Three weeks into the season, the KPU (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) Eagles basketball teams are still looking for their first wins of the season.
Hosting the Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo Friday night and Victoria’s Camosun Chargers on Saturday afternoon, the Eagles were winless in PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) play a the Surrey campus of KPU.
The weekend began with KPU’s women’s team tipping off against the Mariners, and falling 77-44. The Eagles stayed close to VIU for 20 minutes, trailing 17-14 after one quarter and 30-27 at halftime. But the Mariners put up 30 points in the third period, stretching their advantage to 23 points.
Cassie Micona led the Eagles with 11 points, with Cyrena Timmins adding nine points and eight rebounds.
KPU fell behind early against the Chargers, trailing by eight points after one quarter and by 15 at the half. Christina Brown paced the Eagles scoring with 19 points, a total that included four buckets from behind the three-point line. Timmins netted 11 points to go with six rebounds.
In Friday’s men’s game, the Mariners dominated from start to finish, scoring 36 points in the first quarter and leading 65-33 at the half. Josh Kurucz, Greg Saourine and Devin Cvitanovich were the top scorers for the Eagles with 10 points each.
Saturday afternoon against the Chargers, Trevor Schulz put up the double double for KPU with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kurucz was the top scorer with 16 points, with Nick Smith and Tristan Ordonez adding 10 each.
The two Eagles teams will be at home twice each next weekend, hosting the Capilano Blues Friday night and the Douglas College Royals on Saturday. Game times are 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) both nights.