Clean sweep over CBC/Kwan

November 10th, 2013

Mariners teams defeat CBC in home opener, raise title banners

Men defeat Bearcats 89-57, celebrate 2013 national title. Women win 72-34
By Josh ALdrich, Nanaimo Daily News

The Vancouver Island University Mariners basketball teams added victories to their championship celebrations on Friday night.

The Mariners men watched as a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association banner was raised to ceiling to celebrate their 2013 national championship before they deafeated the Columbia Bible College Bearcats 89-57.

"The glory of it was sort of gone and it's been brought back this weekend," said head coach Matt Kuzminski. "We've been really focused on this year, preparing for all of our games." After celebrating last year's Pacific Western Athletic Association provincial championship, the Mariners women (2-0; 129-77) also walked away with a victory over CBC (0-2; 79-148), defeating the Bearcats 72-34.

Jocelyn Jones led the way for the Mariners with 18 points on the night. Heather McCarthy had 15 points and went three-forfour on three-point attempts. Jenna Carver had 11 points for the Mariners and nine rebounds, as did Shayna Worthington.

Early in the season, the team is going through some growing pains in the form of injuries to six-foot-five post Alicia Grossi and third-year guard Jamie McFarlane.

Head coach Bill McWhinnie said Worthington has been playing through an injury as well. "It's giving our young kids a chance to play and some experience; it's only going to help us," he said. "It's a long season. .. Getting any young kids to play is a benefit to us."

First-year forward Taelar Keir, a Wellington Secondary School graduate, has been playing as much as 10-15 minutes a game. She had six points on Friday night.

Read more in the NDN

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VIU basketball teams win big in home gym
By Greg Skaki, Nanaimo News Bulletin

The VIU Mariners made it a perfect home-opening weekend in their gym. Vancouver Island University's men's and women's basketball teams swept their games Friday at Saturday, defeating the Columbia Bible College Bearcats and Kwantlen Eagles, respectively.

The men's M's handled the Bearcats 89-59 and then soared past the Eagles 101-67. VIU's women won 72-34 and 65-45, respectively.

"Both games this weekend, I thought we started off really well, our starters set the tone," said Matt Kuzminski, coach of the M's men.

He said in the Kwantlen game his team focused on limiting turnovers and was successful, with point guard Brandon Jones dishing 12 assists against just one turnover.

"When he's rolling and getting everybody the ball, we're rolling," said Seth Goodman, M's forward.

Goodman said VIU's positive results on the weekend were a product of practice.

"We go hard every day, so this is the fruit of our labour," he said.

The first game Jones had 20 points, Jason Fortin had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Harrison Stupich had 12 points and Goodman had 11 points and 13 boards. The next day, Goodman had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Fortin also scored 22 and Jones added 17.

"We've got some momentum now," said Kuzminski. "We've won three games and we've played pretty well for this early in the season."

For VIU's women, Jocelyn Jones had 18 points against CBC, Heather McCarthy added 15 points and Jenna Carver and Shayna Worthington scored 11 apiece.

The next day it was McCarthy's 20-point outing leading the way, while Jones scored 18 points and Worthington had 10 points and nine rebounds.

"Good weekend with two league wins, got contributions from several different people," said Bill McWhinnie, coach of the VIU women, in a press release.