Chargers basketball rookies earn PACWEST honours en route to playoffs
March 4, 2015
Today, the PACWEST announced the winners of their 2014-15 Basketball Awards and Camosun is proud to congratulate Chargers rookies Ali Cooper (Oak Bay) and Quinn Yates (Edward Milne) for their exceptional achievements throughout the season. Ali and Quinn receive news of their recognition just as the Chargers basketball teams board the bus to embark on the last leg of their journey to the PACWEST Playoffs hosted by Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, March 5-7.
This past weekend, the Chargers women closed the regular season 9-12, falling 74-63 to the undefeated and No. 1 nationally-ranked Quest Kermodes on Friday and collecting a tough 69-57 loss in Saturday's game against the #4 Capilano Blues.
"While some people might suggest games that are not going to impact your placement within the league or play-off opponents are meaningless I disagree," states Chargers Women's Basketball Head Coach Carl Macdonald. "Every game has value and meaning, and on Friday at Quest our players understood the importance and competed completely. The effort we showed led our players to know we can compete with the best as Quest is number one in Canada. Saturday afternoon against Capilano, we did not begin the game with a competitive fire, in the third quarter we were down by twenty points. When we decided to play with some passion and intensity we were able to reduce that deficit to six points. Unable to overcome that final gap we settled for the loss."
The Chargers men also completed the season with 9 wins and 12 losses, splitting their last two games with a buzzer-beating 71-68 victory over Quest where second-year guard Andrew Larson hit a three in the finals seconds of the game to avoid sending the game into overtime, followed by a disappointing 71-65 loss to the sixth-place Capilano Blues the next day.
"Quest is a top tier team and has been in the top national rankings for all but one week of the season," comments Chargers Men's Head Coach Scot Cuachon. "Competing the way we did against them was a very big learning experience for us as it showed us what we need to do to compete and finish against top teams. Saturday's game against CAP was a massive let down. Capilano played well and we simply did not come to play. It was a game that showed immaturity as I believe we were complacent from the night before."
Camosun's pursuit of the PACWEST title begins on Thursday in the Quarter Final round. Both seeded fifth, the Chargers men and women will take on the conference's #4 teams with the women squaring off against the Capilano University Blues at 6pm followed by the men who will face the Douglas College Royals at 8pm.
"On Thursday evening this week we will again line up against Capilano," says Coach Macdonald. "I expect a stronger start and a complete game from all our players. Play-offs are different than the regular season, both the win or go home reality and the desire to show exactly how good we are bring a different mind-set to these games. Our mix of veterans and first year players will provide us with the correct balance to compete in these play-offs. We have grown as a team this year and every player is making valued contributions. Without looking beyond Thursday's game; we know that every team will have their hands full playing against us."
"We are playing Douglas in the first round." states Coach Cuachon. "They are a good team that is extremely well coached and we have had trouble with them all season. This is a very difficult first round match up and we cannot afford anymore off nights from here on in."
2nd Team All-Star & All-Rookie Team
Catch the Chargers go for Gold at the PACWEST Provincial Basketball Championships, March 5-7
- Find schedule, recaps, results, photos and more on the Official Championship website: http://pacwestbc.ca/2015basketball/
- Watch the games LIVE: http://sportscanada.tv/pacwest/index.php/cbc-bearcats