angara’s win over VIU on Saturday lifts them up in this week’s rankings. – Brian Jones Photo
Only one change in this week’s Power Rankings, but it’s a major one.
VIU, who held the number-one spot in the rankings for the first four weeks of the season, has dropped to the number-two spot, trading places with Langara after the Falcons beat the Mariners 102-85 at home in Vancouver on Saturday.
VIU didn’t look as strong as usual against Douglas the night before, escaping with an 83-79 win, and then had a lot of trouble trying to keep up with the surging Falcons the following afternoon.
Langara has been on a terror since shedding their only loss to Quest in week two. The Falcons have eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of their last five bouts, and in six of eight total games so far this season.
“I would say we’re right on track. We’re just now figuring out how to use our bench effectively,” said Langara’s head coach Paul Eberhardt. “We had a much better idea how to use our bench last year than this year, but we’re starting to get good rotations and guys are figuring out how to play with each other. I’m happy where we’re at, but we still have a long way to go.”
Cartiea French-Toney and the Quest Kermodes look to shift the balance of power in the PacWest. – Brian Jones Photo
Regular-season record: 11-10
Provincial tournament: Bronze medallists
Key returning players:
Cartiea French-Toney (4th year)
Jose Colorado (4th year)
Connor Heinrichs (4th year)
Mike Zayas-Duran (3rd year)
Denzel Laguerta (2nd year)
Mike Powell (2nd year)
Justin Tryon (2nd year)
Daniel Hoffmann (2nd year)
Jeevan Bhogal (1st year – red shirt in 2012-13)
Mo Dadfar (2nd year)
Dylan Kular (4th year – injured, expected to miss season)
Shedrick Nelson (4th year – Western Washington)
Sunny Johal (University of New Brunswick)
Josh Beasley (University of New Brunswick)
Brodan Thiel (Graduation)
Jesse Norris (Graduation)
There’s a hierarchical structure of power in the PacWest.
It used to be VIU, UNBC, and then everyone else. Then UNBC made the jump to the CIS’s Canada West division last year, while VIU maintained their longstanding success and won the CCAA national championship. When Paul Eberhardt returned to the PacWest and took over the head-coaching reigns at Langara last year, he helped elevate the Falcons to an instant powerhouse – going 20-1 in the regular season, claiming the provincial championship, and is now poised to have another great season after returning the bulk of last year’s roster.
But Sean Shook and the Quest University Kermodes feel that there might be a little more room on the pedestal that VIU, UNBC, and now Langara have occupied for the latter half of the last decade.