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Falcons Even Their Record at 2 Wins 2 Losses
Nov 14, 2018

The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team picked up two much needed wins this weekend over CBC and Okanagan to even their record on the season to two wins and two losses. “The boys showed great character to come back with two wins after starting the season 0 and 2. We are showing steady improvement and I am pleased with our development thus far,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt.

This years’ edition of the Falcons only returns two players from last years’ squad in big man Grant Galbraith and shooting guard Antonio Jhuty. “I expect both Grant (5th year) and Antonio (4th year) to be our team leaders,” notes Coach Ebe. The team was dealt a tough blow at the start of September when two time All-Canadian point guard, Ravi Basra, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the entire season.

New players to this years’ team include 3rd year 6’6” forward Tyler Anderson who played two years of University basketball at Brandon, 2nd year 6’5” guard Moeiz Athaya who played one year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and 6’8” 2nd year forward, Kenneth Monture who played last season at Quest University. The new rookies on this years’ team include point guard Nishad Tarak from Belmont and perimeter players Luca Bonameci from Byrne Creek, Tyson Brown from Semiahmoo, Daniel Afanasiyevskyy from Richmond, and Sina Hashemi from Port Moody Secondary. 5th year guard Timmie Choi and 4th year guard/forward Drake Downer will be joining the team in January.

The team opened up the season against the Douglas College Royals. Ranked 5th nationally, and were seconds away from winning when Douglas hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game. The Royals went on to win 124 to 114 in overtime. Antonio Jhuty led the team in scoring with 29 points while rookie point guard Nishad Tarak went 7 for 9 from the three-point line on his way to 27 points. Galbraith had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds while Athaya chipped in with 16 points. The next night the Falcons played the Capilano Blues, ranked #12 nationally, and after a very close first half Langara struggled in the second half losing 108 to 90. Galbraith had another solid game with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Athaya had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jhuty had 18 points, and Tyler Anderson had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

In week #2 the team played a rare Thursday night game against the CBC Bearcats and after a slow start the team exploded for 92 points in the final three quarters to pick up the win 109 to 98. Antonio Jhuty had his career high 37 points with an impressive performance from the foul line as he went 14 for 15 and Athaya also had an impressive game with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Galbraith chipped in with 21 points while Tarak had 8 points and 4 assists and Anderson had 7 points and 10 rebounds. On Saturday the team took on the Okanagan Coyotes and the game was very close from start to finish. With one minute the Falcons were up by two, Jhuty put the game away with a tough driving lay-up and 4 made free throws as the Falcons won 83 to 78. Jhuty finished with 30 points including going 9 for 10 from the foul line while Athaya had another huge night with 27 points including a couple of big dunks. Tarak had his best game of the year with an impressive 9 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds while Galbraith had 8 points and 14 rebounds.

“It has been a tough start to the year with us as we have had several setbacks and some unexpected roster changes but I am very pleased with how we are starting to come together as a team,” said Eberhardt

The team is now tied for third in the PACWEST with two wins and two losses and will finish the first semester travelling to Nanaimo and Victoria to take on the VIU Mariners and the Camosun Chargers.

Falcons Earn Bronze
Mar 7, 2018

Mbb bronze

The Langara Falcons went to the PACWEST championships with high hopes to win the title but unfortunately fell short of their goal and they had to settle for the bronze medal.  The team had a bye to the semi-finals where they played a very tough Douglas Royals. Douglas had won the league series 2 games to 1 in 3 very close games and the semi-final was also a very close game.  The Royals jumped out to an early 10 point lead but the Falcons fought back and trailed only by 5 after the first quarter 28 to 23. Langara continued to chip away at the lead and were only trailing by 2 points at the half 49 to 47. The Falcons had trouble scoring in the third quarter and were outscored by 6 so they went in to the fourth quarter trailing 69 to 61. With the hot shooting of Antonio Jhuty Langara got back in the game and the score was tied with 5 minutes left. The game remained tight but Douglas was very strong on the boards and hit some key shots down the stretch as they went on to beat the Falcons 96 to 85. “Clearly we are very disappointed but you have to give credit to Douglas who played a great game,” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt. Ravi Basra led the Falcons with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists including a perfect 8 for 8 from the foul line. Jhuty scored 13 points with 4 three’s while Harry Liu had 16 points, Graddy Zubaidi had 10 points and Harry Brar had 8 points and 6 rebounds.

The team next played Camosun on Saturday in the bronze medal game. “This is always a very tough game to play,” noted Eberhardt. “However I am very proud of how we competed and it always feels good to win your last game of the year.” Langara had a strong first half putting up 47 points in the first half and holding Camosun to 36. The Chargers made a couple of runs in the second half and got it back to a two point game but Langara never gave up the lead and finished very strong in the fourth quarter as they went on to win 82 to 71. The Falcons had a very balanced attack with 4 players in double digits as Brar had 15 points, Liu had 14 points, Zubaidi had 12 points and Martin Bogajev had 11 points. Basra continued to show why he is the best point guard in the league as he had 7 points, 9 rebounds, and 11 assists. Basra was named to the all tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament and he was also selected as a CCAA All-Canadian for the second year in a row.

“Overall we are very pleased with our season,” noted Eberhardt. “We had hoped to win a PACWEST championship but the league was very competitive this year and we showed some very good signs that we will continue to be one of the top teams in, not only our league, but also in Canada.” The Falcons will have many returning players next year and with Langara securing the host berth for next years CCAA championships (to be held at the Langley Events Centre) things are looking very exciting for the 2018-2019 season.

Falcons All-Stars
Feb 28, 2018

Congratulations to the Falcons named to PACWEST All-Star Teams.

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Ravi Basra

Martin Bogajev

Harry Liu

1st Team All-star

2nd Team All-Star

Rookie of the Year & All-Rookie Team