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Langara Men's Basketball Try-Out
August 17, 2016
The Langara Men's Basketball team will be holding a try-out for the 2016-2017 season on Thursday September 8th from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Any interested players must contact head coach Paul Eberhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Falcons Named PACWEST All-Stars
Mar 2, 2016
Congratulations to our Falcons named to the PACWEST All-Star and All-Rookie Teams.
2nd Team All-Star
Rookie of the Year
2nd Team All-Star
Falcons Lock Up Third Place in PACWEST
Feb 25, 2016
The Langara Falcons lost a tough game on Friday night to the Douglas Royals but came back strong on Saturday to win the game with Capilano to decide third place in the PACWEST league standings. “We played very poorly against Douglas it what was one of our worst performances of the year,” said head coach Paul Eberhardt. “However I was very proud how we bounced back with a big win over Capilano.” The previous weekend the Falcons took care of business with their last two home games of the year beating the CBC Bearcats 81 to 72 and then the KPU Eagles 108 to 61.
On Friday the falcons travelled to New West to play the Douglas College Royals and both teams played rather sluggishly to start the game. Langara struggled with their shooting and turnovers but played well enough defensively to build a 37 to 35 lead at the half. The game remained close in the third quarter as Douglas tied the game at 52 when they hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. The fourth quarter was back and forth when Langara missed a short shot with 12 seconds left with the score tied at 68. On the ensuing rebound it appeared as if Langara had gathered the rebound but the official whistled a rebounding foul on the Falcons. “It is always disappointing when a call like that goes against you,” commented Coach Eberhardt. “It appeared to be a clean rebound and the foul gave Douglas a chance to take the lead at the free throw line with only 12 seconds left.” The Royals calmly sank both free throws to take the lead 70 to 68. Langara ran a great play and got off a close range shot with 7 seconds left and then had a chance to tip in the miss but both shots rimmed out. After a foul Douglas once again sank both free throws to win by the final margin of 72 to 68. “To be honest we didn’t play with enough intensity or enthusiasm and quite frankly deserved to lose this one,” commented Coach Ebe. Ravi Basra led the Falcons with 19 points and he also pulled down 9 rebounds and passed for 4 assists. Grant Galbraith had a solid double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Drake Downer had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Gary Minhas chipped in with 9 points and 7 rebounds while Harry Brar had 6 points and 5 boards.
With the loss to Douglas that set up a huge game on Saturday against the Capilano Blues as the winner would likely decide third place in the league standings. Once again the Falcons struggled early with their shooting but played solid defense to stay in the game as they trailed by four at half-time 32 to 36. “We were in a terrible shooting slump as against Douglas we were 0 for 15 from the three-point line and then we went 1 for 10 to start the game against Capilano,” noted Coach Ebe. Langara continued to struggle in the third quarter and with 5 minutes to go found themselves down by 13 points, 47 to 34. However led by strong play inside by Galbraith and a great burst of energy off the bench from Brar and Anthony Demch the Falcons closed the third quarter on a 20 to 1 run to take a 54 to 48 lead heading in to the last quarter. Langara continued their inspired play in the last quarter and led by as much as 19 before finally winning 78 to 64. Demch helped start the run with a big three point play and several offensive rebounds while Brar hit 3 consecutive three-point shots. “Harry and Anthony really got us going with their inspired play and Galbraith went to work inside to help us grab control of the game and get a huge win,” said Eberhardt. Galbraith went 11 for 12 from the field on his way to 25 points and 8 rebounds while Downer had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Basra was very good again with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists, while Brar had 12 points.
The Falcons have now secured third place and will play their opening round playoff game against the Camosun Chargers on Thursday March 3rd at Capilano College. The team still has one remaining league game as they will travel up to Squamish on Friday February 26th to play the 2nd place Quest Kermodes.
Falcons Get A Split On The Island
Feb 9, 2015
After losing last week to the 2nd place Quest Kermodes the Langara Falcons men’s basketball team travelled to Vancouver Island to play the Camosun Chargers and the VIU Mariners with the goal of making sure they protected their spot at 3rd place in the standings. While the Falcons were unable to win both nights they picked up a split by beating the Chargers on Friday and thus remain in 3rd place in the PCWEST standings. “We got the job done with our win against Camosun,” commented had coach, Paul Eberhardt. “VIU is still a notch above us but we are confident that we will be right there with them come playoff time.”
Friday’s game vs. Camosun was a good old fashion run and gun shootout as both teams scored early and often with the Chargers taking a 25 to 24 1st quarter lead. However the 2nd quarter saw the Falcons take their offense to another level as they put up 34 points to lead 58 to 45 at the half. Langara maintained their impressive scoring in the 3rd quarter extending their lead to 18 points leading 82 to 64 and they went on to win 101 to 83. Harry Brar had his best game as a Falcon as he came off the bench to score 25 points while Ravi Basra also scored 25 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 6 assists. “Harry has struggled with injuries this year and it is great to see him healthy again,” noted Coach Ebe. “He gave us a huge spark off the bench and we will need him as we move forward.” Gary Minhas also had a good night scoring 17 points and passing for 4 assists while Drake Downer and Grant Galbraith each chipped in with 11 points.
On Saturday the squad travelled to Nanaimo and faced the unbeaten #1 team in Canada, the VIU Mariners. The last time these teams met the Falcons gave them all they could handle before losing in overtime. This time however the Falcons got off to a slow start and found themselves down by 10 after the first quarter. Despite some improved play for the last 3 quarters the Mariners proved to be too tough and Langara could never get it closer than 10 points losing 82 to 62. “We seemed fatigued and lacked the necessary energy it would take to compete with VIU,” said a disappointed Eberhardt. “Hopefully we might get another crack at them in the PACWEST playoffs.” Galbraith led the team in scoring with 12 points while Basra had 11 points and 6 assists and Downer had 9 points and 9 rebounds.
The Falcons presently sit in 3rd place with a league record of 10 wins and 6 losses one game ahead of the Capilano Blues who are 9 and 7 and two games ahead of the Douglas Royals who are at 8 and 8. This weekend will be the Falcons last home games of the year as they take on the CBC Bearcats on Friday February 12th at 8:00pm and the KPU Eagles on Saturday February 13th at 7:00pm.
Falcons Move into Sole Possession of Third Place
Jan 26, 2016
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team travelled to Surrey and Abbotsford this weekend to play the KPU Eagles and the CBC Bearcats and came away with two big wins to move into sole possession of 3rd place in the PACWEST standings. “We got the job done this weekend and thus we are still in the running to try and catch Quest for 2nd place and a first round bye in the playoffs,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt.
On Friday the Falcons played Kwantlen and got of to a great start jumping all over the Eagles 15 to 0 and Langara maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the game winning by the final of 99 to 78. Drake Downer led the team in scoring with 25 points and he also grabbed 8 rebounds while Grant Galbraith also had 8 rebounds to go along with 16 points. Mitch Knippelberg also chipped in with 16 points and had 5 rebounds and Gary Minhas also scored in double-digits with 14 points and similarly had 5 rebounds. Point guard Ravi Basra was close to a triple-double with 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists while Kanwar Grewal chipped in with 8 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. “We did a better job of rebounding tonight which has been something we have bee trying to emphasize,” said Coach Ebe. Langara was also clicking on the fast break and in their half-court offense as they shot over 50% from the field.
On Saturday the Falcons played the CBC Bearcats who despite their record are a very tough team. The Bearcats have had close games with almost every team in the league and the last time they played the Falcons it was a close win for Langara by only 6 points. Once again Langara got off to a good start and led by as much as 12 in the first half but CBC had a strong finish and cut the lead to five as Langara led 42 to 37 at halftime. The game remained tight in the 3rd quarter but with a couple of key hoops near the end of the quarter Langara took a 62 to 55 lead going in to the last quarter. The fourth quarter started with Langara playing their best basketball of the night as they went on a 14 to 4 run to open up a 17 point lead and put the game away winning by a final of 90 to 79. “I was pleased with how we took control of the game in the 4th quarter,” said Coach Eberhardt. “This has been something that we have been trying to focus on and it was very satisfying to see the boys respond in that way.” Basra had an amazing game as he posted the first triple-double of his College career with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. “Ravi has been playing great basketball as of late and I knew it was just a matter of time before he notched a triple-double,” noted Eberhardt. Downer continued his impressive play as he scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds and Galbraith also had a strong night with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Minhas chipped in with 11 points and passed for 3 assists while Knippelberg had 8 points.
The Falcons league record now stands at 9 wins and 4 losses which leave them 2 games ahead of 4th place Capilano and 2 games behind Quest who they play this Friday January 29th at 8:00pm at Langara. The Falcons also received some National recognition in the most recent CCAA rankings as they were ranked as the #15 team in Canada.
Falcons take #1 VIU to Overtime
Jan 18, 2016
The Langara Falcons came within seconds of beating the #1 team in the nation, the VIU Mariners, but in the end fell 87 to 85 in overtime. “I am extremely proud of the boys and the effort they gave,” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt. ‘Even though we came up short it is a very positive step for our team.”
The first quarter was very physical with VIU dominating the boards but the Falcons were very efficient on offense and led 18 to 17. Langara stepped up their offense in the 2nd quarter scoring 25 points to lead 43 to 36 at the break. VIU came out very strong in the 3rd quarter and held Langara to only 11 points and heading in to the final frame the score was tied at 54. The final quarter went back and forth with the lead changing several times. With the game tied at 74 and 30 seconds left VIU had the ball however the Falcons played great defense getting the stop they needed but their short shot attempt at the buzzer was blocked sending the game in to overtime. The overtime featured several great plays and with VIU leading by 6 points with 1:30 to go Ravi Basra had the hot hand hitting back to back three-pointers to tie the game at 84 with 45 seconds left. The Falcons once again played great defense and Basra was fouled with 15 seconds to go and he made 1 of 2 free throws to give Langara an 85 to 84 lead. The Falcons once again needed a stop but unfortunately VIU hit the winning hoop with 5 seconds left and Langara’s long buzzer beater came up short giving VIU the 87 to 85 win. Basra had an absolutely spectacular game scoring a career high 37 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and passing for 5 assists. “Ravi had a great weekend and is showing that he is one of the top point guards in the entire league,” commented Eberhardt. Drake Downer scored 15 points and had 7 rebounds while Mitch Knippelberg also had 7 rebounds and he scored 10 points.
The previous night the Falcons played the Camosun Chargers from Victoria in an important game that would have the winner taking 3rd place in the standings. Langara got off to a terrible start and played very poor defense allowing the Chargers to jump out to a 27 to 19 first quarter lead. The team found their defensive intensity in the second quarter and held Camosun to only 12 points and they cut the deficit to only 5 points at the half, 34 to 39. Langara continued their defensive intensity in to the third quarter where they were able to take a 2 point lead heading in to the final frame. The fourth quarter was dominated by the Falcons and they pulled away to win 86 to 71. “Great second half but we simply have to be more consistent for the full game,” noted Coach Ebe. Basra had a great night with a career high 10 assists and he also scored 19 points while Downer led the team in scoring and rebounding with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Knippelberg hit 3 triples and scored 15 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds and Grant Galbraith chipped in with 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. “Beating Camosun was important as it keeps us in 3rd place and we still have a shot at catching Quest for 2nd place,” said Eberhardt.
The team now has a record of 7 wins and 4 losses and travels to Surrey and Abbotsford next weekend to play the Kwantlen Eagles and the CBC Bearcats
Falcons Split Weekend Series
Jan 12, 2016
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team returned to action this weekend after the long exam break, and playing at Langara beat Douglas on Friday 70 to 62, but lost a close one to Capilano on Saturday 90 to 89. “It was fun to be back and playing again but there was certainly some rust in our play.” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt.
The first quarter against the Royals was somewhat sloppy and ended in a 16 to 16 tie. Langara got their offense going in the 2nd quarter scoring 22 points and they took a 38 to 30 lead in to the half. Both teams struggled shooting the ball for most of the night especially in the 3rd quarter but the Falcons held on to lead by four 45 to 41. Langara continued to play well defensively in the last quarter and were very strong on the boards and Douglas was not able to get any closer as Langara won 70 to 62. Ravi Basra led the way for the Falcons with 20 points and he also grabbed 6 rebounds and passed for 2 assists. The first year point guard continues to play well for the Falcons and he is presently 2nd in the league in assists per game. Drake Downer continues his consistent play and recorded a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds while big man Grant Galbraith chipped in with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Mitch Knippelberg played well defensively and pulled down 8 rebounds and Gary Minhas also did a great job in guarding the Douglas perimeter players. Both teams shot poorly with Douglas only hitting on 27% of their shots and the Falcons hitting only 33%. “We were not at our best tonight but our dominance on the boards was the key to us pulling out the win,” commented Coach Ebe
On Saturday the team played North Shore rival the Capilano Blues. Langara got off to a strong start and were up by as many as 10 in the first half but the Blues remained resilient and came on strong to end the half with the Falcons leading by three 44 to 41. The game stayed close the rest of the way with neither team ever leading by more than five points. With Langara leading by one with 40 seconds to go Capilano hit a big three pointer to take a 2 point lead but on Langara’s next possession Basra was fouled and hit both free throws to tie the game at 88 with 23 seconds left. Capilano held for the last shot and picked up a rather dubious foul call with 4 seconds left. “I thought we played great defense on that last possession but the referee clearly saw something I didn’t and he called the foul,” stated Eberhardt. The Blues made 1 out of 2 free throws to take a one point lead so Langara called a time-out to advance the ball to the font court. Ravi Basra curled to the hoop and was partially blocked on his lay-up attempt but the ball went out of bounds giving the Falcons another chance with 1.6 seconds left. The Falcons executed very well on the inbounds play and Kanwar Grewal narrowly missed a tough contested shot as the Falcons lost a heart breaker 90 to 89. Basra led the team in scoring again with 24 points and he also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists while Downer continued his great play with 23 points and 4 rebounds. Angelo Wilchcombe has his best game as a Falcon as he was a perfect 5 for 5 off the bench for 10 points while Galbraith had 14 points and 7 rebounds and Grewal added 9 points and 4 rebounds. “It is always tough to lose a game when a call goes against you but that is the nature of the game and we need to play better to avoid being put in those situations,” said Eberhardt.
With a record of 6 wins and 3 losses the Falcons remain in 3rd place one game ahead of Capilano and their next opponent, the Camosun Chargers. The team plays the Chargers at 8:00pm on Friday January 15th and then the #1 team in the nations, The VIU Mariners, on Saturday January 16th at 3:00pm, both games are at Langara.
Falcons Grab Sole Posession Of Third Place
Nov 24, 2015
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team travelled to the Island for their last two PACWEST games of the first semester and after losing big to the VIU Mariners the team responded the next day with an impressive win over the Camosun Chargers. “VIU is the #1 team in the country for a reason,” stated head coach Paul Eberhardt. “They are big, talented, deep and very well coached. It is our goal to improve enough by the end of the year so we will be able to compete with them.”
The Falcons got off to a terrible start against the Mariners and after a couple of minutes they were trailing 10 to 0. The team managed to get their composure back but they were still trailing 25 to 13 after the first quarter. While Langara could not get any closer they did play even with VIU in the next two quarters and were trailing by 14 after three quarters. However in the fourth quarter the Mariners showed their superior depth and toughness as they pulled away to win 102 to 78. “We got destroyed on the boards,” said Coach Ebe. “We must do a better job on the glass if we are going to compete with the #1 team in Canada.” Gary Minhas led the way for the Falcons with 24 points while Ravi Basra had 16 points and Kanwar Grewal scored 10 points. Grant Galbraith had 9 points and 5 rebounds while Mitch Knippelberg also had 5 boards and Basra led in assists with 5.
On Saturday the Falcons travelled down to Victoria to play the Camosun Chargers in their last league game of 2015. With Langara sitting at 4 wins and 2 losses and Camosun sitting at 3 wins and 3 losses this game would determine who would be in third place. The Chargers started strong and the Falcons struggled at both ends of the floor and Camosun went in to the half with a comfortable 45 to 34 lead. “We looked tired and disinterested in the 1st half,” said Eberhardt. “I challenged the boys at half-time to show greater intensity and heart and fortunately they were a different team in the 2nd half.” The Falcons played great defense in the third quarter which ignited their offense as they out scored the Chargers 21 to 12 trailing only 57 to 55 at the start of the fourth quarter. Langara continued their strong play in the fourth quarter and trailing by one point with 45 seconds to go Drake Downer hit a huge three-pointer to give the Falcons a 75 to 73 lead as they went on to win 77 to 74. “Very happy for Drake as he had many family and friends at the game cheering him on,” said Eberhardt. Downer led the team in scoring with 20 points and he also pulled down 6 rebounds while Basra also had a strong game with 17 points and Galbraith contributed 16 points. Knippelberg added 8 points and 3 assists and Grewal also had 8 points.
The Falcons head in to the exam break with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses which puts them in sole possession of third place in the PACWEST and they are presently ranked as the #13 team in Canada.
Falcons Extend Win Streak To Four Games
Nov 18, 2015
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team had another very successful weekend as they won both of their games over the Capilano Blues and the Douglas Royals. “I am very pleased with the progress we are showing as a team,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt. “We showed great competitiveness coming back from double digit deficits both nights.”
On Friday the Falcons visited the Sportsplex in North Vancouver to take on the Capilano Blues. The first quarter was evenly matched as both teams traded baskets and the Falcons held on to a slim 22 to 20 lead. However the second quarter is when Langara started to falter and the Blues out scored the Falcons 21 to 11 to take an 8 point lead at the half. Langara started to slowly chip away at the Blues lead and by the end of the third quarter the Falcons had the lead by one at 58 to 57. The fourth quarter was back an forth until about 2 minutes remaining when the Falcons Vancouver Island connection of Mitch Knippelberg and Drake Downer caught fire. They hit 3 consecutive three-point baskets to give the Falcons the lead and then Ravi Basra nailed two free throws with seconds remaining to secure the 84 to 79 victory. “I was very pleased to see Mitch hit those clutch shots, said Coach Ebe. “He had been struggling with his shot a little bit and hitting those huge threes will help him greatly with his confidence.” Knippelberg ended up 3 for 5 from the three-point line with 9 points for the game. Downer led the team with 26 points including 5 for 10 from the three-point line and 7 for 7 from the foul line and he also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kanwar Grewal had a big game off the bench scoring 22 points on 8 of 10 shooting and a perfect 6 for 6 on his free throws. Grant Galbraith was solid inside scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds while Basra had 9 points and 5 assists.
On Saturday the team travelled to New Westminster to play a veteran Douglas Royals team who had been struggling early in the season. Once again the Falcons got off to a great first quarter start and led the Royals 24 to 20 after the quarter. Unfortunately Langara once again struggled in the second quarter only scoring 13 points and they trailed the host Royals 41 to 37 at the half. “We have to find a way to improve our second quarter performances,” said Eberhardt. Douglas continued their strong play and led by as much as 14 in the third quarter and they took a comfortable 73 to 62 lead in to the fourth. However the Falcons showed great determination and mounted an impressive fourth quarter comeback led once again by Knippelberg and Downer hitting huge three point shots and then Galbraith finishing strong inside to secure an 89 to 85 win for Langara. The Falcons out scored the Royals 27 to 12 in the final quarter. Downer was once again huge with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Galbraith had 18 points and 8 rebounds and Gary Minhas also had 18 points and passed for 5 assists. Knippelberg scored 14 points while Basra had 8 points and 7 assists. “Drake is truly showing that he is one of the top players in the PACWEST,” contends Coach Eberhardt. “He loves playing in the big moments and has been truly been at his best when his best was needed.”
Next up for the Falcons is a trip to Vancouver Island where they will take on the #1 team in the country, The VIU Mariners, on Friday November 20th at 8:00pm and then they will travel down to Victoria to take on the Camosun Chargers on Saturday November 21st at 3:00pm. Langara is presently in 3rd place in the PACWEST with 4 wins and 1 loss.