The Camosun Chargers power into town to take on the hometown Heat in the final weekend of regular season basketball action. The Camosun teams have had mixed seasons so far as one has done exceptionally well, while the other has not.
The Camosun women’s team (12-4) have been strong all season long, especially two weekends ago when they toppled Vancouver Island University in the midst of their current five-game winning streak. Pacing the team are Chelsea McMullen who is second in league scoring with 16.8 points per game, and Teresa Hartrick who ranks eighth with 13.7. For the Heat to come on top of the Chargers, they will have to contain these two stand-outs.
The Heat men’s team should have an easier battle than the women’s as the Camosun men’s team limps into their final weekend with a meagre 3-13 record. However, the Heat men have nowhere to go this weekend as their BCCAA ranking will be the same whether they win or lose this weekend’s games. Either way, they will be 3rd going into the Provincials, just missing out on that valuable first-round bye. Camosun’s Tyler Olsen and Blake Mansbridge both have the offensive skills to make some noise for their club, and will have to be watched by the Heat defenders.
Heading into the final weekend, the Heat women rank second in the BCCAA and tenth in the nation. However, they are in a strong position to steal first place as they are only one game behind the UNBC Thunderbirds, who face third-ranked VIU in a tough, final weekend match-up the Heat players will have their eye on. Whether they finish first or second, the Heat women will have a first-round bye at the Provincials in March. The Heat men are ranked 13th nationally, and will face some tough teams in the upcoming Provincials as VIU and UNBC are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively.