From CBC Athletics. The CBC Bearcats men’s basketball team (1-12) put in a respectable effort against a good Camosun Chargers squad (5-8) tonight, losing 99-83 to their hot-handed opponents. The Bearcats lacked the height to stop 6-7 Charger Kevin Transchel in the post, and ran headlong into an 8-for-12 three-pointer performance from Lachlan Rose, yet still stretched Camosun through four quarters.
“I don’t think we were shy on effort tonight,” said CBC coach Matt Guynup. “I think we battled well. Sometimes you hit a hot team, a team where you are overmatched in certain areas.”
CBC continued its habit of starting strong, and built an early lead off of early aggression. While Transchel kept the Bearcats from amassing any significant advantage on the scoreboard, Bearcat Hudson Naylor showed his quality with a series of tough finishes in traffic. Addison King led the ‘Cats at half with 11 points and 75 percent shooting from downtown (3-4), but couldn’t extricate his squad from a 49-37 hole.
While CBC finished with more steals and fewer turnovers than Camosun, the undersized squad was outrebounded by a critical 47-24 margin. Without the defensive stops and second-chance opportunities gained on the glass, the Bearcats were unable to dent the Chargers’ lead in the second half, and trailed by 10 or so points for the rest of the game.
Elijah Calhoun finished with 26 points for the Bearcats, while King contributed 19 and Naylor had 17.
“I think Elijah had some good numbers,” said Guynup. “When we really needed rebounds he came up with some big rebounds and stops. Hudson always works his butt off, he’s always leading in terms of effort. Those two guys they really made a mark.”
The Bearcats will host the VIU Mariners on Saturday, Jan 31 at 3 p.m.