Bearcats’ playoff dreams fade

Women's team drops third overtime game of season to miss playoffs

CBC's Harvina Kaler drives to the hoop during Pacwest basketball action against Camosun on Saturday.

CBC's Harvina Kaler drives to the hoop during Pacwest basketball action against Camosun on Saturday.

In the end, it was overtime that killed the playoff dreams of the CBC Bearcats women’s basketball team.

In a must-win game on Saturday on home court, the Bearcats battled in overtime for the third time this season, and for the third time they lost.

CBC fell 75-72 to the Camosun Chargers in overtime, and the loss eliminated their hopes of qualifying for the postseason for the first time ever.

The Chargers snagged the sixth seed, but the Bearcats can take pride in the fact that their five wins so far this season are the most ever for the school in Pacwest play.

Harvina Kaler had a team-high 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals, while Sarah Rozendal added 19 points and six assists.

The Bearcats had a nine-point lead at the half, but couldn’t hang on for the win. The extra period saw the Chargers outscore CBC 5-2.

The women also lost 65-43 to the Vancouver Island University Mariners on Friday. Guard Grace Tadorus led the way with 14 points and three steals in a losing effort.

The CBC men’s team also failed to make the playoffs, and ended their home schedule with a pair of losses on Friday and Saturday.

Friday saw the Mariners outscore CBC 27-14 in the second quarter to cruise to the 105-79 win.

The Bearcats were out-rebounded 52-34, but got good performances offensively from Umbori Watson (20 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Elijah Calhoun (19 points, eight rebounds and five steals).

The Bearcats started slowly again on Saturday, falling behind 48-31 in the first half and losing 98-74 to the Camosun Chargers.

Camosun shot 51 per cent from the field, and capitalized on CBC’s turnovers, scoring 29 points off the 24 errors.

Watson had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Si Woo Youn added 17 points.

The teams conclude the season on the road in Surrey, where they battle the Kwantlen Eagles.