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.