Over Reading Week, the BU Bobcats played in the CIS West Play-In Series where the women faced off against Trinity Western Spartans while the men took on the Thompson River Wolfpack. The women's games took place in Langley BC, the men’s games took place here at home at the HLC. This sadly was the Basketball teams last official games of the season, as both the men and women lost in the third and final games.
The women's team had the best season they have ever had since their joining of the Canada West conference in 1999. The women finished the regular season with an 8-12 record and even won their first play-off game ever.
On February 16th when the Bobcats played their first game they made an average field goal percentage of .353% and took a close victory by 8 points. It was a tough game, where the teams traded blow for blow throughout all four quarters. The Bobcats came ahead in the final quarter going on a 10-2 run where Keisha Cox scored 5 points on her own.
On the 17th the Bobcats momentum was not enough to carry them through and the Spartans won a 13 point victory. Trinity Western had a better percentage of field goals and ended up taking a big league in the third quarter, which the Bobcats were unable to recover. The women's top player and greatest scorer was Keisha Cox.
On the 18th and final game the women did not go down without a fight. The Bobcats clawed and battled with the Spartans, as each quarter was within 5 points but ultimately ended with 60-67. It was a close game all the way through and incredible that the Bobcats were able to push the series to the last and third game. The women’s top players included Keisha Cox with 17 points, and Amy Williams with 18 points.
The men’s team had one of their best seasons in 8 years by making it to play-offs and getting a record of 9-11. The Bobcats made a huge turn around from last year where they only had a 1-19 season but their win in the play-offs was a big step forward for the program.
On February 17th the men won the first play-off game of the series with a score of 101-95. The Bobcats had a filed goal percentage of .549% where the men brought some serious heat to the court. The men were in the lead in every quarter and the lead scorer was Tyvon Cooper who made 30 points.
On February 18th the Bobcats faced a much tougher opponent and lost the firm footing that they had in the first series game. The men lost by 32 points and were dominated in every quarter by the Wolfpack. None of the Bobcats teammates were even able to score more than 13 points, with an overall average field goal percentage of .329%.
On the 19th the Bobcats played their final match of the series and took a loss where their road any further in the conference play-offs. The Bobcats lost 81-94 points and had a field goal percentage of .351% but by the third quarter Thompson Rivers was too far ahead for BU to catch up. The men’s top scorers were Tyvon Cooper who had 28 points, and Earl Thompson Jr. with 17 points.
The basketball teams have had their final games of the year and ultimately made great progress in their programs histories. Both men and women had proficient years where the coaches have obviously made some big changes and strides towards creating stronger teams. Congratulations goes out to the basketball teams for all their hard work and the big moves they made with their successful season. To check out any of the Bobcats official stats or updates please check out the Bobcat website at www.gobobcats.ca.