Jan 7, 2019
The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team opened up 2019 with back to back games against the Camosun Chargers. The Falcons finished 2018 against the same Chargers squad and came away with an exciting come from behind win 105 to 103. This game, which was played on Nov 17 at Camosun, was a big milestone for head coach Paul Eberhardt as it marked his 100th league win at Langara. “I was very proud of the comeback the boys made and it was a great way for me to get my 100th win,” commented Coach Eberhardt. The PACWEST’s leading scorer Antonio Jhuty led the way in this game with 39 points while Grant Galbraith had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as did Tyler Anderson with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Langara finished the first semester of the season with 3 wins and 3 losses which put them in 4th place in the league.
Camosun travelled to play Langara in a weekend double header to start 2019 and the Friday night game was every bit as close and exciting as the Falcons two point win in November. Both teams took turns taking the lead as the game featured many exciting offensive plays and fast breaks. After new addition to the team, point guard Royce Sargeant, knocked down a three-pointer with 2 minutes remaining to tie the game Antonio Jhuty then followed it with a three-pointer of his own to give the squad a three point lead. The Chargers hit a basket to close within one and Jhuty made 1 of 2 free throws to give Langara a two point lead with 7 seconds remaining. The Chargers then got the ball to their big man on the baseline and he hit a tough 15 foot jumper to tie the game at 89 and send it in to overtime. The overtime period belonged to Sargeant and Jhuty as they scored 14 of the teams 21 overtime points as Langara pulled away to win 110 to 98. Jhuty continued his amazing scoring , finishing the night with 41 points on 13 for 25 shooting and 10 for 12 from the free throw line. Sargeant put a clinic on with his quickness and ball-handling and he scored 33 points to go along with 6 assists, 7 steals, and 5 rebounds. “Antonio and Royce work very well together and are the most exciting backcourt in the league,” noted Coach Ebe. Big man Grant Galbraith did great work on the boards pulling down 15 rebounds and also scoring 12 points while Moeiz Athaya had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Both teams were definitely tired after a short turnaround for Saturday afternoon’s third and final game of league play. The game was very close once again, as Langara led by two at the half at 40 to 38. After three quarters, Camosun had taken the lead by two points 64 to 62. The fourth quarter continued to stay close, but with about 5 minutes left Camosun picked up their defense and the Falcons struggled to score. The Chargers slowly pulled away to win 88 to 75. “We didn’t play great team ball down the stretch and took some bad shots,” noted Eberhardt. “The 13 points we scored in the quarter is by far our worst quarter of the year.” Galbraith continued his consistent play with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Athaya had 21 points and 5 boards and Jhuty added 12 points. Newcomer Drake Downer chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds while Sargeant had an incredible 12 rebounds to go along with 5 assists and 7 points.
Langara now sits at 4 wins and 4 losses which puts them in 4th place in the PACWEST one game behind their next match-up, the Douglas Royals, who have 5 wins and 3 losses.