Capilano 85 Douglas 84
The Capilano Blues jumped out to an early lead, and survived a late Royals rally to earn their second win of the season. The Blues came out on fire from behind the arc, making 5 of 7 three – point attempts to jump out to 26-23 after an entertaining first quarter. Douglas never found much of an offensive rhythm. The Royals trailed for the entire game, but almost pulled out the victory thanks to some clutch three point shooting in the fourth quarter from Josiah Mastandrea and Paul Getz. Masandrea, who leads the league shooting 50 % from behind the arc, came in cold off the bench, but heated up in a hurry. He connected on 3 of his 5 attempts from downtown in the second half and finished with 12 points in a little over 9 minutes of action. Masandrea also came up with the play of the game, drawing a foul on a 3-point attempt with 31 seconds to play. The first year guard made all three of his free throws, cutting the lead to 1. But after forcing a miss from Capilano’s standout guard, Denver Sparks-Guest (16pts, 6reb, 3ast) Douglas could not secure the rebound, and lost for just the second time this season. Despite the loss Royals head coach Joe Enevoldson was pleased that his team was able to claw their way back, “ give them credit their defensive help rotations were pretty good, we were careless with it, we turned the ball over 23 times, but I mean at the end of the day we still had a shot at it and we gave ourselves a chance to be successful.” Blues head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer was excited to get a quality win on the road, but admitted it did get a little too close for comfort down the stretch, “Their rookie Josiah hit some huge 3’s that got them back in it,and you know the three point shot is the ultimate equalizer, and we can’t foul, we can’t foul , we’ve got to make guys make contested shots and if they make them then they earn it right? But if you put them on the line and give them free looks at the bucket, that’s not acceptable.” The Blues (2-3) will have a chance to reach the .500 mark by the semester break when they visit CBC on Tuesday night.
Photos provided by Douglas College sports communications.