Royals Basketball 2018-19 Semester Recap

Royals Basketball 2018-19 Semester Recap

 

This year's Royals women's basketball team is formed almost entirely out of rookies, lead by fifth-year veteran forward Rachel Beauchamp. Beauchamp dominates the PACWEST rebound leaderboard, grabbing 14.7 boards per game - 3.5 more than the next closest player. Beauchamp also ranks in the top five in blocks, points per game and field goal percentage, and has made more baskets than any other player in the conference.

Forward Malena Mokhovikova has also been big on the glass, pulling down 7 rebounds a game, most of them coming on offense. Mokhovikova has also been dominant defensively - she leads the PACWEST in blocks. Rebounds and blocks have been huge for the Royals - Douglas averages 9.7 more boards per game than their opponents, and records 5.7 blocks a game to an opponent's average of just 1.5 blocks.

The Royals started off the season with a tough road loss to the Langara Falcons but responded the following day with a 51-35 victory over the CBC Bearcats. Their only other loss this season came at the hands of the undefeated VIU Mariners. In the last week of play the Royals won a thrilling 73-68 shootout against the Capilano Blues came down to the wire in the final minutes.

The final Royals home game of 2018 saw huge performances from Sydney Fraess, who has been another star of this Royals team, and Jessica Castillo, who put up 13 points off the bench. Fraess iced the game the following night by hitting back-to-back-to-back threes for a crucial nine-point swing against the Okanagan College Coyotes as the Royals beat the PACWEST newcomers by ten points. Fraess earned PACWEST Athlete of the Week honours for her two fantastic performances, and was later named a CCAA Athlete of the Week as well.


The Royals men's basketball team has looked dangerous in the early stages of the 2018-19 season. Douglas leads the PACWEST in steals and ranks top 3 in rebounds and points per game. Third-year guard Courtney Anderson has been a big scoring threat for the Royals, ranking second in the conference in points per 40 minutes and sporting a 3-point percentage of 40%. Anderson's 41-point, 10-rebound  performance in the season-opening visit to Langara set the tone for his season, where he's been a great scoring option but has an impact all over the court. 

Somewhat remarkably, forward Shane Toporowski has missed just one shot all season, going 25-26 on the year and sporting a ridiculous 96.2 field goal percentage, while rookie Tyrone Asenoguan has been one of the most versatile players in the province. Aseonguan leads the PACWEST in steals, and ranks top ten in blocks, points, and rebounds. 

The Royals began their season with a 124-114 win over the Langara Falcons in overtime. Courtney Anderson was huge in overtime, scoring 13 of the Royals' 18 points in OT, while the Falcons were held to just 8. Douglas followed up the victory by beating the CBC Bearcats 97-90 in their home opener, featuring a 27-point performance by Josiah Mastandrea, who went 7-13 from three-point land. Dylan Kinley had a big night off the bench, putting up 21 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes of play. The Royals were handed their first two losses of the season by Camosun and VIU, but bounced back in a big way by beating the Blues 93-73 and dominating the Okanagan College Coyotes 112-70 to put them at 4-2 and a single game back of the top spot in the PACWEST conference.