Bearcats take down Eagles

CBC men's and women's basketball teams defeat Kwantlen

CBC's Mandy Van Delden pushes the ball forward during Pacwest basketball action on Saturday.

CBC's Mandy Van Delden pushes the ball forward during Pacwest basketball action on Saturday.

The CBC Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball teams kept their playoff hopes afloat with wins over the Kwantlen Eagles on Saturday.

The women’s team led from start to finish, opening up a 20-11 lead on the Eagles in the first quarter, and leading 36-23 at the half.

CBC buried the Eagles in the third, outscoring them 25-7 to cruise to the 77-47 win.

The Bearcats held the Eagles to just 22 per cent shooting, and CBC’s playmaking abilities were on display, besting Kwantlen 22-8 in assists. The Eagles also committed 35 turnovers in the loss.

CBC guard Mandy Van Delden led the way for the Bearcats, with 22 points, seven steals and four rebounds.

She also shot nine of 18 from the field and had three assists. Deanna Esau also had a strong game, with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Vanessa Funk added 11 points and five rebounds.

The win is the second straight for the women, who sit in a tie for fifth place in the Pacwest, with a record of five wins and nine losses. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs, and the women’s team has never made it.

The men also continued a playoff push, with a 91-83 win over the Eagles.

CBC had a five-point lead at the half, and then sealed the deal in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Eagles 27-18.

The Bearcats shot a sizzling 48 per cent from the field, and out-rebounded the Eagles 50-32.

CBC guard Jamie Konard scored a team-high 24 points in the win. Billy Bosch scored 18 points off the bench, and Elijah Calhoun picked up 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Umbori Watson added 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

The men now have a record of two wins and 12 losses, and rank seventh in the Pacwest. They need to win five of their last seven games, and hope for teams above them to lose in order to qualify for the playoffs.

Both teams return to home court on Friday for games against the Capilano Blues. The women tip off at 6 p.m., and the men at 8 p.m. The Bearcats then host the Douglas Royals on Saturday, with games starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.