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Falcons Earn Bronze
Aug 28, 2018
Falcons Earn Bronze
Mar 7, 2018
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.
Feb 28, 2018
Congratulations to the Falcons named to PACWEST All-Star Teams.
1st Team All-star
2nd Team All-Star
Rookie of the Year & All-Rookie Team
Falcons Split With Quest But Still Finish Second
Feb 19, 2018
After a 100 to 90 victory over the Quest Kermodes on Friday the Langara Falcons men’s basketball team were looking to lock down second place with a win on Saturday. Unfortunately the Kermodes had other plans as they scored at the buzzer to defeat the Falcons 92 to 90. However after this very tough loss Langara got some good news as Capilano had beaten Douglas which meant the Falcons would still come in second and secure a first round playoff bye. “I am disappointed that we would play with such low energy in such a big game,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt. “I am proud of the fourth quarter comeback and hats off to Quest for out playing us for most of the game.”
On Friday after a tied first quarter the Falcons had a huge second quarter and they led 50 to 39 at the half. The team then continued their strong offensive play in the third quarter getting up by as much as 24 points as they cruised to a 100 to 90 win. Antonio Jhuty provided his usual offensive spark off the bench leading the team with 20 points and Harry Brar, also coming off the bench, scored 13 points and hauled down an impressive 16 rebounds. Ravi Basra had 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals while Martin Bogajev added 15 points and Harry Liu had 13 points. The team out-rebounded the bigger Kermodes and shot an impressive 91% from the foul line.
On Saturday the Falcons got off to a good start and were up twelve in the second quarter but Quest had a very strong finish to the half and Langara only led by two 44 to 42. The third quarter belonged to Quest as they scored on Langara on almost every possession and heading in to the fourth the Falcons were trailing 73 to 61. Langara finally showed some life in the fourth and with some hard full court pressure were able to slowly get back in the game. With the score tied at 90 with 38 seconds left Langara put together an impressive defensive stance and forced the Kermodes in to a shot clock violation. Langara had the ball with 14 seconds left with a chance to win the game but after a drive to the basket the ball was knocked loose in the key and Quest hustled after the loose ball. Payton Tirrell from Quest scooped up the loose ball and then dunked home the game winning shot as the buzzer sounded. “It is a pretty shocking way to lose a game,” commented coach Ebe.
Falcons Sweep Capilano And Score 100 Points For Fourth Straight Game
Feb 13, 2018
The Langara Falcons continued their high scoring ways this weekend with two big wins over the Capilano Blues guaranteeing that they will finish no worse than third place in the PACWEST standings. The Falcons close out the regular season with two home games against the Quest Kermodes and two wins in these games will give Langara second place.
With the Blues sitting only one game behind the Falcons this weekend series would have huge implications for the PACWEST standings. Langara started strong on Friday night taking a 48 to 36 lead at the half and then really turned up their running game in the second half as they led wire to wire beating Capilano 105 to 75. The Falcons had a very balanced attack with 5 players in double digits including great play off the bench from Gary Minhas with 16 points and 9 rebounds, Harry Brar with 13 points and 9 rebounds, and Malik Holmes with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Big man Grant Galbraith helped out with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Harry Liu chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ravi Basra did a great job of running the point for the Falcons and he had 15 points and 8 assists and Martin Bogajev had 9 points. “We played a relentless game tonight with both our pressure and our fast break,” noted head coach Paul Eberhardt. “Every time Cap would make a little run we seemed to always have an answer.” EJ Mabone was selected as the Dublin Crossing Player of the Game for his strong rebounding and defense coming off the bench.
In the rematch on Saturday night the first quarter was once again very high scoring but also very close as Langara clung to a 26 to 24 lead. However in the second quarter the Falcons exploded for 33 points as once again the bench made a huge contribution and Langara led 59 to 42 at the half. The Blues made a big push in the third quarter and cut it to 7 points but Antonio Jhuty finished the third quarter with 8 straight points including a three-pointer at the buzzer to keep Langara ahead 83 to 65. Both teams continued to put up the points in the fourth quarter and Langara won by the final score of 112 to 97. Once again the bench made a huge contribution with 53 points and Jhuty was named the Dublin Crossing player of the Game with 19 points including 4 for 5 from the three-point line. Galbraith has 15 points and 7 rebounds while Minhas had 14 points, Graddy Zubaidi had 14 points and 5 rebounds and Liu had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Ravi Basra had his highest assist total of the year with 14 assists and he also scored 13 points while Brar had 8 points and led the team in rebounding with 11 boards. “We are really playing great team basketball right now,” commented Coach Ebe. “We have been averaging around 25 assists a game and the boys have been doing a great job of making the extra pass.”
The Falcons record now stands at 11 wins and 5 losses and they have won 7 of their last 8 games and are averaging 106 points in those games. The Falcons have nine players averaging 8 or more points per game including Basra at 17 points, Bogajev at 16.5, Liu at 14, Galbraith at 11.5, Brar at 10, Jhuty at 9.5, Zubaidi at 9 and Minhas at 8. Basra continues to lead the league in assists at 8 per game while Galbraith is amongst the leaders in filed goal percentage at 59% and Minhas is shooting an impressive 88% from the foul line. The team finishes league play this weekend at home against the Quest Kermodes at 8pm on Friday February 16th and 7pm on Saturday February 17th.
Falcons Pick Up Two Big Wins Against Camosun
Feb 5, 2018
After a bye weekend from league play the Langara Falcons returned to PACWEST action as they travelled to Victoria and picked up two big wins against the Camosun Chargers. However the Falcons didn’t take the bye weekend off as they played a 2 game exhibition series against the Okanagan Coyotes. “I have never been a big fan of the bye weekend,” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt. “With Okanagan set to join our league next year I thought it would be a good opportunity to stay sharp.” On the Friday night the Falcons came out on fire putting up 64 points in the first half on their way to a dominating 105 to 81 win. In the rematch on Saturday afternoon it was the Coyotes who jumped out to a big lead and the Falcons could not recover as they lost 99 to 73.
With both Camosun and Langara tied with 7 wins and 5 losses it was a very important weekend as Langara travelled to Victoria to take on the Chargers. The Falcons got off to a quick start as their full court pressure and fast break gave Camosun lots of difficulty as Langara led 24 to 15 after the first quarter. In the second quarter Langara took their fast break game to another level led by great performances off the bench from Harry Brar and Gary Minhas the Falcons put up 34 points and led 58 to 24. The Chargers managed to outscore the Falcons in the second half but the final result was never in doubt as Langara went on to win 101 to 83. Brar led the team in scoring with 25 points and he also grabbed 6 rebounds Graddy Zubaidi had 15 points on 7 of 8 shooting and he pulled down 8 rebounds. Harry Liu and Ravi Basra scored 13 points each and Basra also passed for 8 assists. While Martin Bogajev had 10 points and Minhas chipped in with 7 points and 4 assists. “It was a great team win today as the bench contributed 42 points and had 25 assists,” noted Eberhardt.
On Saturday afternoon things did not start well for the Falcons as Camosun was firing on all cylinders and they shot an impressive 7 of 9 from the three-point arc on their way to 37 to 27 lead. However Langara responded with a huge run of their own on offense as they put up 37 of their own points in the second quarter while holding the Chargers to only 14 and the Falcons led 54 to 41 at the half. “That was a crazy first half with some huge swings,” said Coach Ebe. At one point the Falcons trailed the Chargers by 13 points in the first quarter but managed to gain a 13 point lead by half-time which makes for a 26 point swing. Langara managed to hold their 13 point lead for most of the third quarter but Camosun ended the quarter on a 8 to 0 run with the score 81 to 76 for Langara. The fourth quarter continued to be a high scoring affair as Camosun briefly took the lead, but Langara got the lead back and were up 105 to 103 with 18 seconds to go in the game. With only 14 sec on the shot clock Langara had to shoot the ball and Bogajev’s shot attempt came up short. Camosun grabbed the long rebound and were heading to the hoop for the game tying lay-up but the buzzer sounded tenths of a second before the lay-up went in as Langara held on for the victory. “I am proud of the way we hung in there and pulled out a very important victory,” said Eberhardt. “When we get the tempo up and get the game at a very fast pace we can be a pretty tough team to play against.” Bogajev had a huge night going 6 for 10 from the three-point line on his way to a season high 29 points while Harry Liu had another strong performance with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Basra was stellar again running the point for the Falcons as he scored 16 points, had 7 steals and 10 assists. Big man Grant Galbraith scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Brar had another big game as he scored 11 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Malik Holmes added 8 points and 5 rebounds.
The two wins by the Falcons put them alone in second place in the PACWEST with a record of 9 wins and 5 losses and they have another big weekend series coming up as they host the Capilano Blues who are presently one game behind the Falcons with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses. Langara is presently leading the CCAA in scoring average at over 97 points per game. Martin Bogajev is 3rd in PACWEST scoring at 17.7 points per game while Ravi Basra is 4th at 17.5 points per game. Basra is leading the PACWEST in assists at 7.5 per game and Galbraith is 8th in rebounding at 7.2 per game.
Falcons Split With Douglas College
Jan 23, 2018
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team had a strong effort on Friday night as they led from beginning to end against Douglas College but a poor defensive fourth quarter cost them on Saturday night and they had to settle for a split with the Royals. On Friday the Falcons had an impressive first half offensive performance as they ran the fast break extremely well and also shot the long ball with impressive accuracy as they led Douglas 56 to 35 at half-time. The Royals hung tough in the second half and got to within 7 points of the Falcons in the fourth quarter but Langara responded by hitting some big shots and went on to win 94 to 84. Langara had a balanced attack with 6 players in double figures scoring as Harry Brar led the way with 19 points and also led in rebounds with 11. “Harry gave us great energy off the bench and competed very hard on the boards for us,” commented head coach Paul Eberhardt. Ravi Basra had a solid game with 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while Harry Liu also had 15 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Grant Galbraith and Antonio Jhuty each scored 13 points while Martin Bogajev chipped in with 10 points.
The Saturday night re-match started out promising for the Falcons as they jumped out to a 22 to 13 first quarter lead but the Royals came storming back to take a 45 to 42 lead at the half. The third quarter was evenly matched and the teams were tied at 65 as they headed to the last quarter. Douglas stepped up their offense big time in the last frame and even though the Falcons scored an impressive 29 points it was not enough as the Royals poured in 34 points to win 99 to 94. “We simply couldn’t get any stops when we needed to as our defensive effort was very poor tonight in the fourth quarter,” noted coach Ebe. “It was a very disappointing finish to what was potentially a very strong effort this weekend.” Basra played all 40 minutes on Saturday and scored 20 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and passed for 8 assists while Bogajev scored a game high 21 points. Liu scored 17 points and pulled down 6 rebounds while Galbraith had 12 points and 9 rebounds and Graddy Zubaidi had 8 points and 9 rebounds. After a great game on Friday Harry Brar had to sit out Saturday’s game with a hip pointer which certainly hurt the Falcon's defensive and rebounding efforts.
The Falcons continue to lead the PACWEST in scoring as they average an impressive 96 points per game and with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses they are still in 2nd place in the standings. However the standings are very crowded for 2nd place as Capilano is also 7 and 5, Camosun is 6 and 4 and Douglas sits at 5 and 5. With both the Blues and Chargers still to play 2nd place is pretty much up for grabs. Langara is presently ranked as the #15 team in the CCAA.
The Falcons have a bye this weekend from league play but will be hosting the Okanagan College Coyotes in a 2 game exhibition series. Friday’s game will tip-off at 8pm while Saturday’s contest will start at 1pm.
Falcons Flex Their Offensive Muscle
Jan 16, 2018
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team got their offense back on track in a big way as they put up 240 points in their two game series with the CBC Bearcats winning 123 to 77 on Friday and following it up with a 113 to 79 win on Saturday. “We moved the ball extremely well and played very unselfishly,” said head coach Paul Eberhardt. “Our shooting numbers are still not where we need them to be but we averaged 27 assists a game this weekend which is most impressive.”
On Friday both teams got off to a hot start in a very fast paced quarter as Langara led 27 to 19 after one quarter. The deeper Falcons starting wearing the Bearcats down in the second quarter as they outscored them 32 to 12 to take a commanding 59 to 31 lead. The Langara offense continued to roll in the second half on their way to a season high 123 points. Martin Bogajev had a hot shooting game going 7 of 12 from the three-point line on his way to 29 points. “Marty is a pure shooter and is the best in the league when he gets it going,” noted Eberhardt. Harry Liu also had a strong game with 20 points and 5 assists while Ravi Basra returned to the line-up, after missing last week with an injury, and scored 17 points and passed for 10 assists. Graddy Zubaidi had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Grant Galbraith with 13 points and 6 boards and Antonio Jhuty chipped in with 11 points. Gary Minhas had 8 points and 5 rebounds while Abdul Bangura showed off his ball-handling and passing skills with 5 assists.
Once again on Saturday both teams were clicking on offense as the score was 27 to 21 for the Falcons after one quarter but just like Friday Langara they dominated the second quarter out scoring the Bearcats 28 to 12 as they led 55 to 33 at the half. The game never got any closer in the second half as the Falcons reached the century mark for the fifth time this year beating CBC 113 to 79. The Falcons had a very balanced attack as all players scored with Jhuty leading the way with 21 points hitting 5 of 8 from the three-point line. Harry Brar had 17 points and 7 rebounds while Liu also had 17 points and he pulled down 8 rebounds. Basra had another excellent game with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 11 assists while Zubaidi also chipped in with 11 points. Both Minhas and Malik Holmes added 8 points each while EJ Mabone pulled down 6 rebounds.
The Falcons are presently leading the PACWEST in scoring as they average an impressive 96.5 points per game and with a 6 win and 4 loss record they have moved in to 2nd place in the standings. Ravi Basra is presently leading the league in assists at over 6 per game and this is the third consecutive year that Basra has been the top assist man in the PACWEST. Grant Galbraith is 5th in the league in rebounding at over 8 rebounds per game while Basra is 3rd in scoring at almost 20 points per game and Martin Bogajev is 5th in scoring at 16.5 points per game. Next up for the Falcons are two home games against the #10 Nationally ranked Douglas College Royals.
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.
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.