VIU basketball can’t be beat so far

NANAIMO – The Vancouver Island University Mariners have taken advantage of home court to get off to scorching starts this season.

The Vancouver Island University Mariners have taken advantage of home court to get off to scorching starts this season.

VIU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are both undefeated after beating the Quest Kermodes and Capilano Blues this past Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the VIU gym.

The men’s M’s won 76-65 against the Kermodes on Friday, then handled the Blues 80-58 the following afternoon.

VIU’s women’s team hung on for a 69-67 win over Quest on Friday and then beat Cap 72-61 in the next day’s matinee.

Friday’s men’s matchup was a three-point game going into the fourth quarter, when the home team was able to create separation. Brandon Jones led his squad with 19 points and Jason Fortin supplied 17 points and nine rebounds. Jerod Dorby and Seth Goodman each dropped in 10 points.

The next day it was Clayton Billett leading the M’s with 22 points. Jones had 19 points to go with nine rebounds and Goodman scored 14 points and hauled down 10 boards.

In women’s action, Shayna Worthington was top scorer for VIU on Friday with 18 points and Jocelyn Jones had 17 points, six assists and six steals. Heather McCarthy scored 13 points.

On Saturday, Worthington and Jones scored 20 points apiece.

GAME ON … The VIU Mariners basketball teams continue their homestand this Friday (Nov. 22) on Island Rivalry weekend against Victoria’s Camosun Chargers. The women tip off at 6 p.m., then the men at 8 p.m.