March 2, 2013, Victoria, BC – Friday’s second semi-final featured the 4th seeded Royals up against the heavily favoured Falcons. Langara began the game by hitting a triple, and never looked back starting on a 20-0 run.
Douglas had no answer for Pacwest MVP Brody Greig and the high powered Falcon’s offense. Just when Douglas thought they had Langara’s man defense figured out, the Falcon’s would bring out a press. After calling a timeout to correct for the press, Langara shifted into a zone. At the end of the 1st, the Falcons were out to a comfortable 41-12 lead.
“That first quarter was absolutely phenomenol,” said Langara Head Coach (and Coach of the Year) Paul Eberhardt, “I was a little worried about the week off… [but] the guys came hungry to play.”
The 2nd quarter was a little more evenly matched as the Royals found their defense and we able to hold Langara to 19 points. Even so, Greig was still able to slice through Douglas’ D and found his teammates for 10 1st half assists giving the Falcons a 60-26 lead at halftime. The lone bright spot before the break for the Royals was 3rd year forward Harpreet Randhawa who had 8 points and grabbed 4 boards.
Douglas actually came out firing in the 3rd and attempted to mount a charge on the back of point guard Andrew Baron’s long range shooting. Unfortunately it was too little too late for the Royals as they never could mount a legitimate threat to the lead. The game got a little chippy in the 4th quarter with multiple players from both sides being called for unsportsmanlike fouls, so both coaches did the smart thing and pulled out their starters.
Langara forward Jitinder Lohcham was the Falcons high scorer with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting. “Our biggest focus was rebounding and defense,” stated Lohcham after the game, “no second chance opportunities”. Greig finished with 9 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals for Langara and was named player of the game. Randhawa had a double-double for the Royals with 19 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.
Next up for the Falcons are the 2nd seeded VIU Mariners in the Gold Medal game. Langara won all three previous meetings, but each match was tight. “Every game was close,” said Eberhardt when asked about the Mariners, “it should be a very competitive game.” Lohcham agreed with his coach and mentioned a similar game plan for his team: “Expect the same thing… high energy” he told the post-game reporter, “everybody is hungry.”
MEN: Langara College Falcons (#1) vs. Douglas College Royals (#4)
Men’s Scores By Quarters
Quarter 1: LC 41-12 DC
Quarter 2: LC 60-26 DC
Quarter 3: LC 86-53 DC
Quarter 4: LC 103-71 DC (FINAL SCORE)
The Bronze Medal game between Douglas College and Quest will be at 3:00 Saturday afternoon. The Gold Medal final tips off at 8:00 between Langara and VIU. Both games are held at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence located in Victoria, BC.