Mar 15, 2013

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Vancouver, BC – The Langara Falcons men's basketball team has moved in to the semi-final of the CCAA National Championships in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.

The Falcons jumped out to a 11-0 lead and never looked back as they easily defeated the host John Abbott Islanders in the final game of the opening day of the 2013 Canadian College Men’s Basketball National Championships on Thursday.

The Falcons experience showed as they controlled all facets of the game, building a 49-24 halftime lead. Playing in front of a supportive, packed house John Abbott played better in the second half – but were still unable to put a dent into the Falcons lead.

“We played very well,” Langara head coach Paul Eberhardt said. “We hadn’t played in 10 days so I was worried that we might be rusty. It was tough to play in the second half with such a big lead, but we told the guys that had to keep their focus. I have to give John Abbott a lot of credit, they could have quit but they didn’t. They made us work hard.”

Islanders coach David King felt his team played well under the circumstances. “We played well but not our best,” King said. “Their size and experience was just too much for us.”

Jitinder Lockman and Devin McMurtry led the Falcons with 16 points apiece, while Matt Madewan chipped in with 15. Sinnathural Shaneethan had a game high 23 points for John Abbott.

The Falcons face Holland College in their semi-final game tonight at 8:30 pm EST (5:30 pm PST).

See photos from the game against John Abbott, watch the game in full, or view post-game interviews:

Post-game interviews with player Matt Madewan and coach Paul Eberhardt. Video: Thorsten Gohl.
Interviewers: Glenn Ruby and Jeff Chu.

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