NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Two years removed from their CCAA silver medal finish, Joe Enevoldson and the Douglas College Royals are once again loading up with top-tier talent.
Last season, the Royals began a new chapter without the services of Grant Campbell, the PacWest Conference’s all-time leading scorer. The Royals finished the regular season with a 12-6 record in league play, four games back of the eventual national champion VIU Mariners.
It was a slight step backwards when compared to their second-place finish at Nationals back in 2017-18, but there’s a ton to look forward to for the Royals this season.
Nine of the players listed on the Royals’ roster last season were in either their first or second year of eligibility, and they had just one player who was in his fifth year (Sylvester Appiah). With a slew of talent back from last year’s team, the Royals are once again considered a front-runner for the league crown while being one of the top-ranked teams in the country.
On Monday, the Royals announced that another talented player had committed to the program for the 2019-20 season, bringing with him a high level of talent and experience from his time at the U Sports level in the Canada West Conference.
It was announced on Monday night that guard Sagar Dulay had committed to the Douglas College men’s program for the upcoming season, increasing the level of talent on the Royals’ roster in the process.
The announcement was made on social media late Monday night.
Dulay last suited up for the Fraser Valley Cascades back in the 2017-18 season. Over his 20 regular season appearances that year, four of which were starts, Dulay averaged 5.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 29.4% from the floor and 28.3% from three-point range.
That year, Dulay recorded three games with double-digit points, two of which came on back-to-back nights against the Winnipeg Wesmen. He went for 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor back on November 17th, 2017 in a two-point loss for the Cascades against the Wesmen, 90-88. He followed that up with 10 points the next night in a 67-59 win for Fraser Valley.
Later that season, Dulay matched his season-high with 14 points in a win over the Trinity Western Spartans to open the 2018 calendar year.
The addition of Dulay to the mix for the Royals gives them another offensive weapon on the back end. He is a player who can get hot and carry a team offensively when he finds his stroke from beyond the arc. Factor in his experience of playing at the top level in the country as a member of the Canada West Conference, and the addition is a home run for Enevoldson and Douglas College.
– T. Bennett