Article by Quinn Allen.
The Douglas College Royals basketball teams both came away victorious on Friday night at home against VIU, but dropped both games to the Mariners on Saturday afternoon in New West.
Friday night saw the Men’s Royals give the Mariners their first loss of the season by a score of 78-59. Noah DeRappard-Yuswack led Douglas with 20 points in the win while collecting nine rebounds and shooting 8 for 10 from the field. Senior guard Grant Campbell was right behind Yuswack, dropping 19 points and collecting six rebounds. Senior Ethan Mckean also chipped in 12 points as he went 4 for 8 from downtown. Tyus Barfoot led the Mariners with 17 points in the loss.
The Women’s Royals just hung on for the victory over VIU Friday evening, beating the Mariners 57-50. Senior Sarah Jorgenson led the Royals in the win with 19 points, while shooting an impressive 7 for 12 from the field. Rachel Beauchamp collected her third double double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards. The Royals shot 32% from the field in the win. Danielle Vanbergen led the Mariners with 15 points off the bench.
On Saturday afternoon The Men’s Royals struggled to keep the Mariners offense at bay as they lost by a score of 84 to 58. Kameron Johnson led Douglas off the bench, dropping 14 points in the loss. Grant Campbell also had 8 points for the Royals. Usama Zaid led VIU with 33 points. The Mariners shot 50% from the field in this game, while the Royals shot 32%. Josiah Mastandrea also contributed 9 points for Douglas .
The Women’s Royals lost an absolute nailbiter to the Lady Mariners on Saturday by a score of 66-65. The two went toe to toe all afternoon long but VIU managed to come out victorious. Rachel Beauchamp led Douglas with yet another double double, scoring 21 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Nanaya Maki also had 12 points and nine boards in the tough loss. Simran Bir added 11 points off the bench for the Royals. VIU’s Kaitlyn LaFontaine led the Mariners off the bench, dropping 15 in the win.
The Men currently sit in fifth place in the Pacwest with a 6 and 6 record, while the Women sit in third at 8 and 4.
Next up for the two teams will be a matchup with The CBC Bearcats this Friday and Saturday at home. Tip off for the Women will be at 6pm on Friday, and 8pm for the men. On Saturday, the women will play at 5pm, and the men at 7.