2015 starts with two basketball wins

January 11th, 2015

CTV feature on games
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King scores 33 as VIU beats Camosun
by Scott McKenzie
Nanaimo Daily News

Down by eight points in the fourth quarter, and with their undefeated record on the line, the Vancouver Island Mariners overcame that deficit to beat the Camosun Chargers in Victoria Friday night, by eight points.The Mariners, now 8-0, sit atop the PacWest conference standings, as well as at No. 1 in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Conference's national rankings.But they were in tough for the bulk of the game, mostly due to star forward Justin King being in foul trouble early."That kind of took us out of our rhythm a bit," said VIU head coach Matt Kuzminski. King barely played in first half, finishing the second quarter with just four points. In the second half, though, King exploded for 29. "Without his scoring, we could have been in trouble, for sure," Kuzminski said.As the Mariners pulled themselves back within striking distance of the Camosun lead, they pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter to grab the win from their Island rivals. "We started getting some defensive stops," Kuzminski said of the comeback. "I didn't think our guys, at all times, did the best job following our scouting report and some of the things that we had discussed in practice, and we got beat on some of those things, which was frustrating."Down the stretch, in the last six minutes, I thought we were more engaged and aggressive."VIU point guard Kadeem Stewart was a catalyst of the comeback, distributing much of the offence late in the game.He ended the game as the Mariners' second-leading scorer with 13 points and five assists, along with six rebounds. "Kadeem, I thought, did a nice job of playing aggressive offensively," Kuzminski said. "He did a nice job of getting into the paint and got himself some easy looks, and other guys some open shots." The Mariners now have a week of practice before hitting the road for a daunting Lower Mainland two-game set with the No. 9 Langara Falcons and the Douglas Royals Friday and Saturday. "I thought we played hard, just not smart," Kuzminski said of Friday's win, "and we'll have to be better at that this weekend because Langara and Douglas will be really tough match-ups."

VIU women ease past Chargers on the road
by Scott McKenzie
Nanaimo Daily News

Normally, the VIU Mariners lean on junior Sienna Pollard to lead their team in offensive production.And rightly so - Pollard, a six-foot-one forward out of Auburn, Wash., is fifth in the country in scoring with an average of 20 points per game. She is also the top scorer in the PacWest conference, and is third in rebounding.But as the Mariners, ranked as the No. 9 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball team in Canada, returned to conference play for the first time since Nov. 22, it was another American who paved the way to a Mariners win.On Friday night, five-foot-six guard Amanda Tapia led the Mariners in scoring with 22 points - 18 of those from three-point range - as VIU beat their Island rival Camosun Chargers in Saanich, 68-48. "In particular, Amanda Tapia played exceptional tonight," said Mariners head coach Bill McWhinnie said of the guard from Lynden, Wash. "She shot the ball very well and put her teammates in great position to score." Pollard wasn't far behind Tapia, as she finished the game with 16 points.Wellington grad Amanda Carver, a fifth-year senior with the Mariners, had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the VIU win."(We) played very well and unselfishly," McWhinnie said."(We) played with intensity and enthusiasm."The win also saw the Mariners keep pace with the Douglas Royals for a second-place tie at 5-2 in the PacWest standings - the Quest Kermodes remain undefeated at 7-0. Next up for the Mariners is another set of road games as they take on the Langara Falcons Friday and the Royals Saturday in the Lower Mainland. Their next home game is Jan. 23 against the Capilano Blues at 6 p.m. at VIU.