Eagles seek consistency during break

The Kwantlen Eagles are looking the same in exhibition play as they did in the first third of BCCAA league play – which concerns head coach Bernie Love.

“People ask me how the team is doing, I always say we play well for 34 minutes a night,” said Love. “It’s been typical this year, we don’t play a full 40 minutes.”

The Eagles didn’t need a full 40-minute effort to defeat the Portland Bible College Wildcats 89-64 Friday night at Kwantlen University College, jumping out to a 12-point lead early in the game. The Wildcats, down by 15 midway through the second quarter, cut the difference to one in the third period before a 13-point run by Kwantlen decided the game.

“We went into a lapse,” said Love. “We took some bad shots on offence, and stopped defending.

“Then we put it together again, and built the lead back up in the second.”

Working with an 11-player roster which has nine first-year players, Love is hoping a couple of exhibition games and two tournaments during a break from league play will prepare Kwantlen for a push for a playoff position in January.

Despite a 1-5 (won-lost) record in the B.C. Colleges Athletic Association (BCCAA), the Eagles are just a game out of the sixth and final playoff berth in the eight-team league.

First-year guard Mical Ollivierre of North Delta netted 19 of his 23 points in the second half of the game against Portland Bible College, hitting three three-point shots in the third quarter and adding another 10 points in the fourth.

Marko Serka added 19 points for Kwantlen, with third-year Eagle Jay Hoare adding 13 and Nick Lafleur and Brighton Gbarazia each scoring 10.

Kwantlen will play at a tournament at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford Dec. 27-29, before hosting their own tournament Jan. 2-5.

BCCAA league play resumes Friday, Jan. 11 when the Eagles host the Douglas College Royals.

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