KPU basketball teams winless on Vancouver Island

Eagles lose games in Victoria, Nanaimo

After resuming league play with a road trip to Vancouver Island, The Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) men’s basketball team is still looking for its first win.

The KPU Eagles fell 97-72 to the Camosun Chargers Friday night in Victoria, then dropped a 116-57 decision Saturday afternoon to the Vancouver Island Mariners.

Despite their 0-9 (win-loss) record, the Eagles are just two games out of a playoff position. The Douglas College Royals hold on to the sixth and final playoff spot with a 2-7 record, one game up on the Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

Playing against a Chargers team which had won three of its first seven games, the Eagles trailed 20-14, 49-34 and 77-56 at the quarter breaks.

Frank Hurt Secondary graduate Kyanith Thapa was the top scorer for KPU with 17 points, with Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary graduate Nick Smith achieving the double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Cvitanovich came off the bench to score 11 points.

A day later in Nanaimo, the undefeated Mariners sprinted to a 29-11 lead after 10 minutes and stretched it to 51-19 by halftime.

Moeiz Athaya led the Eagles with 15 points. Joshua Kurucz was the only other player to score in double figures, netting 13 points.

The KPU Eagles women’s team is also seeking its first victory of the season, and finds itself three games out of a playoff position after two losses on Vancouver Island.

Desiree Lister paced KPU with 13 points in an 86-43 loss to the Camosun Chargers Friday night. Lister netted another 11 points to go with a team-best eight rebounds Saturday in Nanaimo, where the Eagles lost 70-43 to the Vancouver Island Mariners.

The two KPU teams will play Friday in New Westminster against the Douglas College Royals and Saturday in North Vancouver against the Capilano Blues.

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