Brody Greig, Elliot Mason light it up as Langara hands VIU first loss

Langara point guard Brody Greig fought through injury and put up a massive triple-double in a win over VIU. - Brian Jones Photo

Langara point guard Brody Greig fought through injury and put up a massive triple-double in a win over VIU. – Brian Jones Photo

Brody Greig hadn’t practiced all week.

According to Greig’s coach, Paul Eberhardt, the point guard’s knee was the “size of a blimp” on Wednesday, and that he had to have it drained and then take antibiotics.

When his Langara College Falcons hosted the Camosun College Chargers on Friday November 29, Greig sat the game out and watched his teammates cruise to a 110-78 victory.

Eberhardt tweeted later that night that Greig was “doubtful” for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

So what did Greig end up doing on Saturday afternoon, you wonder?

Not much… except play all 40 minutes, drop 21 points, grab 10 rebounds and dish out 16 assists – leading his team to a 102-85 win over VIU – handing the Mariners’ their first loss of the season.

“I really wasn’t sure if he’d play until game time, but then he just said ‘Don’t worry about it, I’m good to go,’” said Eberhardt.

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PacWest Week 4 Power Rankings

Elliot Mason, the 6-6 Langara sharpshooter, earned PacWest Player of The Week honours for his 16-point, 11-rebound performance versus Douglas on November 22. - Brian Jones Photo

Elliot Mason, the 6-6 Langara sharpshooter, earned PacWest Player of The Week honours for his 16-point, 11-rebound performance versus Douglas on November 22. – Brian Jones Photo

With only a single game of basketball for each team this past weekend and no resulting upsets, the rankings haven’t budged since Week 3.

VIU hammered Camosun 93-51, urging me to completely disband the term ‘island rivalry’ from my vocabulary for the rest of the season. I’m upset to have even mentioned it in that last sentence.

Brandon Jones, third in PacWest scoring at 19.3 points per game, had a rather quiet offensive outing but still managed to put up an impressive stat line, tallying nine points, seven rebounds and 13 assists. The frontcourt duo of Jason Fortin and Seth Goodman led the Mariners in scoring at 19 and 14 respectively. Goodman and Fortin are currently the top-two rebounders in the league, with the former slightly edging out the latter 9.2 to 8.5.

VIU is torching the rest of the Lower Mainland, scoring 25.4 more points on average than their opponents so far.

But the lull in movement throughout the rankings may be short lived.

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Langara beats Douglas, but draws ire of coach

    Langara Falcons point guard, and PacWest player of the week, Brody Greig. - Brian Jones Photo

Langara Falcons point guard, and PacWest player of the week, Brody Greig. – Brian Jones Photo

Two questions have hung over the Langara College Falcons like a cumulus Vancouver cloud for over a month:

Are they as good as they were last year?

And, can they beat VIU?

The answer to the first question is subjective. They’ve lost big pieces from last year’s historical provincial championship run, but their best players have gotten better and the supporting cast is still one of the best second units in the PacWest.

They addressed the doubts that any skeptic (including myself) had about their depth last night, as the Falcons bench contributed 43 points in a 101-80 win over the Douglas College Royals at Langara’s campus.

Four of the starting fourth-years posted double-digit scoring numbers, and Maple Ridge’s Max Neumann had his best game of the adolescent season, adding 10 points, eight rebounds, three emphatic blocks and went a perfect two of two from distance in 17 minutes off the pine.

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Langara beats Capilano at home to remain undefeated early

Langara centre Jitinder Lohcham attacks inside. Lohcham finished the night with 25 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. - Brian Jones Photo

Langara centre Jitinder Lohcham attacks inside. Lohcham finished the night with 25 points, eight rebounds and six blocks. – Brian Jones Photo

During the halftime break of last night’s game between Langara and Capilano, I walked out of the gym and down the corridor of Capilano’s Sportsplex to the washroom. As I made my way past Langara’s team room, I noticed the entire roster of players sitting on chairs in a semi-circle facing a wall, as if attentively listening to a lecture.

At first, I assumed that head coach Paul Eberhardt was going over what needed work as they headed into the second half with a marginal 43-39 lead over Capilano, but when I turned back to look in the gym, I saw Eberhardt and his assistants gathered back at the team’s bench, going over the stat sheet and relevant clipboards.

It wasn’t a coach that had the player’s attention in the team room – it was an orange jersey-ed Falcon. I couldn’t quite see who was talking, as my view was obstructed by the poster-plastered windows, but Eberhardt had a pretty good clue.

“I would expect [Glenn] Ruby to be the voice in the room, I would expect him to stand up at that time,” said Eberhardt. “But it’s been really interesting this year, as I’ve noticed that all of the veterans are doing of teaching with our younger guys. Last year it was irritating because I didn’t think they talked enough. But they’ve definitely embraced that this year.”

Whether it was the third-year utility player from Clayton Heights leading the halftime pep-talk or not, whatever was said certainly carried over into the second half.

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PacWest Preview – Langara College Falcons

Brody Greig - perhaps the most entertaining player to watch in the PacWest - puts up his patented floater over Harp Randhawa during last season's provincial tournament. - Brian Jones Photo

Brody Greig – perhaps the most entertaining player to watch in the PacWest – puts up his patented floater over Harp Randhawa during last season’s provincial tournament. – Brian Jones Photo

Regular-season record: 20-1

Provincial tournament: Gold medallists

National tournament: Bronze medallists

Key returning players:

  • Brody Greig (4th year)
  • Jitt Lohcham (4th year)
  • Elliot Mason (4th year)
  • Glen Ruby (4rd year)
  • Garrett Ling-Lee (4th year)
  • Daniel Hobden (4th year)
  • Matt Madewan (4th year)
  • Martin Appiah (2nd year)
  • Manpreet Parmar (2nd year)

Transfers:

  • Max Neumann (1st year –University of Alberta red shirt in ’12-’13)
  • Daniel Kim (2nd year – Douglas College)

Key losses:

  • Jesse Jeffers (Trinity Western University)
  • Randjodh Hare
  • Devin McMurtry (University of Northern British Columbia)
  • Jeff Chu (University of Northern British Columbia)

Rookies:

  • Jamie Madewan (R.C. Palmer Secondary)
  • Jesse Mushiana (Winston Churchill Secondary)
  • Devante Williams (Northview Heights – Toronto)
  • Nick Jhauj (Red shirt – Enver Creek Secondary)

 

There’s been an emerging theme so far in the PacWest; forget the past, and this is a whole new season.

No such words of wisdom are more true for the Langara Falcons – who look to put their nearly-flawless season in the rearview as they gear up for another run at the provincial and national titles.

In 2012-13, the Falcons lost just one regular season matchup – a 102-100 loss to CBC that ended with Bearcats guard Kevin Ford banking in a three with just 1.8 seconds left in regulation. Before that CBC game, Langara began the season with 12-straight wins, and rattled off another 11 victories thereafter – a streak that stretched from January 25 to March 14, included a PacWest provincial title, as well as an opening-round win at nationals.

But then the wheels fell off an almost-perfect crafted vehicle, as PEI’s Holland College upset the surging Falcons in the national semifinals. Not quite ready to throw away everything they had worked towards, Langara battled back the next day, beating Red Deer and Sheridan to claim bronze.

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