VIU escapes Douglas with tough win, remains undefeated

VIU’s Brandon Jones had on off-night against Douglas, but still led all scorers with 19 points. - Brian Jones photo

VIU’s Brandon Jones had on off-night against Douglas, but still led all scorers with 19 points. In the throwback above, Jones goes to the bucket during the 2012 PacWest championship semifinals. – Brian Jones photo

The Vancouver Island University Mariners had everything to lose on Friday night.

They had an undefeated record. They presented perfection dating back to last season’s national title. They came in ranked third in the CCAA’s national rankings. And, they had something a little more tangible to lose – their pride and confidence.

But it’s those last two that mattered most. Those two crucial facets of VIU’s identity, the building blocks of their genetic makeup that make them so good in the first place, were what helped them walk out of their battle with the Douglas College Royals not quite unscathed, but still undefeated.

VIU left New Westminster with an 83-79 win over Douglas last night, though the outcome was in question up until roughly 19 seconds left in the game.

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Capilano holds off late charge to squeeze by Douglas

Blues point guard Tony Rowe adjusts under the outstretched arm of Douglas forward Ryan Hopson. - Brian Jones Photo

Blues point guard Tony Rowe adjusts under the outstretched arm of Douglas forward Ryan Hopson. – Brian Jones Photo

The mood was subdued, a few heads were hanging, and customary post-game handshakes were scaled back to a minimum.

Based on the player reactions, if you hadn’t watched the previous 40 minutes of gameplay, you would have never guessed who just suppressed a massive comeback to grind out a four-point victory.

Although a win is a win, some taste a little less sweet than others.

The Capilano University Blues clung to the last remnants of 17-point halftime lead to hold off the Douglas College Royals 76-72 on Saturday, November 9 at Capilano’s Sportsplex in North Vancouver.

The coach echoed his players’ temperament.

“I was really disappointed. I thought we had taken some good steps last night, in terms of learning how to play with a more consistent effort, but I think we regressed tonight,” said Blues bench boss Dwayne Selby.

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PacWest Preview: Douglas College Royals

Andrew Baron leads a young group of Royals into 2013-14.  - Brian Jones Photo

Andrew Baron leads a young group of Royals into 2013-14. – Brian Jones Photo

Regular-season record: 8-13

Provincial tournament: 4th place

Key returning players:

  • Andrew Baron (3rd year)
  • Kristian Hildenbrandt (2nd year)
  • Ethan McKean (2nd year)
  • Tom Ghag (2nd year)
  • Mike Blaauw (2nd year)

Key losses:

  • Mark Dabrowski
  • Devan Haynes (Kwantlen)
  • Dustin Egelstad (Kwantlen)
  • Harpreet Randhawa
  • Daniel Kim (Langara)

Rookies:

  • Grant Campbell
  • Sylvester Appiah
  • Bradyn Norris
  • Akim Zongo
  • Jacob Juras
  • Harbir Phool
  • Karun Samra
  • Pavan Leeho

It’s not too hard to think back and reminisce about the year 2008.

Kanye West was beginning his affinity with auto-tune, Obama was beginning his first term as POTUS, the one kid in your school with an iPhone 3G was a king, and the Douglas College Royals had just finished putting together one of the most dominant seasons in CCAA history.

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