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Falcons Go Crazy On Offense And Pick Up Two Wins
Nov 20, 2017

The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team had a huge offensive weekend as they beat the CBC Bearcats and the Quest Kermodes easily putting up 100 plus points in both games. “We are very deep and we have a lot of players who can fill up the net,” said head coach Paul Eberhardt. “We really got the running game going as it was keyed by our pressure and defensive rebounding.”

The Falcons played their league home opener on Thu Nov 16 against the Bearcats and got off to a hot start as they jumped out to a 30 to 20 first quarter lead. Harry Liu added a huge spark off the bench as he hit 3 straight three-pointers. Langara continued to roll in the second quarter putting up 31 points and the Falcons led 61 to 39 at the half. The team continued their strong effort in the second half and ended up putting 115 on the scoreboard winning 115 to 74. Liu finished with 20 points including 5 three-pointers and he also got 7 rebounds while Martin Bogajev was also hot from distance going 4 for 9 from three on his way to 16 points. Grant Galbraith chipped in with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Ravi Basra had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists and Antonio Jhuty scored 12 points.

Overall the Falcons made 17 three-pointers and the bench contributed an impressive 55 points. “Obviously we ran our offensive system well but it was our improved effort on defense and the boards that made a big difference,” commented Coach Ebe

 On Friday the team travelled up to Squamish to play the Quest Kermodes. Once again the offense was clicking but Quest responded with some strong offense of their own and at half time the Falcons led 52 to 48. The third quarter was completely dominated by Langara as they exploded for 40 points and held Quest to 14 to put the game away as they went on to win 117 to 98. Galbraith dominated the paint scoring 25 points and pulling down 5 rebounds while Liu stayed hot scoring 16 points and also grabbing 5 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures was Jhuty with 12 points, Malik Holmes and Graddy Zubaidi each had 10 points. Basra with another impressive stat line with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 6 steals. Once again the Falcon bench out up big numbers scoring off the bench with 44 points and they knocked down 10 three pointers. On both nights every Falcon that played got on the score sheet and the team shot an impressive 78% from the foul line and 40% from the three-point line.

 Next up for the Falcons is a game against the undefeated VIU Mariners (4 & 0) at 8pm on Fri Nov 24th and then Camosun at 3pm on Sat Nov 25th both games are at Langara.

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Falcons Open Up The Season With A Split On The Road

Nov 14, 2017

The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team are starting the 2017-2018 season as the #13 ranked team in the country. This year’s squad has a mix of returning players, transfers, and rookies. Returning are All-Canadian point guard, Ravi Basra (3rd year), perimeter players:  Gary Minhas, Harry Brar, and Antonio Jhuty (all in their 3rd

year) and Timmie Choi (4th year), also big man Grant Galbraith (hyear). Transfer players: Martin Bogajev, Graddy Zubaidi, EJ Mabone (all 3rdyear), and Malik Holmes (2ndyear). The team’s rookies are: Harry Liu (Churchill), Abdul Bangura (Byrne Creek), Yoel Techlehaimanot (King George), and Panos Bouras (Greece).


The team had a tough assignment to start the year as they travelled to New Westminster to play the #5 ranked team in the CCAA, the Douglas College Royals. The Falcons got off to a slow start in the first quarter and had several break downs defensively as the Royals jumped out to a 29 to 21 first quarter lead. Langara played harder in the second quarter and were able to cut the margin to 47 to 45 at the half. Unfortunately for Langara they came out very slowly to start the 3rd quarter and got down double-digits trailing 71 to 61 after three quarters. A quick outburst to start the fourth quarter brought the Falcons back to within one at 71 to 70 but they could get no closer losing by a score of 97 to 89. “You simply can’t come out after half-time and be that flat,” stated head coach, Paul Eberhardt. “We must learn to play hard for 40 minutes every night or we will not have the kind of success we should.” Leading the Falcons was point guard Ravi Basra who had a big night with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Grant Galbraith had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Martin Bogajev added 13 points and Graddy Zubaidi chipped in with 11 points. The Falcons struggled to compete with the bigger Royals on the boards losing 58 to 51 and this will be an important area for improvement that Coach Eberhardt will be looking for. “We must compete harder on the boards if we expect to compete at the top level as it is the key to our running game.”

On Saturday the team travelled to the Sportsplex in North Vancouver to take on the Capilano Blues. Once again a slow start found the Falcons down by as much as 10 in the first quarter and they trailed 26 to 19. A much improved defensive effort in the second quarter ignited Langara as they closed the gap to 41 to 44 at the half. The third quarter saw a continued greater effort on defense and on the boards and Langara took the lead 67 to 66 heading in to the last quarter. The fourth quarter belonged to the Falcons as their high powered offense really kicked in to gear and they put up 32 points to pull away and win 99 to 84. “We have been struggling a little with our perimeter shooting and finishing lay-ups in transition but it all came together in the fourth quarter tonight,” noted Coach Ebe. Once again Basra had a big night with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists while Bogajev went 4 for 6 from the three-point line on his way to scoring 22 points. Galbraith had another double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Harry Brar had 11 points and Zubaidi had 9 points and 9 rebounds. “We showed some flashes in the second half of just how good our running game can be and we will continue to emphasize this as we move forward,” noted Eberhardt.

Next up for the Falcons is their first home game of the year on Thursday November 16hat 8pm vs. the CBC Bearcats and then the team travels up to Squamish to play the Quest Kermodes on Friday November 17th at 8pm.