From CBC Athletics.. PACWEST Provincials begin this Thursday!! March 5-7 games at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm. Come check out some great Basketball action!
Welcome from the Athletic Director – Matt Kaminski
On behalf of Columbia Bible College, the PACWEST, and the tournament organizing committee, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you, athletes, coaches, and fans, to the 2014/15 PACWEST Basketball Provincial Championships (March 5-7).
This tournament will undoubtedly highlight the best of what college basketball has to offer in British Columbia. Athletes and coaches work very hard throughout the year to earn the opportunity to compete for a PACWEST Provincial Title, and ultimately a berth to the CCAA National Championships.
It has been a great regular season so far and teams should be proud of their achievements so far. This year the CCAA National Championship for men will be held at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ONT and the women’s CCAA National Championship will be here in BC at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC.
Again, on behalf of Columbia Bible College, I wish all competitors the best of luck, and trust the 2014/15 PACWEST Basketball Provincial Championships is a memorable event for all.
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Bearcats finish fourth in PACWEST
They rebounded in the second set and pushed it into extra points, but, up 25-24, missed a critical kill that would have tied the match at one set apiece. In the third the Mariners scraped out a 27-25 win to sweep the match and escape with the bronze medals. The Bearcats, who entered the tournament ranked fourth in the nation, were left with good memories but little else.
Taylor Klassen played at libero for the Bearcats, while Josh Goossen hammered down 22 kills for the ‘Cats (quite an accomplishment in three sets).
The match was also the last appearance of veteran Bearcat Jason Warkentin in the CBC uniform. Warkentin travelled to two national CCAA national championships with the Bearcats, and is the last member of the team to have been part of the 2010-2011 national championship-winning squad.
Canada’s top squad too much for Bearcats
In the fourth the Bearcats tried the opposite of their third set approach, spotting the Royals an early 5-0 lead and then fighting their way back into contention. CBC narrowed the gap to 13-10 with Warkentin serving, and then managed to tie the match at 20 on a monstrous Josh Goossen kill. After fighting to a 22-20 advantage, a Douglas timeout and a missed Bearcat serve seemed to turn the tide. After ties at 22, and 23, the Royals managed a two-point run to take the match.
The Bearcats will play one last match at Camosun College for bronze Saturday against the VIU Mariners at 3 p.m. Watch online at www.sportscanada.tv/pacwest
Cascades push Bearcats to five in PACWEST quarter-finals
In the second CBC managed to shake off some of the jitters and played a different level of volleyball. The Bearcats matched the Cascades point-by-point, but pulled ahead in the endgame to a 22-20 lead. UFV grabbed the next point to keep things interesting, but then CBC’s Taylor Klassen smashed home an errant dig from the UFV back row to begin nailing the coffin. The Bearcats won the set 25-22 to pull even with their Abbotsford rivals.
CBC also won the third set, but UFV rallied behind the serving prowess of Adam Chaplin in the fourth to pull out a 27-25 victory and even the match at two sets apiece to force an all-important fifth set. Chaplin used his monster serve to ignite several runs, and the Bearcats, still using libero Erickson as left side due to an injury to Brendan Folkerts, couldn’t break in time.
Despite their late-game troubles, CBC controlled the final set from the very beginning. After accumulating an early 7-4 lead, the ‘Cats went on to claim the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Jason Warkentin was named the Bearcats’ Player of the Game. Klassen finished with 12 kills, while Josh Goosen had 15.
“We talk a lot about just playing the next point,” said CBC coach Phil Wiens, whose team met the business end of several big UFV runs during the evening. “No matter what point it is in the match, just get that point.”
The Bearcats will need to be at their best tomorrow at 8:00 pm when they face the top-ranked Douglas Royals. All matches are at Camosun College (Victoria) but will be streamed online at www.sportscanada.tv/pacwest.