Falcons Men’s Basketball – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Tue, 26 Nov 2019 02:53:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png Falcons Men’s Basketball – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Langara men’s basketball team wins big during study season https://www.langaravoice.ca/langara-mens-basketball-team-wins-big-during-study-season/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 03:00:43 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44715 By Henri Ngimbis The Langara Falcons show a high scoring performance by beating Columbia Bible College with a 32 point difference at home on Nov. 23, 2019. Last Saturday was the last basketball game of the term for the Falcons before their inter semester break. The Falcons won the game with a final score of […]]]>

By Henri Ngimbis

The Langara Falcons show a high scoring performance by beating Columbia Bible College with a 32 point difference at home on Nov. 23, 2019.

Last Saturday was the last basketball game of the term for the Falcons before their inter semester break. The Falcons won the game with a final score of 115-83.

“It was a big win for us, we were tied with that team. We had a tough loss last week so it’s very good for our confidence, our boys played very well today,” said head coach Paul Eberhardt on a postgame interview with The Voice.

Always looking for improvement

Eberhardt said that the team has 11 new players on the roster, which is very rare for a team to have that many.

“With 11 returning guys, I think the guys are starting to know each other a bit better now. So I’m pleased that our chemistry has gotten quite good,” Eberhardt said.

Eberhardt said that he’d like to improve on his team’s defense after the inter semester break.

“We have moments where we give up too many easy baskets, we don’t defend as well. That’s something that’s going to be a point for emphasis to get ready for January,” said Eberhardt.

Student athletes to focus on exams

Luka Lizdek, Falcons guard, largely contributed to his team victory with 29 points. He said he got his own little taste of exam stress by staying at the University of Ottawa for two years prior coming to Langara.

“I come here and try to organize my school work first. We’re going to get ready ahead of December. We have the whole December off and we’re going to try and win the league for sure,” Lizdek said.

Assistant coach Joey Dhillon said that the staff doesn’t put any pressure on players to prepare for the competition, because they know that players have exams coming up.

“We just try and keep everything simple for them, especially with exams coming up. There’s a reward after this game, just go hard, enjoy this game and after that it’s all about school,” Dhillon said.

Ronan Reid, Falcons forward, said that he’s been able to balance athletics and education thanks to some of his older senior years.

“I’ve always tried to balance with my classes and make sure I’m on top of it.”

 

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Falcons happy to make desperation heave at national championship https://www.langaravoice.ca/falcons-happy-to-make-desperation-heave-at-national-chamionships/ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 22:45:04 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=41385 Langara's men’s basketball team is feeling confident, despite the pressures of hosting this year’s national championships as an underdog team.]]>

Reported by Liam Hill-Allan

Langara’s men’s basketball team is feeling confident, despite the pressures of hosting this year’s national championships as an underdog team.

Langara is hosting the 2019 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Basketball National Championship at the Langley Events Centre from March 13 to 16. The Langara Falcons entered the tournament ranked last of the eight teams from across Canada.

Langara has not participated in the championship since 2015, when it tied for 5th place with Holland College from Prince Edward Island.

Underdog advantage

Coach Paul Eberhardt said the lower ranking has actually made the upcoming championship less daunting.

“I think there’s less pressure on us,” Eberhardt said. “The number one seed is supposed to beat us.”

Grant Galbraith, who plays centre for the Falcons, said the team’s lower ranking at the championships could actually provide them with an advantage.

“Teams won’t be expecting us to make as much noise as we plan on making,” Galbraith said. “Maybe they’ll take us more lightly and we’ll be able to surprise some teams and make a run at the championship.”

The team has had a rocky season so far. According to Eberhardt, injuries and player dropouts made for a difficult beginning.

Despite the team’s challenging start and underdog status, Eberhardt said he still has hope of success, though no expectations.

“No number eight seed has ever won the tournament,” Eberhardt said. “So I guess we’d kind of like to be the first.”

Pressure to perform

While a low ranking may take pressure off of players, Langara’s director of athletics and intramurals, Jake McCallum, said that hosting the championships puts pressure on the school.

“You’re hosting and you want to put your best foot forward,” McCallum said. “It’s always nice to get some wins at nationals.”

 

 

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Langara Falcons keep it in the family with father son duo https://www.langaravoice.ca/filial-first-for-falcons/ Sat, 03 Nov 2018 00:00:59 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=34011 Reported by Adam Levi Falcons’ athletic history will be made at the Langara men’s basketball season-opener on Nov. 2 when a son will suit up for the same team his father played on nearly four decades ago. In 1982, Ed Anderson became a member of the Falcons’ men’s basketball team. 36 years later, his son […]]]>

Reported by Adam Levi

Falcons’ athletic history will be made at the Langara men’s basketball season-opener on Nov. 2 when a son will suit up for the same team his father played on nearly four decades ago.

In 1982, Ed Anderson became a member of the Falcons’ men’s basketball team. 36 years later, his son Tyler Anderson will take to the court, making them the first father-son pair to both have played on the team, according to athletic director, Jake McCallum.

For the men’s basketball coach, Paul Eberhardt, it’s always special to see alumni keep their families connected to Langara athletics.

Falcons basketball player Tyler Anderson poses for a photo with his father Ed. “There’s such a tradition here,” Eberhardt said.

Former Falcons basketball player Ed Anderson posts up his son Tyler. Photo by Adam Levi
One of a kind

Ed and Tyler are not the only example of a family legacy at Langara. Jake McCallum and his father have both worked as Langara’s athletic directors.

“It’s always great when you can have those alumni connections,” Eberhardt said.

More than an alumni connection, the reconnecting of family will be a special moment for Ed as he gets to see Tyler play for the Falcons after he spent his freshman and sophomore years for the Brandon University Bobcats in Manitoba

“The last few years he’s played out of town,” Ed said. “Knowing this year that his games are in the Lower Mainland, just a short drive away, my wife and I are really looking forward to go and watch him.”

Distance and other circumstances may have kept the two apart, but they have been connected by basketball throughout the years. Both were provincial high school all-stars and both will have worn the no. 9 jersey.

One thing is for sure, though, Tyler wants to be the more accomplished athlete in the Anderson family, “I’m here to compete and have fun,” He said. “But, at the end of the day, I’m trying to beat [my dad] so I can have that one-up on him.”

Tyler Anderson grabs the net while standing underneath the basket in the Langara gymnasium. Photo by Adam Levi
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