It was a victorious weekend for the Men’s Royals as they buried the CBC Bearcats on both Friday and Saturday night.
Friday saw Douglas beat CBC by an astounding 46 points, 109-63. Freshman guard Josiah Mastandrea led the Royals with 17 points off the bench. Sylvester Appiah also dropped 14 in the win. The Royals were hot from the field, shooting an impressive 51 percent.
Saturday was a special night as our five seniors were recognized for their accomplishments over their PacWest careers. The night was capped off in glorious fashion as Douglas won their second straight by a score of 94 to 69. Josiah Mastandrea had another impressive game with 17 points off the bench and four boards. Two seniors also had productive nights, as Noah DeRappard-Yuswack dropped 16 and collected seven rebounds. All-time PacWest leading scorer and senior Grant Campbell also had 12 points in the win.
This was the last home game of their Royals careers for Noah DeRappard-Yuswack, Grant Campbell, Paul Getz, Karun Samra, and Ethan Mckean.
For DeRappard-Yuswack and Getz, who came over this year after spending the previous four years with the Quest Kermodes, praised the culture they have been fortunate to be a part of in their lone year as Royals.
“It has been a great experience to be a part of the Royal family. In just the short amount of time I have been here I have felt accepted by the community,” DeRappard-Yuswack said.
“All of my teachers have been extremely supportive of the athletic program and even more helpful in the classroom. My teammates, coaches, and all of the athletics staff have been welcoming and organized,” He added.
Getz has been very happy with the type of environment that surrounds the team.
“In my only year here, I have really appreciated the welcoming environment. Based on the cohesiveness of our team and the accepting atmosphere, it has felt like I have been here for five years. The group of people that I have gotten to know and have gotten close to over the year has really made for a great experience and great times here at Douglas,” Getz stated.
Grant Campbell, who has averaged 15.8 points per game during his five year tenure with the Royals, is still in awe that he’s the all-time leading scorer in league history.
“To be the all time leading scorer in PacWest history is extremely humbling. It makes me think back to the early years of my career and reminisce about all the ups and downs I have encountered, and all the people that have contributed to my career. I’m so thankful for my coaches and teammates who have molded me into the player I am today and my family for being my biggest fans,” Campbell said.
Campbell also had praise for how Douglas has shaped him into an overall better human being over five years.
“Douglas has essentially been my home for the past five years and the lessons I have learned throughout my time here have not only developed me as a student athlete, but also as a person.” Campbell added.
Next, we have Ethan McKean. An extremely talented shooter from three-point range, the senior took a couple years off from playing at Douglas and I asked him why he decided to return for his final year.
“To win a gold medal,” he said. “It was a combination of the guys and coaching staff that were currently apart of the team, and the direction in which the team was heading. I knew we would have potential to be great, and I wanted one last shot at a provincial title”.
For 6’7 Karun Samra, he voiced how thankful he is to be a part of an athletic program that is so tightly knit.
“For me, being a part of the Royals family has meant a lot. I love how close the athletic community is at Douglas, not just with the athletes, but with everyone that helps us do what we do,” he said.
“Our game days wouldn’t be possible without the whole game day crew, our athletic trainers, and whoever else played a role, significant or not.”
Head coach Joe Enevoldson voiced how lucky his team is to have five seniors who not just bring talent, but also leadership and experience.
“All five are great guys, we have been pretty fortunate to have five fifth year guys who know how to a good teammate, know how to play the game and be leaders,” said Enevoldson.
The Royals currently sit in fourth place with an 8 and 6 record. There are just four games left in conference play before the playoffs, so these five seniors will look to finish off their careers with a bang as Douglas eyes a shot at a provincial title.
Artcile by Quinn Allen.