Royals outlast Falcons in barnburner

Royals forward Harpreet Randhawa shoots a fadeaway jumper over Falcons defender Jitinder Lohcham during Douglas' 78-74 win Friday night in New Westminster. Randhawa notched a double-double in the game, with 10 points an 10 rebounds. - Brian Jones Photo

Sixteen lead changes, 12 ties, but only one winner.

39-and-a-half minutes into Friday night’s PacWest regular season game between the Douglas College Royals and the Langara Falcons, your guess was as good as mine as to who would come out on top. It was only in the last 25 seconds that Douglas, led by a 21-point effort from Harmeet “Mity” Mahal, pulled out a 78-74 victory, improving their record to 2-2 on the season.

“It was great,” said Royals head coach Denis Beausoleil. “Especially coming back from a game where we were up, and then didn’t close it out [against Camosun College], to a game that was now closer, and the guys executed down the stretch.”

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Cap looks to bounce back after exhibition loss to SFU

SFU guard Javari Williams goes up for an uncontested two-handed flush against Capilano University on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Williams had 32 points, six rebounds and five assists in the exhibition game. - Brian Jones Photo

Sometimes A lot of the time, waiting until the second half to turn it on doesn’t work. The Capilano Blues found that out the hard way last night.

Sophomore guard Javari Williams poured in 32 points, along with six rebounds and five assists, leading the Simon Fraser University Clan to a 102-81 win over the Capilano University Blues Wednesday night at SFU’s West Gym.

“I really think it was just how the game started, “ said Blues head coach Jordan Yu. “I don’t know if our guys were intimidated or not, but we were not jelling at all in the beginning of the game.”

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Strong second half lifts Camosun over Douglas

Chargers point guard Jordan Elvedahl hits the final free-throw of the game as players from both squads watch. Elvedahl had eight points, five assists and four rebounds in Camosun's 74-67 win over Douglas College Saturday, Nov. 19. - Brian Jones Photo

What the Camosun Chargers lacked in consistency, they completely made up for with perfect timing.

Blake Mansbridge and Trevor Scheurmann each scored 17 points for the Chargers en route to a come-from-behind 74-67 win over the Douglas College Royals Saturday afternoon at Douglas’ New Westminster campus.

The Chargers were down as much as 19 points early on in the third quarter, but put up a huge second half in order to keep their undefeated record in the PacWest alive.

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Royals beat number-four ranked team in the country

Royals forward Malcolm Mensah floats one over VIU defender Jacob Thom during Douglas' 84-68 win over the Mariners Friday night. - Brian Jones Photo

You could have called it David versus Goliath, a Hoosiers remake, or whatever other overused underdog cliché you want.

Led by third-year forward Ravi Athwal and fourth-year UNBC transfer Harmeet Mahal, the Douglas College Royals upset the Vancouver Island University Mariners 84-68 Friday night at Douglas’ New Westminster campus.

The only problem with calling it an upset? Neither of the teams involved thought of it that way.

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Day in the Life: Speeches Beyond

This story was for a feature project in the winter of 2010. Obviously not basketball-related but it’s a fun piece so I’d thought I’d include on this blog.

Speeches Beyond raps at his usual spot at the corner of Granville and Georgia streets in downtown Vancouver. – Brian Jones Photo

When Jason Eastwood steps onto the SkyTrain platform at New Westminster Station, he’s still Jason Eastwood. But when he steps off the train at Granville Station, he no longer goes by the name he was born with, but assumes the identity of the street-rapping truth-spitter Speeches Beyond.

He gets out of the station, wheeling a cart that holds his precious amplified speaker and basket of CDs, and walks only a few yards up to the storefront windows outside of The Bay department store on Granville Street. Eastwood takes the black garbage bag cover off the amp and places it aside, then carefully sets the amp down beside his cart. He treats it like a newborn.

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Rookie shines as UBC dominates Brandon in regular season opener

Second-year UBC forward Tommy Nixon looks to kick it out to the corner as he drives baseline against two Brandon defenders. - Brian Jones Photo

No one is doubting Malcolm Williams anymore.

The UBC Thunderbirds freshman guard gained many critics after a lacklustre performance in the preseason, but after a career-high 19 points, along with five rebounds and four assists in Friday night’s 91-55 blowout of the Brandon Bobcats, Williams is primed to play a big role in this year’s championship-calibre squad.

“We’ve been tough on this group,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. “We’ve set the bar pretty high by going to the national championships eight of the last nine years. Even freshmen coming in, we expect them to be great right away, and sometimes we forget that they’re true freshmen.”

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