Ca­pers to hon­our se­nior bas­ket­ball play­ers.

Grad­u­at­ing Ca­pers play fi­nal home games this week­end

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Three mem­bers of the Cape Breton Ca­pers women’s bas­ket­ball team have been through ups and downs with their team over their ca­reers.

But Colleen Keane, Ja­lynn Skeir and Natasha Roach hope to have saved their best for last in their fi­nal sea­son. The Ca­pers host the Saint Mary’s Huskies tonight and Satur­day in their last games of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The trio, all in their fifth and fi­nal year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, will hit the hard­wood at Sul­li­van Field­house for the last time in a bit­ter­sweet farewell.

“It’s flown by. I’ll def­i­nitely miss it, miss the com­pe­ti­tion, prac­tices and hav­ing a team and a coach al­ways there to sup­port (you),” said Keane, 23, a 5-9 for­ward from Scar­bor­ough, Ont.

Skeir said this week­end will be a time to re­flect on their time with the pro­gram.

“To say that we were here dur­ing the rough times… for us to be part of that rough team and part of this team that could pos­si­bly win, it’s cool,” said the 22-year-old, 5-2 guard from Hal­i­fax.

Roach, a 5-7 guard, said she’ll never for­get her team­mates.

“Ev­ery one of my team mem­bers from first year to last year and how we all got bet­ter ev­ery year,” said the 23-year-old from Mon­treal. “The fun jokes, prac­tice times, and I’m go­ing to miss (head coach Fabian McKen­zie and as­sis­tant coach Doug Con­nors). I didn’t think I could get as good as I am now and as con­fi­dent as I am now.”

The Ca­pers women (12-6) are third in the con­fer­ence and are chas­ing first-place Saint Mary’s (14-4) in the stand­ings. CBU is look­ing to snap a four-game los­ing streak, their long­est of the sea­son.

The three play­ers have seen a big change since their first sea­son, when the young Ca­pers missed the play­offs with a 6-14 record. Now, they’re con­tenders for the At­lantic Univer­sity Sport cham­pi­onship.

“We’ve only missed the play­offs twice since I was here. One was their first year,” said head coach Fabian McKen­zie. “It was a to­tal re­build year and they gut­ted that out with me, so I have a lot of re­spect for them, the loy­alty and how hard they’ve worked to help us get back here. We’ve been in the play­offs ever since and they’ve been a huge part of it, all in dif­fer­ent ways.”

The Ca­pers men’s squad has one grad­u­at­ing player, fifthyear Seth Amoah of Mon­treal. The 6-2 guard won’t be in ac­tion this week­end, how­ever, due to in­jury. It’s been a tough sea­son on the in­jury front for Amoah, who’s ap­peared in only seven games in his fi­nal year.

“I re­ally wished that Seth’s se­nior year had gone dif­fer­ently for him,” said CBU men’s coach David Petroziello. “He would have been a great as­set to the team. He’s such a tremen­dous athlete and game-chang­ing athlete and a re­ally smart player on the floor that hav­ing him be ac­tive for us day in and day out in prac­tice and dur­ing the games def­i­nitely would have helped our team.”

The Ca­pers men (0-18) will look to get into the win col­umn against the third-place Huskies (11-7).

Tipoff tonight and Satur­day is 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men).

T.J. COLELLO/

Grad­u­at­ing Cape Breton Ca­pers women’s bas­ket­ball team mem­bers, from left, Natasha Roach, Ja­lynn Skeir and Colleen Keane will play for the fi­nal time at Sul­li­van Field­house this week­end when CBU wraps up its reg­u­lar sea­son against the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

VAUGHAN MER­CHANT

Fifth-year player Seth Amoah of Mon­treal won’t be in ac­tion this week­end due to in­jury.

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