UNBC forward Dennis Stark maneuvers around Kwantlen’s Ali Bosir, attempting a tough finger roll. Stark had 14 on the night. – Brian Jones Photo
One team, a perennial provincial power, entered the year’s final regular season game with a daunting 12-3 record. They had won a double-overtime game the night before, cementing their second-place spot in the standings and securing an automatic bye for the first round of the approaching playoffs.
The other, a team who won just one league game the previous year, entered the match having won four of their last five. They had two options: win the game in upsetting fashion and clinch the league’s sixth and final playoff spot, or lose, and end their season prematurely.
In a convincing 92-72 victory, the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves reaffirmed their confidence heading into the postseason, while the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles were forced to exercise the undesirable second option.
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Kwantlen forward Varinder Singh delivers a floater over a Douglas College defender during the Eagles 80-63 win at home on Friday, Feb. 3. - Brian Jones Photo
The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles have not been looking like the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles lately.
If that sentence doesn’t make sense, it’s not the only thing.
The Eagles, who started out 2-8 on the season in PacWest play, have won their last four in a row and now sit in sole possession of the league’s sixth and final playoff spot.
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At this time five years ago, the Kwantlen University College Eagles men’s basketball team was gearing up for another BCCAA season. They had a couple of veterans on the roster, a few returning players and a host of young rookies waiting to shine in their post-secondary debut.
The team didn’t win a single game.