KPU playoff hopes take a hit


Both teams lost twice, but it was a bigger hit to the playoff hopes of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Eagles men’s basketball team than it was for the women.

Both teams were each a game out of a Pacific Western Athletic Association playoff position before games Friday night, and while the women remained in that position, the men dropped to two games out of the top six with seven games left .

The KPU Eagles women’s team lost 88-40 to the Capilano Blues Friday night, then fell 66-57 to the Quest Kermodes. Their won-lost record fell to 4-10, a game behind the 5-9 Langara Falcons.

Shilpa Khanna led the team in scoring both nights with nine points against Capilano and added another 15 against Quest. The rookie guard and a graduate of Fleetwood Park Secondary ta llied eight steals on the weekend. Christina Brown totaled 22 points in the two games with  Amber-Lee Kavanagh grabbing seven rebounds in each contest.

The schedule gets more difficult for the Eagles next weekend, as they will host the first-place Vancouver Island University Mariners (14-0) Friday night at 6 p.m. and the second-place Camosun Chargers (10-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. at KPU’s Surrey campus.

The men saw their record fall to 2-12, two games behind sixth-place Camosun. The Eagles lost 89-62 Friday to Capilano and 96-64 to Quest on Saturday.

Ali Bosir of Surrey was the leader on the men’s team throughout the weekend, scoring 28 points and snaring 25 rebounds. He netted a team-best 20 points against Camosun. Obi Udevi, a first-year guard and a graduate of Panorama Ridge Secondary, tallied 26 points over the two games.

The men also host the two Vancouver Island teams this weekend. The Mariners (10-4) are at KPU Friday night at 8 p.m. while the Chargers play Saturday at 2 p.m.

FREE THROWS: The women’s team hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Night Friday against Capilano, which was so successful KPU will be making it an annual event. Organized by team manager Reeghan Carroll with the assistance of the entire team, the fundraisers netted raised $1,240 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Yukon/BC Chapter through the sales of pink T-shirts and a silent auction.

“This is absolutely amazing,” said Anna Da Cunha, fund development officer with CBCF Yukon/BC Chapter. “I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who helped with organizing and putting this event on and a special thank you to the Eagles women’s basketball team.”

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