Revamped Royals return to New West for first home games of 2019

Revamped Royals return to New West for first home games of 2019

The Douglas College men's and women's basketball teams saw big changes in the offseason ahead of the 2018-19 season, but at the halfway point, the new-look squads were each sitting in second place in the PACWEST.

The Royals men's basketball team wasn't able to pull out a win against the Blues in their first game of the season as they lost 101-91. The Royals were out in front but a 40-point fourth quarter for Capilano forced an extra frame. Josiah Mastandrea had a team-high 20 points on 8-21 shooting, while Denver Sparks-Guest had nearly half of Capilano's points with 49 points on 16-29 shooting.

The Royals came out on top the next evening with a 101-86 win, shooting 62.5% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. Douglas had a huge opening quarter, nearly doubling up the hosts by putting up 27 points to the Blues' 14. The scoring was well distributed, as 9 of the 10 Royals players in this game got on the scoresheet. Courtney Anderson and Tyrone Asenoguan each surpassed 20 points, while Mastandrea hit 5 threes and put up 17 points.

This weekend, the Royals host the the Langara Falcons. The first game of the PACWEST season for Douglas was a road game at Langara, an exciting OT thriller that the Royals won 124-114 behind Courtney Anderson's 41 points. The two teams are neck and neck in the standings with the Royals a single win ahead of the Falcons, so this weekend's game could be as exciting as their previous meeting.

The Royals women's basketball team is one of the big stories of the 2018-19 PACWEST season. A team composed almost entirely of rookies, lead by last season's PACWEST Player of the Year, Rachel Beauchamp. Beauchamp leads the conference in points and rebounds per game, and ranks top five in blocks and field goal percentage. Beauchamp is one of just two players on the roster than aren't rookies, and her veteran presence has been invaluable to the Royals, whose plucky squad of rookies sat in second place at the halfway mark.

However, the first game back from break saw the Royals deal with a bit of holiday rust. Beauchamp's 18 points made her the only Royal to hit double digits, while the team shot just 28% from the field as a whole as the Royals were shut down 68-45. Reiko Ohama had a big game for Capilano with 25 points on 50% shooting.

The Royals had a much better outing on Saturday, but couldn't overcome a huge first quarter from Capilano. The Blues doubled up the Royals 20-10 in the opening frame, and though Douglas kept pace with the hosts from the second quarter on, they couldn't quite overcome the initial deficit and dropped their second straight game by a score of 61-53. The Royals received offense from much of their starting rotation, as Beauchamp, Malena Mokhovikova and Sydney Fraess all scored in the double digits.

The Royals host the 2-6 Langara Falcons this weekend. The Falcons are near the bottom of the PACWEST ladder, but before last weekend's sweep, were responsible for the only Royals loss of the season. Both teams will have much to play for when the game tips off at 5 PM on Saturday.