Quest’s rookie point guard Denzel Laguerta slices through multiple Camosun defenders on his way to the hoop. – Brian Jones Photo
There’s a routine that PacWest teams are used to when they visit Vancouver Island. They come over on the ferry, play in Victoria on Friday night at 8 pm, and then travel up to Nanaimo the next day to play at 3 pm, or vice-versa.
For the Quest University Kermodes, it was no different at the provincial championships.
On Thursday night, they were pitted against tournament hosts Camosun College in the 8 pm timeslot. The stands were completely packed, but held a surprisingly even amount of fans from both sides. Camosun had a strong contingent of supporters due to the home court advantage, but Quest had a bus full of students and family make the trek over from Squamish.
The game was an anomaly. Incredibly low scoring plagued both squads but the intensity and emotion was unrivaled.
Kwantlen Eagles head coach Stefon Wilson shouts instructions from the sideline. – Brian Jones Photo
I had my victory article ready. I had jotted down intended postgame questions like “What was the key to the win tonight?” and “How huge is to finally get two wins in a row during this stretch of the season?”
In my head, I already had the title: “Eagles complete weekend sweep, move one step closer to playoffs.”
Then the fourth quarter came, and along with it a complete breakdown.
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Quest University Kermodes outscored the Kwantlen Eagles 38-14 in the final 10 minutes, overcoming a double-digit deficit and going on to win 102-87.
Notes were scribbled over, pages were torn out, and my victory article was scrapped.