Winless against the Island
A pair of Vancouver Island teams swept two basketball teams from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in PacWest league play last weekend in Surrey.
The Vancouver Island University Mariners won both the men’s and women’s games Friday night, and Victoria’s Camosun Chargers duplicated the sweep of the Kwantlen Eagles Saturday afternoon.
“We were badly out-rebounded this weekend,” said Dan Nayebzadeh, head coach of the Eagles women’s team. “We played well defensively in both games, but we had no flow offensively and didn’t shoot the ball well all weekend.”
Kwantlen could have built a two-game lead between themselves and seventh place (six teams make the playoffs), but Saturday’s loss to Camosun left them tied for fifth with the Chargers at 4-6 (won-lost), just a game up on the Langara Falcons.
The Eagles fell behind early and never challenged for the lead in a 68-52 loss. Against the Mariners Friday night, the Nanaimo team dominated in a 74-38 victory to improve their record to 9-1.
Jeanneine Yngreso, a first-year guard and a graduate of Holy Cross high school, netted 11 points in both contests. Sam McPhail, a six-foot centre from Vancouver, collected 27 rebounds on the weekend.
The Eagles will play twice next weekend, looking for a pair of wins to move up in the standings. They host the 5-4 Quest Kermodes Friday night and the 7-2 Capilano Blues on Saturday. Both games tip-off at 6 p.m.
The two losses by the men’s team left the Eagles with a 2-8 record, three games out of a playoff position with six games left in the regular season.
They gave the first place Mariners a test Friday night before falling 84-72. Four players scored in double digits for Kwantlen, led by guard Mark Mitchell with 16 points. Aaron Ram of Surrey netted 15 points and Varinder Singh of North Delta scored 12. Rookie guard Chris Arcangel of Toronto tallied 11.
Singh, a six-foot-five forward from Seaquam Secondary, also had 10 rebounds for a double double.
Kwantlen led 29-28 midway through Saturday’s game against the 7-3 Chargers, only to fall 77-66. Arcangel with 14 points and Singh with 12 were the leading scorers for the Eagles.
The Eagles also host Quest (0-9) and Capilano (6-3) next weekend. Both games are at 8 p.m.