Chargers men’s basketball team captures bronze at at 2019 PACWEST Provincial Championships
Release date: March 4, 2019
Recaps courtesy Eric Thompson, Douglas College
Another miraculous fourth-quarter comeback from the Camosun Chargers gave them their first PACWEST medal in three years as they took down the Capilano Blues.
Men’s Quarterfinal Recap | Thursday, February 28
Chargers stun Falcons to win opener
CAMOSUN CHARGERS 93 LANGARA FALCONS 91
The Camosun Chargers put together an impeccable performance to knock out the Okanagan College Coyotes and set up a semifinal date with the Capilano Blues for Friday at 12:30 PM.
The two sides traded points back and forth for most of the first half, but a timeout taken by the Falcons with around 7 minutes left in the second quarter seemed to be just what Langara needed, as they would start an 8-0 run soon after coming out of the timeout, and would hold onto the eight-point lead as the half would finish with the Falcons leading 44-36.
The Chargers started the lead strong, cutting the Falcons lead to three, but the Chargers were quickly able to bounce back and embark on another big run, scoring nine straight points to open the advantage up to 13. Ismail Abdulahi hit a three-point shot with just seconds remaining in the quarter, but Langara maintained a 13-point lead after 30 minutes of play.
Camosun started the quarter on a 7-2 run, but the Falcons quickly stifled the comeback and opened their lead back to eleven points with just over five minutes remaining in the game. But with the chips down, the Chargers went on the offensive. Matthew Gray scored a layup, the Chargers recovered the rebound on the ensuing Falcons possession, and Camosun hit three consecutive three-point shots in 25 seconds to wipe out the Falcons lead entirely and tie the game at 83. The teams went back and forth once again, and with the Chargers down by two and 30 seconds remaining, Matthew Gray hit an incredible step-back game-winning three. Camosun added a point on a free throw and won 93-91.
Player of the Game honours were awarded to Camosun’s Dallas Hancox, who finished with 21 points and 6 rebounds, and Moeiz Athaya of the Falcons, who put up 27 points and 7 rebounds.
Following the game Chargers' head coach Scot Cuachon talked with Ryan Watters about the upset win [listen on SoundCloud].
Men’s Semifinal Recap | Friday, March 1
Mariners blast Chargers
VIU MARINERS 90, CAMOSUN CHARGERS 67
The VIU Mariners outlasted the Camosun Chargers on Friday night to claim the last spot in Saturday’s gold-medal match, where they will face the Douglas College Royals.
It was a good effort from the Chargers, but one that ultimately fell short of Thursday’s incredible comeback win that propelled them into the semifinal match. They were at their most impressive in the opening quarter, where they held the lead three times and would have been tied at the buzzer if not for a Jerod Dorby block to maintain the Mariners’ 17-15 lead.
Things completely fell apart for Camosun in the third quarter, as they just could not get a shot to fall coming out of the half. The Chargers as a team scored just 8 points in the quarter on 10% shooting, while their opponents had their best offensive quarter of the night as they put up 28. VIU Player of the Game Landon Radliff had 9 of his 21 points in the quarter as the Mariners scored on seemingly every trip while completely locking down the Chargers. At the end of the quarter, the Mariners were up by 30 points.
The Chargers fared better in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Mariners 28-21, but it was too little, too late as VIU came out on top 90-67.
Landon Radliff had 21 points and 8 rebounds in a Player of the Game performance for VIU, while Dallas Hancox got the nod for the Chargers with 9 points and 8 rebounds.
Camosun moves on to play the #3 Capilano Blues in Saturday’s bronze medal match.
Men’s Bronze Medal Game | Saturday, March 2
Chargers win bronze
CAMOSUN CHARGERS 83, CAPILANO BLUES 68
Somehow, they did it again. Another miraculous fourth-quarter comeback from the Camosun Chargers gave them their first PACWEST medal in three years as they took down the Capilano Blues.
The Chargers took a 5-2 lead early in the first quarter before the Blues went on an unbelievable 14-1 run to take a 10-point lead. Camosun went on a 6-0 run to close the half, culminating with a Calvin Somers three-pointer to cut the lead to five at the buzzer.
Camosun was able to hang tough with the Blues through the middle 20 minutes of the period, breaking even with Capilano in the second quarter and coming close again in the third, trailing the Blues by 7 points as the final frame begun.
At this point, the thoughts of the players and of the crowd surely turned to Camosun’s incredible comeback victory against the Langara Falcons on Thursday night in the quarterfinal round. Down eleven points with five minutes left in regulation, the Chargers came all the way back to beat Langara 93-91.
And as amazing as that victory was, Saturday’s game saw an even more impressive comeback, as Camosun absolutely dominated Capilano in the final quarter. The Chargers fans and bench alike were electric throughout the fourth quarter as Camosun continued to run up the score on the shellshocked Capilano team. The Blues simply couldn’t get anything to fall, scoring just 9 points on 3-of-17 shooting throughout the fourth, while the Chargers put up 31 points in the final quarter, scoring on 14 of their 19 attempts from the field.
Player of the Game honours went to Capilano’s Grady Huskisson with 6 points and 7 rebounds, and Camosun’s Shaquille Maharaj, who had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Following the game Chargers' head coach Scot Cuachon talked with Ryan Watters [listen on SoundCloud].
Player of the Game photos courtesy Camosun Chargers Athletics
2019 PACWEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
|Silver||Douglas College Royals|
|Bronze||Camosun College Chargers|
|Dallas Hancox||Camosun Chargers|
|Brenden Bailey||Capilano Blues|
|Dylan Kinley||Douglas College|
|Courtney Anderson||Douglas College|
|Tyus Barfoot||VIU Mariners|
|Landon Radliff||VIU Mariners|
Head Coach, Camosun Chargers Men's Basketball
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