Ram leads Kwantlen past CBC in home opener

Kwantlen guard Aaron Ram lays in two of his game-high 38 points on Friday night versus Columbia Bible College. - Matt Bossons Photo

Kwantlen guard Aaron Ram lays in two of his game-high 38 points on Friday night versus Columbia Bible College. – Matt Bossons Photo

It’s always hard to gain a quality perspective on a team after just their first game of the season – especially when it’s against a perennial bottom-feeder – so I’m going to try not to jump to any quick conclusions.

But on Friday night, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles impressed a packed house with a 100-89 win over the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

Aaron Ram led all scorers with 38 points on 14 for 27 shooting, including three from long range and 7-8 from the charity stripe.

“I know he had a really good game, but in my mind, I expected that,” said Kwantlen head coach Stefon Wilson. “It’s his third year, he’s a good player, so I expected him to play well. He won’t statistically play like that every night, but he hit some shots, and I expected him to have the game he did.”

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PacWest Preview: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles

Ali Bosir leads a revamped Kwantlen Eagles squad in 2013-14. - Brian Jones Photo

Ali Bosir leads a revamped Kwantlen Eagles squad in 2013-14. – Brian Jones Photo

Regular-season record: 7-14

Provincial tournament: Did not qualify

Key returning players:

  • Ali Bosir (5th year)
  • Aaron Ram (3rd year)
  • Nii-Nortey Engmann (4th year)
  • Gurpal Mann (3rd year)
  • Spencer Machin (2nd year)
  • Ruiz Rivera (2nd year)

Transfers:

  • Devan Haynes (4th year)
  • Dustin Egelstad (3rd year)

Key losses:

  • Chris Arcangel
  • Jag Takhar
  • Tristan Gruenthaler

Rookies:

  • Devonté Pierce
  • Obiajulu Henry Udevi-Aruevoru
  • George Mija
  • Marlon Gallimore

One man does not win a basketball game.

Maybe he can explode one night and lift his team to a W, but to sustain a one-man show for the entirety of a four-month season is foolhardy. One man does not win a game, and often, neither does five.

Last year, the Kwantlen Eagles’ fourth-year centre Ali Bosir had to shoulder the load largely on his own. Bosir finished atop the PacWest leaderboards in both scoring and rebounding, while often putting in a full 40 minutes of work despite nagging injuries.

But this year, Kwantlen has added a wealth of support, easing the breadth of responsibilities and expectations that Bosir had to endure last season.

The Eagles have gained two veteran transfers from Douglas – third year forward Dustin Egelstad and fourth-year big man Devan Haynes.

“When you look at those guys, you know what to expect,” said head coach Stefon Wilson about the ex-Royals. “In my opinion, the holes we had were in our rebounding and in our depth. I think those were two issues that we had to fix from a recruiting standpoint.”

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