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Feb 15, 2017
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team came oh so close to beating their Island rivals, the VIU Mariners, but came up short in the 4th quarter losing a tight game 84 to 76. “It was a very competitive well played game,” noted Langara head coach Paul Eberhardt. “VIU simply executed better and hit some big shots in the 4th quarter.” The loss virtually wraps up 1st place for the Mariners but Langara will still be highly motivated to finish the league strong and lock up 2nd place and get the all important first round playoff bye. The Falcons played a strong first half against VIU and led by 8 at the half 42 to 34. The Mariners stormed back in the third quarter and heading in to the last period the game was tied at 56. The fourth quarter was back and forth with several lead changes but in the end VIU hit their shots at the right time and the Falcons could not match them. Leading Langara in scoring was Ravi Basra with 21 points while Mindy Minhas had 16 points, Harry Brar had 15 points and Drake Downer added 11 points. Minhas led in rebounding with 10 while Brar had 9 and Ranjodh Hare had 8.
The next afternoon the Falcons took on the Camosun Chargers and played some of their best defense of the year holding Camosun to only 63 points on their way to an 82 to 63 victory. “We played very aggressively on both ends of the floor and took control of the game early,” noted Eberhardt. Langara had very balanced scoring with Basra, Minhas, and Grant Galbraith each scoring 14 points while Brar had 12 points and Royce Sargeant had 8 points. Brar led in rebounds with 9 while Kanwar Grewal had 6 and Basra led in assists with 7 and he also managed to get 4 steals.
A mid week game scheduled with Quest for February 8th was cancelled due to the snow (it will be replayed on Wed Feb 22nd) but the weather improved on Friday so the team was able to travel to Abbotsford and play the CBC Bearcats. Once again the Falcons dominated defensively and forced numerous turnovers to spark their transition game. Langara got up big early and never allowed the Bearcats back in to the game as they cruised to a 111 to 73 victory. Basra once again led in scoring with 19 points and he also pulled down 4 rebounds and passed for 8 assists. Back-up point guard Royce Sargeant has his best game as a Falcon as he scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed for 8 assists and also had an impressive 7 steals. Galbraith had a big night in the paint shooting 8 for 9 and getting 16 points while Brar had 15 points and 6 steals. Antonio Jhuty chipped in with 15 points off the bench while Mindy Minhas continued his streak of double-digit scoring with 11 points. Ranjodh Hare was a beast on the boards with 11 rebounds while Anthony Demch helped out on the glass with 5 boards.
The Falcons now have 12 wins and 3 losses on the season and are presently ranked #12 in Canada. The team plays their last home game of the year on Friday February 17th at 8:00pm against the Capilano Blues and a win over the Blues would lockup 2nd place in the PACWEST standings.
Falcons beat Capilano to stay on top of the PACWEST
Jan 30, 2017
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team had a strong week beating the Douglas Royals and the Capilano Blues to remain in first place in the PACWEST. The team beat the Royals in a rare Wednesday night game 79 to 70 and then on Friday at Capilano beat the Blues 87 to 76 in a first place showdown.
Against the Royals the Falcons started slow and were trailing 27 to 18 after the first quarter but a stronger second quarter brought them back in to the game as they only trailed by one 40 to 39. “We were very passive at both ends of the floor at the start of the game which enabled Douglas to jump all over us for the early lead,” stated head coach Paul Eberhardt. In the third quarter the game remained close but Douglas managed to keep the lead and actually extend it to 5 points leading 52 to 47. The Falcons really picked up their defense in the fourth quarter and began to completely dominate the boards and held the Royals to only 8 points as they pulled away late to win 79 to 70. Ranjodh Hare was a force on the defensive end and was all over the boards as he pulled down 14 rebounds and was selected as the Dublin Crossing Player of the Game. “Ranjodh is a huge ball of energy and his intensity was the main reason we were able to pull out this win,” said Coach Ebe. Leading the team in scoring was Grant Galbraith with 15 points while Antonio Jhuty had 14 points, Ravi Basra 13 points, and Harry Brar had 12 points. Brar also chipped in with 7 boards while Mindy Minhas had 6 and Basra also had 6 rebounds and passed for 8 assists.
On Friday the squad travelled to North Vancouver to take on the Capilano Blues who are presently tied with Langara and VIU for 1st place. The first quarter was very up-tempo with both teams performing strong at the offensive end and the Blues clung to a 24 to 23 lead. In the second quarter the Falcons picked up their defensive intensity and went on an 11 to 1 run as they took the half-time lead 47 to 41. Langara extended their lead to 12 points after the third quarter and managed to maintain at least a 7 point lead throughout the last quarter as they won by the final of 87 to 76. Harry Brar had his best ever game as a Falcon as he shot an amazing 11 for 14 from the field for a career high 25 points and he also contributed 6 rebounds. “Harry ran the floor very hard tonight and was great in the fast break,” noted Eberhardt. Drake Downer, who saw his first action this week after being off for 6 weeks with a knee injury, chipped in with 15 points and 4 rebounds. “Drake has worked incredibly hard to rehab his knee and it was great to see him back on the floor,” said Eberhardt. Gary Minhas added 11 points and 4 assists while Basra had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists, and Mindy Minhas had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Falcons are now tied for first with the VIU Mariners with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses and they play the Mariners at Langara at 8:00pm on Friday February 3rd followed by an afternoon game with Camosun at 3:00pm on Saturday February 4th.
The Falcons are presently ranked #12 in the CCAA national Rankings. Drake Downer is presently 16th in the country in scoring at 19.9 points per game and 12th in the country in free throw percentage at 85.4%. Grant Galbraith is 9th in the country at field goal percentage at 57.6%. Ravi Basra is 2nd in the country with a total of 94 assists and leading the country in assists per game at 8.5.
Falcons Start 2017 With 3 Wins and 1 Loss
Jan 17, 2017
The Langara men’s basketball team has returned to play in the New Year and won three of their four games. The team travelled to Vancouver Island on Jan 6 & 7 where they beat Camosun but lost to Vancouver Island. Then on Jan 12th the boys headed up to Squamish where the beat Quest and they followed that on Jan 14th with a win over Columbia Bible College.
After taking all of December off, except for a game against NCAA Division II Central Washington, the team returned in January with a few new players added to the squad. Two of Coach Eberhardt’s former RC Palmer players have joined the team. Former Falcon Ranjodh Hare is now on the squad and transferring from UFV is Antonio Jhuty. Hare is a 6’4” forward who will be in his third season and was a provincial all-star on Palmer’s 2011 BC Championship team. “Ranjodh is one of the toughest and smartest players I have ever coached,” stated Eberhardt. “He will bring great defense, rebounding, and leadership to our team.” Jhuty is one of Palmer’s all time leading scorers and led the team to a final four appearance in the 2014 Provincials. Last season Antonio played for the UFV Cascades in the CIS and the 6’1” guard will be in his second year of eligibility. “Antonio is a scoring machine and will bring us instant offense off the bench,” states Eberhardt. The third player to join the squad is former Provincial Champion and MVP from the Churchill Bulldogs (2014), Mindy Minhas. Mindy will be entering his first year of play since high school and is excited to get back on the court. “I am really looking forward to playing again and joining my brother and the rest of the Falcons for the rest of the year,” said Minhas. “Mindy will bring great versatility to our squad as at 6’5” he can play both guard and forward. He is a very skilled and polished player and I am sure he will have a very positive impact on our team,” notes Eberhardt.
On the road trip to the Island the Falcons were short staffed as the team’s leading scorer, drake Downer, is injured with a dislocated knee and will not return until the end of January. Also Jhuty and Anthony Demch were sick with the flu as was Coach Eberhardt and they did not make the trip. Assistant coaches Rob McClelland and Jon Acob took over the coaching duties and led the team to a big 73 to 63 win over the Camosun Chargers. The team got an early ten point lead and managed to maintain it for the entire game as newcomer Mindy Minhas led the team in scoring with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Jamie Madewan chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds while Ravi Basra had 12 points and 7 assists and Grant Galbraith had 8 points and 5 rebounds. “With the sickness, injuries, and new players I thought we did a good job of playing together and controlling the game,” commented Coach McClelland.
The team travelled up to Nanaimo on Saturday afternoon to play the VIU Mariners and they got off to a terrible start falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter and they were never able to recover as they lost 66 to 86. “We simply were not ready to play,” commented McClelland. “VIU is too good a team that we can come out so flat. Hopefully it is a lesson we have learned and we will not let it happen again.” Jamie Madewan had a huge game with a career high 32 points while Mindy Minhas chipped in with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Gary Minhas added 7 points and 7 rebounds.
Next up for the Falcons was a game against the Quest Kermodes and the team found themselves trailing 22 to 17 after the 1st quarter. However Langara came out very focused in the 2nd quarter putting up 33 points while holding Quest to 20 and they continued the high scoring pace in the 3rd quarter leading the Kermodes 74 to 52 on their way to an 84 to 63 victory. Ravi Basra had a huge game with 19 points and 7 assists while Galbraith had 17 points and 6 rebounds and playing in his first game Antonio Jhuty added 17 points. Mindy Minhas hit double figures again with 13 points while Hare played great defense and pulled down 6 rebounds. “After a poor first quarter we played very well in the next two quarters to control the game,” noted Coach Eberhardt who returned to the sideline after recovering from the flu.
On Saturday January 14th the team returned to Langara where they took on the CBC Bearcats and the boys put together their most impressive defensive performance of the year as they won convincingly 93 to 59. Seven falcons scored in double-digits including Basra with 19 points, Galbraith with 12 points, Jhuty, Kanwar Grewal, and Harry Brar with 11 points and the Minhas brothers chipped in with 10 points each. Grewal led in rebounds with 9 while Hare, Basra, and Anthony Demch each pulled down 6 boards and Basra passed for 8 assists and Brar had 5 assists. “It was a great overall team performance against CBC and I was most pleased with how aggressive we were defensively,” stated Coach Ebe
The Falcons are now in a three way tie for first place with VIU and Capilano with 8 wins and 2 losses and they will have this week off as the entire league has a bye. Next action for the Falcons will be on Wednesday January 25th at 8pm at home against the Douglas College Royals and then they will play at Capilano at 8pm on Friday January 27th.
Langara Falcons Lose First Game Of the Year
Nov 22, 2016
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team beat Douglas College on Friday night and then after jumping out to a big lead against Capilano University on Saturday were unable to hold the lead as they lost 107 to 101. “Capilano showed great heart and determination in coming back after getting down 20 points,” said Falcons head coach, Paul Eberhardt. “It was a bad loss for us but it will also provide us with a great learning opportunity as we move in to the second semester of play.”
On Friday the Falcons offense was a little sluggish early but they played great defense in holding the Royals to 31 first half points as they led 40 to 31. In the second half Langara’s offense started to wake up and they continued to play great defense as they pulled away to win 88 to 60. Leading the way for the Falcons was the “Dublin Crossing” player of the Game, Drake Downer who had 23 points including 4 three-pointers. Ravi Basra had a strong game with 21 points and 7 assists while Grant Galbraith had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Jamie Madewan came off the bench with 8 points and 7 rebounds while Harry Brar and Kanwar Grewal chipped in with 7 points each. “I was pleased with our toughness inside today as Douglas has some big bodies and we did a good job limiting them their offensive rebounding opportunities,” commented Eberhardt.
On Saturday the team faced the Capilano Blues in a battle for first place and the Falcons got off to a quick start jumping all over the Blues and leading 53 to 32 at the half. Everything was going right for Langara while the Blues were struggling to hit any shots shooting a terrible 28% in the first half. However the game changed dramatically in the 2nd half as the Blues started hitting from everywhere and the Falcons could not respond on defense as the momentum completely shifted. Capilano put up an amazing 75 points in the 2nd half and shot 65% from the field and an incredible 75% from the three-point line as they went on to win 107 to 101. “To be honest I am still in a state of shock,” noted Coach Ebe. “That is one of the most dramatic turn-arounds I have ever witnessed in 30 plus years of coaching. While we completely fell apart you also have to give huge credit to Capilano for what they accomplished to pull out the win.” Downer was once again the leading scorer with 21points and 7 rebounds while Basra had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists. Brar had a solid night with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Grewal had 9 points and 5 rebounds, while Max Neumann led the team in rebounds with 9. The Falcons now sit in a tie with the Blues as both teams have 5 wins and 1 loss.
League play has now finished for the first term and the team does not return to any PACWEST action until January 6th and 7th when they will travel to the Island to play Camosun and VIU. The team will be playing non-conference games against Lynwood University from Missouri on November 22nd and then will travel to Washington State to play Eastern Washington on December 17th.
Langara Falcons Remain Undefeated
Nov 14, 2016
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team picked up two more wins this weekend to improve their record to 4 wins and 0 losses. The team played host to the Island teams beating the Camosun Chargers 113 to 83 on Friday and then pulling out a thrilling 95 to 94 win over the VIU Mariners on Saturday. “It is still very early in the year but I am very pleased with the progress we are making,” commented head coach, Paul Eberhardt. “We are getting contributions from everyone and are team chemistry is showing signs of being very strong.”
The Falcons got off to a very strong start against the Chargers as they jumped out to a high scoring 36 to 23 lead after the first quarter. Langara cooled off a bit in the 2nd quarter but managed to maintain their lead and were ahead 62 to 47 at the half. In the second half the team continued to pour on the offense and pulled away for the 113 to 83 victory. “Our fast break is clicking very well right now and when we get going we are a very difficult team to stop,” commented Coach Ebe. Leading the way for the Falcons was 4th year guard Drake Downer who scored 28 points including going 5 for 7 from the three-point line. Grant Galbraith was a force inside with 22 points and 7 rebounds while Jamie Madewan added 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists coming off the bench. Also scoring in double digits was Harry Brar with 11 points and Gary Minhas with 10 points while point guard Ravi Basra almost had a triple-double with 12 points, an amazing 15 assists, and 9 rebounds. “Ravi is playing at a very high level so far this year and I am excited to watch as he will continue to get better,” commented Eberhardt.
On Saturday the team played the defending PACWEST champion, the VIU Mariners, who are presently ranked two spots ahead of the Falcons in the National rankings at the #9 spot while Langara is #11. Once again Langara got off to a good start as they held VIU to only 12 points in the 1st quarter and were ahead 20 to 12 but VIU out-played the Falcons in the 2nd quarter and Langara was ahead by a slim margin of 41 to 40. The mariners continued to score easily in the 3rd quarter and they took the lead by seven leading 73 to 66 and things didn’t look good for the Falcons as VIU extended their lead to 12 points with 4 minutes remaining. However the Falcons scrapped back with some big defensive stops and some timely shooting and they cut the lead back to 7 points with just under a minute remaining. It was at this point that things got truly crazy as Madewan hit a tough three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining and at the same time Downer was fouled under the basket. The foul took place after the shot so the three-pointer counted and Downer went to the foul line for two shots in the bonus and he proceeded to make it a 2 point game when he calmly sank both free throws. “A five point play is extremely rare in basketball so it was a huge break for us and Downer was clutch from the line,” noted Eberhardt. Langara then played great defense getting the stop they needed and on the Falcons next possession Basra drove hard to the hoop and kicked it out to Brar who knocked down the corner three-point shot to give Langara the one point lead with 5 seconds left. Langara did a great job defending VIU’s last second shot and pulled out the improbable 95 to 94 victory. Downer once again led the scoring with 26 points and 7 rebounds while Madewan once again was huge contributing 20 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Galbraith was very solid in the paint with 15 points and 7 rebounds while Max Neumann and Brar each scored 9 points. Basra once again led the teams attack with 8 assists while Royce Sargeant provided quality back up minutes at the point guard spot with 7 points. “It was a fun weekend for us and the gym was packed with a noisy crowd for both games including great support from many of the Alumni,” stated Eberhardt
Next up for the Falcons are the last home games of the year against Douglas at 8:00pm on Friday November 18th and then the only other undefeated team in the league, the Capilano Blues at 7:00pm on Saturday November 19th. The Falcons are presently averaging an incredible 102.5 points per game which is believed to be the highest scoring average in the nation.
Langara Falcons Start The 2016-17 Season With Two Straight Wins
Nov 7, 2016
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team has had a strong start to the 2016-2017 season with wins over the Quest Kermode’s 94 to 83 and the CBC Bearcats 108 to 85. Last season the young Falcons had a very good year with a 13 and 8 record which was good for third place in the PACWEST. However with 9 returning players expectations are very high for this year’s squad even though they are still a relatively young team. “It is amazing what a difference one year makes in the development of players,” states head coach Paul Eberhardt. “They have a better understanding of what it takes to compete on a nightly basis and their confidence is much higher.”
The team returns last year’s Rookie of the Year, Ravi Basra, and Drake Downer who made the all conference 2nd all-star team. Basra is a lightning quick point guard who led the league in assists last year and is perfectly suited to running Coach Eberhardt's up-tempo system. Downer was the teams leading rebounder and scorer last year and should be amongst the league’s leading scorers once again this season. Also returning is big man Grant Galbraith who is one of the league’s best pure post players while guard Gary Minhas is one of the best three point shooters in the league. Harry Brar will add to the team’s perimeter depth and is one of the toughest defenders on the squad while Anthony Demch brings much needed versatility at both the guard and forward spots. Rounding out the returners are power forward Kanwar Grewal who has shown steady improvement and is the best dunker on the team and guard Timmie Choi who brings much needed toughness at the defensive end. New to the team this year are rookie point guard Royce Sargeant who played his high school basketball at McNair in Richmond where he regularly scored 40 plus point on numerous occasions. The team is also very lucky to have two players returning to the squad who were part of the 2014 National Championship team in Max Neumann (3rd year) and Jamie Madewan (2nd year). Max brings much needed experience and is the toughest rebounding guard in the league and Jamie is one of the best pure scorers on the team and also played for Coach Ebe at Palmer High School and was a member of the 2011 Provincial Championship team.
The Falcons opened up league play on October 28th against the Quest Kermodes a team that beat them three times last season. The team got off to an amazing start with a huge opening quarter jumping out to a 37 to 24 lead. Quest had a great second quarter and managed to cut the lead to two points as Langara clung to a 51 to 49 lead. Langara maintained the lead in the 3rd quarter and then had a great fourth quarter as they pulled away to win 94 to 83. Downer led all scorers with 24 points and also pulled down 8 rebounds while Madewan had a huge second half hitting 4 consecutive three-pointers on his way to 23 points. Basra had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists while Neumann had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Brar chipped in with 9 points and 8 rebounds and did a great fob defending Quest’s top player.
On November 5th the team travelled to Abbotsford to take on the CBC Bearcats and once again had a huge opening quarter as they jumped all over CBC leading 38 to 27. The Falcons continued to push the pace for the remainder of the game as they scored in triple digits winning 108 to 85. An impressive 7 falcons scored in double figures and all players scored at least one basket. Basra led the way with 17 points and 8 assists while Downer had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists and Galbraith was a force inside shooting 6 for 9 on his way to 15 points and 5 rebounds. Brar added 13 points while Sargeant had 12 points and 3 assists and Neumann was once again very solid with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Grewal chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
Next up for the Falcons are home games against Camosun at 8:00pm on Friday November 11th and then the VIU Mariners at 3:00pm on Saturday November 12th. The Falcons were ranked as the #10 team in Canada in the CCAA’s first rankings while VIU was ranked as #5 and the Capilano Blues were ranked as #12.
Falcons Start the Season with a Win
Oct 31, 2016
The Langara Falcons hosted their first game of the 2016-17 season on Friday October 28th against the visiting Quest Kermodes. The Falcons got off to a quick start thanks in part to the hot hand of Drake Downer who poured in 13 points the first quarter to help the Falcons to a 37 to 24 lead. The Kermodes dug in defensively in the second quarter holding the Falcons to a combined 14 points, and cutting the lead down to 2 at the half. In the second half Jamie Madewan came alive from behind the arc nailing 5 three pointers on his way to a 23 point night, helping the Falcons to build a comfortable lead to finish the game with a 94-83 win.
Up next the Falcons are on the road at CBC Nov 5 at 7:00pm.
Langara Alumni Game
Sept 16, 2016
Langara Men's Basketball is hoping to see lots of familiar faces out for the annual alumni game on Friday Sept 30th. Come on out and re-connect with former teammates, and see how you match up against the current team. Tip off of the Men's game will be at 7:30pm with a social to follow at Dublin Crossing, 466 SW Marine Drive.
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