UNBC defeats Vancouver Island in defensive war to claim PacWest gold

As the VIU Mariners and UNBC Timberwolves stepped onto the hardwood inside Capilano University’s Sportsplex, all outside factors – rankings, statistics, experience and history – were abandoned at the front doors.

When stripped down to it’s rawest form, the men’s PacWest gold medal game on Saturday night was a gritty melee full of emotion; one that featured two elite teams looking to end the debate of who truly is B.C.’s best in 2012.

In a contest that had no buzzer beater finishes, no lead changes and no ties after the 0-0 tipoff, it was still as exciting as they come, with UNBC pulling out a 69-61 victory to capture gold and claim their spot in the CCAA National Championships.

“When you’re going to win championships, you got to play defence,” said Timberwolves head coach Todd Jordan. “We kept them from getting a lot of easy stuff, we followed the defensive game plan really really well, and now we’re champions and it feels pretty good.”

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Lum keeps the Blues on point and outlasts Langara in PacWest quarterfinal

Capilano guard James Lum floats a runner over Langara’s Ranjodh Hare during the quarterfinals of the 2012 PacWest Championships on Thursday, Mar. 3. – Brian Jones Photo

If the Capilano University Blues and Langara College Falcons had played a 10-game series instead of a single-knockout match last night, there is no doubt in my mind that it would have been split right down the middle at five apiece.

But this is the PacWest playoffs – not a Fischer-Spassky chess championship – so the Blues took full advantage of the winner-take-all format and narrowly beat the Falcons 85-77 Thursday night at Capilano University’s Sportsplex.

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