CBC Bearcats basketball opens Thursday

Men's, women's teams open at home against the Quest Kermodes

The CBC Bearcats men's and women's basketball teams open the PacWest season on Thursday against the Quest Kermodes.

After a bye on opening weekend, the CBC Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball teams hit the hardwood on Thursday to open the PacWest regular season.

The teams welcome the Quest Kermodes from Squamish, with the women tipping off at 6 p.m., and the men playing at 8 p.m.

The men are looking to improve on last season. which saw the club win just three games.

CBC will have to attempt that without star guard Kevin Davis, who has moved on to Bishop’s University in Quebec.

Key returning players for the men include Elijah Calhoun (sixth in league scoring and 10th in rebounds) and Umbori Watson (ninth in scoring and 11th in rebounds).

The team has eight rookie players, including Abbotsford players Drew Burnett (Abbotsford Christian Secondary grad) and Tamikah Otanga (Yale Secondary grad).

The women are aiming to build on a season in which they tied for the most wins ever in team history (six), and narrowly missed qualifying for the playoffs.

Overtime losses haunted the women last season, as the club lost two on the same weekend near the end of the season, which sealed their fate.

CBC will rely heavily on MEI grad Harvina Kaler, who led the team in points (eighth in league scoring) and rebounds and assists (second in the league) last season. Chilliwack’s Mandy van Delden (15th in league scoring) and Tolu Ojo from Vancouver (15th in league rebounds) will be other key players for the Bearcats.

After Quest, the teams host the Langara Falcons on Saturday. Game times are 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.

Just Posted

Abbotsford Police ‘speed watchers’ are tops in province

Volunteers record highest increase in patrol hours in ICBC challenge

UPDATE: Abbotsford woman reported missing from Chilliwack has been found

Alexis Neill, 26, located safe and sound, police say

Event supports women’s centre that is at risk of having to move

Abbotsford women’s recovery program holds annual Victory Walk

Son of slain former Hells Angel is one of two men sentenced for crime spree

Pair’s 2017 series of robberies included convenience store in Abbotsford

The Offspring and Sum 41 announce show in Abbotsford

Bands play Abbotsford Centre on Nov. 30 as part of Canadian leg of current tour

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

VIDEO: Organization’s stolen wheelchair van recovered on backroad near Hope

Wheelchair accessible van is only transportation for some people in Hope area

Officials say 50 Oppenheimer Park residents have agreed to leave, as deadline looms

Residents have been told they must be gone by 6 p.m. on Aug. 21

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

‘Do the right thing,’ implores sister of South Surrey stabbing victim

IHIT confirms male arrested in connection with Paul Prestbakmo’s death no longer in custody

Most Read