November 18th, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Vancouver Island University Mariners basketball teams went in opposite directions this weekend as the men won both of their games and the women lost both of theirs on a Pacific Western Athletic Association trip to Vancouver.
The men (4-1) are starting to come together after beating the Quest Kermodes 78-62 on Friday and then the Capilano University Blues 81-52. The women (2-3), however, are struggling without point guard Jocelyn Jones and lost 60-51 to Quest and 47-38 to Capilano.
Men's head coach Matt Kuzmin-ski is starting to like what he is seeing out of his team, after battling some inconsistencies in their first couple of weeks.
"We're slowly getting better with our execution, that was one of our big steps this weekend," he said.
"Our turnovers are still up there, but we're starting to get better at taking care of the ball."
The Mariners led from the outset in both games and were not threatened in either contest. The closest the Kermodes (4-1) got to VIU was 11 points while they jumped out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter against the Blues (2-3).
Brandon Jones led the Mariners on Friday with 20 points while finishing six-of-eight from the field and was perfect from the free throw line.
It was the kind of efficient game Kuzminski has been preaching to his star guard. "Sometimes his percentages won't be great, but he was six for eight, he was awesome on Friday night," he said.
Tyler Olsen also had a strong game on Friday with 12 points and 10 rebounds and added a team-high 12 points on Saturday. Rookie point guard Jon Bethel also had 10 points against Capi-lano as VIU went deep into their bench.
The women, however, are experiencing major offensive issues with Jocelyn Jones out with a partially torn hamstring. The veteran guard was hurt during their 52-33 loss to the Douglas College Royals on Nov. 9.
Head coach Bill McWhinnie says he has never had these kinds of problems scoring before. "When your primary ball handler and scorer aren't playing, that effects everybody," he said, adding forward Erin Vekic is also out until the second semester due to a credits issue.
Jones is listed as week-to-week, she could be back for this weekend's game against the Camosun Chargers or she could be out the rest of the semester. McWhin-nie says he will be going on the doctor's word.
Their other big issue on the weekend was turnovers, including 43 on Saturday.
Shayna Worthington led VIU on Friday against Quest (4-1) with 21 points, while Chardon-nae Mortimer had 13. Against Capilano (5-0), Worthington and Jenna Carver had seven points each.
VIU travels to Victoria this Friday to play rival Camosun. The women play at 5 p.m. and the men at 7 p.m.