Nov 19, 2014

Winning gets you rings, trophies and titles, as the Langara Falcons know. But as the players and coaches learned last weekend when they lost only their second league game in two years, a defeat now could give them the best chance to repeat as provincial and national college basketball champions.

That’s what the Falcons got Nov. 8 in Nanaimo. The top-ranked college team in Canada, Langara lost 77-70 to rival Vancouver Island University in their first league defeat this season -- only their second such loss in two years since an overall 29-1 record last season culminated in the 2013-14 Canadian College Athletic Association national championship.

“Since the loss, guys are definitely more focused, more locked in. I think before the loss, we thought we were going to cake-walk through the whole league,” said Elliot Mason, a fifth-year forward. “VIU, their whole goal of the season is to beat us. They haven’t beaten us in two years. We took two provincial championships away from them. We’re the number-one ranked team in the country. This time, they got the job done.

“We can now better prepare ourselves for that team. It made our focus tighter. That loss definitely put things into perspective,” said Mason.

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