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Chargers reach for rebound weekend

January 28, 2015

The Camosun Chargers basketball teams faced two tough days of competition on the January 23-24 weekend as they went up against the #1 Quest Kermodes and a determined Capilano Blues program. While the Chargers women fell in both their match-ups, the men were forced to settle for a split. Now with the past weekend’s setbacks behind them, the Chargers take time to reflect and regroup as they look ahead to Week 8 of competition and their next set of challenges which sit on the Mainland.

Mat UdubokerDespite strong starts in each of this weekend’s home games, the Chargers women could not maintain their momentum in the second half of play and their attempts to come back fizzled in both final frames. In Friday’s match-up with the PACWEST’s #1 team, a fired-up Chargers squad kept pace with the undefeated Kermodes in the first half and sat just 4 points back before the break. However, the Chargers’ impressive showing started to unravel towards the end of the third as Quest turned on the heat and expanded their lead, eventually cruising to a 66-50 victory. It was a similar story on Saturday as the Chargers produced a strong performance over the Blues in the first two quarters, only to lose steam late in the third and give up the game 69-61. Camosun and CAP are tied for 4th at 6-6; the Chargers maintain their National Ranking, but slip one spot to #15.

“It was a very tough weekend for us,” comments Chargers Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “We had a good week of practice and were prepared before the games but were unable to execute our game plan. Those were two very important games for us, unfortunately without the results we expected. Both Quest and Capilano are quick teams, we responded as if we were in the middle of a snow storm - unable to see the opportunities that presented themselves. Nonetheless, we will regroup and prepare for this upcoming set of games.”

Point leaders for the Chargers were newcomers Haley Cabral (Claremont) who had a two-day total of 24 points and 7 rebounds and Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) who posted 23 points and 16 rebounds. Second-year post Kelly Young (Oak Bay) chipped in with a combined weekend total of 18 points and 15 rebounds.

In men’s action, the Chargers suffered a 75-68 Friday night take-down by the #5 nationally ranked Kermodes who share the PACWEST’s top spot with VIU. The Chargers bounced back the following day to collect an 86-76 win from CAP, thanks in large part to a successful second quarter which put the home team ahead by 19 points at the half. Notching their fourth win of the season, Camosun moves to 4-8 and maintains 5th spot in the PACWEST standings. 

“There is marginal satisfaction in coming away with the split, but overall it wasn't a good weekend for us,” states Chargers Men’s Basketball Head Coach Scot Cuachon. “For the third time in three weeks, we were right there against a Top 10 nationally ranked team and we again lost numerous key battles down the stretch. Giving up offensive rebounds, turnovers and loose ball battles gave Quest extra opportunities. It’s frustrating to consistently see glimpses of our potential being fulfilled and then taken away because of our inconsistencies. Against CAP, we did not play a complete game. We lost the second half of that game … our saving grace was having a big 2nd quarter. Again, we lost key battles when we needed to put the game away which allowed CAP to fight their way back from a large deficit. Winning a game after giving up a 19 point lead is hardly anything to be proud about. We know our standards and expectations of ourselves have to be much higher.”

Friday night saw second-year guard Mat Uduboker take the lead for Camosun; the 6’2” Burnaby native posted 15 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists. Leading the Chargers to victory on Saturday was the dual effort of third-year forwards James Giuffre and Kevin Transchel, both from Esquimalt. Giuffre made 18 points and 5 rebounds; Transchel had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Coach Cuachon also praises second-year guards Andrew Larson (Duncan) and  Hassan Phills (Toronto)for their contributions, “Andrew was fantastic both offensively and defensively this weekend. And Hassan came off the bench in both games to provide us with the energy and willingness to fight that we sorely needed at times.”

This weekend, the Chargers basketball teams travel to the Mainland to face off against the CBC Bearcats and Kwantlen Eagles. Although both programs sit low in the conference standings, the Chargers men and women are preparing another competitive weekend.

“With the season now past the mid-way point every game becomes more important for us to reach our objectives,” states Coach Macdonald. “Both CBC and Kwantlen are playing much better basketball since we last saw them. We will be well-prepared to match their improvement with our own tenacity looking for a better result.”

“This weekend is a very dangerous weekend for us,” says Coach Cuachon. “Looking past CBC and KPU would be a grave mistake, both teams are able to put the ball in the hoop consistently and are hungry for results. We've got to follow the game plan and meet our highest standards of performance in order to succeed.”

Catch the Chargers this weekend as they hit the road to take on the CBC Bearcats and Kwantlen Eagles:

Fri, Jan. 30           Camosun at CBC, Abbotsford     Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Jan. 31          Camosun at Kwantlen, Surrey    Women 1pm; Men 3pm

Watch the matches LIVE on SportsCanadaTV http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/

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