2018-19 PACWEST Basketball Championships recap

2018-19 PACWEST Basketball Championships recap

A quarterfinal comeback loss to the Langara Falcons ended hopes of a homecourt PACWEST medal for Royals women's basketball, while men's basketball fought to the bitter end for a gold medal but lost in overtime to take home the silver medal.

 

The Falcons and Royals played an incredible quarterfinal game on the first day of the tournament, and the hometown crowd hit its loudest point when Sydney Fraess dropped back-to-back threes to take a six-point lead into halftime. But the Falcons came out hot to start the second half, outscoring the hosts 29-16 in the third quarter to take a lead into the final frame. Douglas valiantly fought to restore their lead, but to no avail, as the hometown Royals were knocked out in the opening round of play.

 

Despite the loss, it was a fitting end to the career of one of the all-time greats in PACWEST women's basketball, as Rachel Beauchamp put up 26 points and an incredible 22 rebounds. Beauchamp was named Player of the Game for her efforts in her final PACWEST appearance.

 

The Royals men's team had a rough start to their PACWEST championships, going down 14-3 to the Capilano Blues early in the first quarter of their semifinal matchup, but Douglas found their stride by the time the second quarter rolled around, ending the half on a 9-2 run to cut the Capilano lead to just five points. The third quarter was just as impressive from the Royals, as a Josiah Mastandrea three-point shot gave Douglas the lead at the end of the frame. The Royals completely shut down the Blues in the final quarter, as an emphatic Tyrone Asenoguan dunk sealed a place in the gold-medal game for the hosts.

 

The championship game saw a less than ideal start for the hometown team, but the Royals rode the incredible support from the Douglas College faithful in the gym and went blow for blow with the #1-seeded VIU Mariners. The Royals did struggle from beyond the arc, which contributed to the six-point deficit the Royals faced at the halftime buzzer.

 

Less than three minutes remained in the third and the Mariners had the lead, but a Dylan Kinley bucket and an and-1 layup from Mastandrea tied the game at 50 heading into the final quarter. The fourth quarter was a complete shootout as both sides scratched and clawed for supremacy in the PACWEST conference. With 1.2 seconds left and the score tied at 70, Courtney Anderson hit a perfectly executed isolation runner to give the Royals the lead and sending the New Westminster crowd into hysteria. But the Mariners were able to advance the ball on the timeout, and lobbed the inbounds pass to Tyus Barfoot who laid in the tying basket. The Mariners rode the momentum of the game-tying shot in overtime to win 89-82.

 

An incredible season for the Royals came to a close perhaps slightly too early, but the Royals have built an incredible foundation for which to build on in the 2019-20 season.