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Falcons Drop Two On The Island To Start 2018
Jan 8, 2017

The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team had a tough start to 2018 as they had to travel to Nanaimo to play the undefeated and #2 nationally ranked Vancouver Island Mariners. What made this task even more difficult was that they were also missing their All-Canadian starting point guard, Ravi Basra, who was out with a back injury.

The team played the Mariners tough on Friday night as they battled all the way to the final buzzer losing a close one 91 to 83. The Falcons got down 10 right at the start but fought back several times to get the game within 2 points. They trailed 27 to 21 after the 1sty quarter and 59 to 49 at the half. They cut the lead to 8 points after 3 quarters at 80 to 72 and got within 3 points with just under 2 minutes to play but they could get no closer losing by the final score of 91 to 83. Harry Liu had his best game as a Falcon as the 1st year guard out of Winston Churchill scored 20 points on an impressive six for eight from the three-point line. Martin Bogajev scored 21 points while Antonio Jhuty added 13 points and Gary Minhas had 10 points. Minhas led in assists with 4 while Liu led in rebounds with 6. “I was pleased with how hard we battled tonight,” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt. “We had to make some adjustments without Ravi but I thought guys stepped up especially Harry Liu, Antonio, and Gary.”

On Saturday afternoon, it was a completely different story as the Mariners were quicker to every ball, played ferocious defense and completely dominated the Falcons. VIU was up big early and never looked back blowing out the Falcons 107 to 63. “It was an extremely disappointing effort from us today,” noted Eberhardt. “We simply have to compete harder and show way more effort than we did today.” Bogajev had 14 points and 4 assists while Jhuty and Graddy Zubaidi had 11 points each and Minhas chipped in with 10 points. Grant Galbraith had 8 points and both he and Liu led in rebounds with 7 each.

The Falcons are now sitting in a tie for 3rd place in the league with 4 wins and 4 losses. Next up for the team are two games in Abbotsford against the CBC Bearcats on Friday January 12th at 8pm and Saturday January 13th at 7pm.

Falcons Split With The Island To Finish First Semester in Third Place
Nov 28, 2017

The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team came up short on Friday in a first place showdown with VIU but rebounded on Saturday to beat Camosun to finish the first semester with 4 wins and 2 losses good enough for third place in the PACWEST.
On Friday the Falcons got off to a poor start both on the boards and on offense and they only managed to score a season low 30 points in the first half as they trailed 42 to 30. The team shot better in the third quarter but were only able to cut the margin by one as they still trailed 61 to 50. The fourth quarter saw Langara mount a furious come back and they got as close as 4 points with 1:30 to go. Unfortunately they could not get any closer as they lost to the first place Mariners 83 to 75. “VIU are the best defensive team in the league and we had trouble against their size,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt. “We shot the ball horrendously and got destroyed on the boards which do not bode well for us winning games.” The Falcons shot a season low 29% from the field including only 21% from the three-point line. Ravi Basra had a strong game scoring 23 points and passing for 9 assists while Harry Liu chipped in with 16 points, Martin Bogajev had 11 points and Grant Galbraith led the team in rebounding with 9.

On Saturday afternoon the Falcons took on the Camosun Chargers and both teams started the game flying high with a very past faced first quarter which the Chargers led 28 to 27. Things slowed down a little in the second quarter but Camosun kept the lead 46 to 43. The game continued to be tight throughout the third and beginning of the fourth but with 6 minutes to go the Falcons made a big move as Bogajev knocked down some huge three’s and the team shut the door on defense as they went on to win 88 to 83. “We finally showed how good our defense could be as our full court pressure really wore them down in the fourth quarter,” said Coach Ebe. Basra had another huge game with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals. “Ravi showed why he was an All-Canadian last year as he completely dominated the fourth quarter,” said Eberhardt. Bogajev hit 3 of his game high 5 three pointers in the fourth on his way to 26 points while Liu scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds and Graddy Zubaidi chipped in with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Congratulations to Langara big man Grant Galbraith who was recognized last week as the PACWEST male Athlete of the Week for his great performance against both CBC and Quest. The Falcons are one of the highest scoring teams in the country and are presently leading the PACWEST in scoring at 97.2 points per game. The team is in third place in league with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses and are presently ranked #13 in Canada.

The team will now be on exam break but will play exhibition games on December 8th at Central Washington University (NCAA Div II), December 9th at Wenatchee Valley College (NWAC), and December 19th at Noon at Simon Fraser University (NCAA Div II).


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.