 22 points and 8 rebounds and Hassan contributed with 19 points and 4 rebounds. We shared the ball very well; our point guards Kaz Kobayashi and Mat Uduboker made play after play to get everyone good looks at the hoop. Kaz finished the game with six assists while Mat finished with eight.”

Coach Cuachon continues, “On Saturday, we played a complete game with everyone making contributions. We jumped out to a 26-7 lead in the 1st quarter and we never looked back. Hassan Phills led us with 18 points and 10 rebounds to go along with an incredible coast to coast dribbling showcase which culminated in a thunderous slam dunk in transition. We had five athletes finish in double figures and were able to give everyone solid minutes.”

This weekend, the Chargers basketball teams host PACWEST adversaries Langara and Douglas at PISE. While the women focus on making some modifications to their game, the men set their sights on maintaining their momentum for another successful set of games.

“We will make some adjustments and be prepared to compete aggressively on our home court,” asserts Coach Macdonald. “Langara has fought through multiple injuries and are stronger than their record indicates. We will need to focus and execute stronger to achieve the desired results. Douglas is solid in every aspect of the game. We know we have some match up advantages. When we exploit them, good things will happen. With four weeks remaining before play-offs, now is the time for us to pull ourselves together and show how in basketball as in life working together with a determined effort will lead us out of this funk. I expect two solid and exciting games this weekend.”

“It was a good team weekend as guys sacrificed to get each other shots and get each other playing time,” comments Coach Cuachon. “Hopefully we can carry this momentum into the coming weekend as we have two incredibly talented teams in Langara and Douglas coming to our home court. The team is hungry to give a solid performance and compete against both teams but in order to do so, we must take the next step in our improvement as neither team will give us any breathing room.”

Catch the Chargers in action at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence this weekend:

Fri, Feb. 6            Camosun hosts Langara Falcons                                Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Feb. 7           Camosun hosts Douglas Royals                  Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Watch the matches LIVE on SportsCanadaTV

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