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The Langara Falcons men’s basketball team win the PACWEST provincial championship

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The Langara Falcons win their first provincial championship since 1999.
The Langara Falcons win their first provincial championship since 1999.

The Langara Falcons went for gold in the PACWEST Provincial Championship and came out on top.

The men’s basketball team competed in the PACWEST provincial championship this weekend and came in first, allowing them to continue on to the CCAA National Championship. This is the 17th provincial championship for Langara, and the first since 1999.

Coach Paul Eberhardt had high hopes for his team before the game.

“I expect that we’re going to win,” he said.

The Falcons were able to skip the first round of the playoffs, because they finished first in the league in the regular season.

“That’s a nice advantage,” Eberhardt said.

The team played their first game of the tournament against the Douglas College Royals and won 103-71.

League rivals meet again for the championship

In the gold medal game, Eberhardt was proven right in his expectations with the Falcons winning 78-74 against the Vancouver Island University Mariners, of whom Eberhardt said they have a rivalry with.

“They’ve won it the last few years and we were able to beat them in three close games,” said Eberhardt.

The game against VIU was, once again, a very close game, with VIU in the lead for a good chunk of the game and leading 41- 37 at halftime.

When the game resumed, Langara caught up to VIU and ended up being tied 59-59 by the end of the third quarter.

The Falcons were able to ensure their win with seconds left on the clock when guard Elliott Mason, number 14, scored a three pointer, extending the Falcons lead into a six points.

Eberhardt said that the reason the boys are having such success this season is because there is no set “superstar” on the team.

“I think the guys showed a lot of faith in each other and a lot of faith in the system that we run,” said Eberhardt.

The team’s only loss this year was to the Columbia Bible College Bearcats, who didn’t make the finals.

Reported by Kelci Nicodemus

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