Bearcats and Mariners players battle for the ball in the paint during PACWEST action on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Bearcats and Mariners players battle for the ball in the paint during PACWEST action on Friday. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

CBC Bearcats basketball teams fall on opening weekend

Men’s, women’s teams drop games to VIU and Camosun to kick off regular season

Opening weekend proved to be a fruitless one for the Columbia Bible College Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The clubs hosted the Vancouver Island University Mariners for their PACWEST regular-season home opener on Friday, but failed to use the home court advantage.

The women opened up a 43-35 lead after the first half, but eventually fell 65-60 to the Mariners. CBC’s Harvina Kaler scored a team-high 20 points, and grabbed seven rebounds, six assists and five steals to lead the Bearcats. Sarah Rozendal added 19 points and four assists.

The men also had a solid first half, and were trailing 44-37, but in the second half the Mariners took over and picked up a 107-61 win.

Michael Olive scored a team-high 17 points, with Tim Dick adding 13 and Ty Cleland contributing with 11.

The teams then travelled to Victoria on Saturday to battle the Camosun Chargers.

After a decent first quarter, the women were outscored 21-7 in the second quarter and never recovered to lose 79-49.

Saturday’s top scorers were Makayla Starman (12 points and eight rebounds) and Anna Kamerman, who picked up 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

It was a similar story for the men, who only trailed 19-17 after one, but then were outscored 29-10 in the second quarter and never clawed back into the game and lost 99-71.

Cleland had a team-high 28 points and collected five rebounds, while Levi Joose added 15 and grabbed six rebounds. Kit Aviso-Mramor contributed with 12 points off the bench.

Both teams drop to a record of zero wins and two losses after the opening games.

Next up for the teams is a date with the Langara Falcons in Vancouver on Thursday. The clubs return home to host the Quest Kermodes on Saturday night. Tip-off is 5 p.m. for the women, and 7 p.m. for the men.

For more on the teams, visit blog.columbiabc.edu/bearcats.

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