Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary graduate Nick Smith (23) of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles scored 14 points and nine rebounds in a recent loss to the Langara Falcons.

KPU basketball teams still looking for first victory

Eagles lose twice to Langara Falcons, Quest Kermodes

Road losses have pushed the Kwantlen Polytechnic University men’s and women’s basketball teams into the basement of their respective leagues.

The men lost 89-71 Friday night to the Langara Falcons in Vancouver, and 104-63 in Squamish Saturday to the Quest Kermodes, while the women fell 75-45 in Vancouver and 73-37 in Squamish.

Both teams are now 0-3 (win-loss) in PACWEST (Pacific Western Athletic Conference) league play.

The KPU women’s team started the weekend with their loss to Langara. The Eagles started well, leading 19-18 after the first quarter, and trailing just 36-29 at the break. But they were outscored 39-16 over the final 20 minutes.

Haeley Williams scored 11 points to pace the Eagles, with Cyrena Timmins adding 10 points and seven rebounds.

Quest put the Eagles in a huge hole Saturday night in Squamish, racing to a 25-7 lead after just 10 minutes to play and building their advantage to 41-18 by halftime.

Third-year guard and Panorama Ridge Secondary graduate Aliya Senghera was the lone Eagle to score in double digits, scoring 15 points. Timmins with seven rebounds, and Williams and Desiree Lister with six each were the top players on the boards.

The KPU men’s team fell behind early Friday against the Falcons, trailing 24-10 after one quarter and 46-27 at halftime.

Trevor Schulz led KPU with 24 points, with Joshua Kurucz and Nick Smith adding 14 each. Smith was the top rebounder with nine.

One night later in Squamish, the Eagles were dominated by the Kermodes over the first 30 minutes. Quest led 23-12, 47-28 and 84-42 at the quarter breaks, and upped their lead to 50 points at one point in the fourth quarter.

Schulz had a double double for KPU with 17 points and 11 rebounds, with Smith adding 16 points and six rebounds.

Despite the slow start to the season, the two KPU teams are just a game out of a playoff position.

The Eagles will host the Vancouver Island University Mariners tonight (Friday) at 6 (women) and 8 p.m. (men). The Camosun Chargers of Victoria are the visitors tomorrow at 1 (women) and 3 p.m. (men) at the Surrey campus of KPU.

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