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Two falcons, different flight paths

Mens' and womens' teams have disparate battles to fight as the regular season winds down

Langara Falcons split a two-game stand against Vancouver Island University. Photo courtesy of Langara Falcons
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Reported by William Crosby

The Langara Falcons men’s and women’s basketball teams have had drastically different results as the PacWest season winds down.

While the men are feeling confident, having already secured a playoff berth, the women are wondering whether they will even qualify at all. With a league record of 2 -10 for the women and 9-5 for the men’s team, the Falcons are almost at the end of the PacWest league.

In the league standings, the men’s team are currently tied for second, and coach Paul Eberhardt said the team has a lot going for it.

“Our strength is our ability to score and to get up and down the floor,” said Eberhardt, who noted that the men are currently the highest-scoring team in Canada, averaging at 96 points per game.

In addition, the men’s team has two players in the top five players in the league with Ravi Basra leading the league in assists and Martin Bogajev in the third place for total points.

Women grow stronger as a team

On the women’s side, Falcons guard Eloise Faehndrich said the high number of young new players this season affects the team’s confidence.

Faehndrich said she believed that despite the losses, the team as a whole was growing stronger.

“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs but I do think we’re improving and we’re learning more and more how to work as a team,” Faehndrich said.

Women’s coach Winston Brown said things were hopefully turning around for her team.

“Our weakness is inexperience,” Brown said. “We’ve had a bit of a change since last weekend was a pretty good weekend for us.”

You can catch the Falcons at their next games on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 at Capilano University.

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