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Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week

Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week (45)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 18:17 Written by Kat

Theo VandenEkart

November 26 – Theo VandenEkart (Sultan, WA/Everett CC) was instrumental in a key weekend series at home for the Kermodes. Quest had gotten off to a strong start and were hosting the fourth-place Douglas Royals followed by a showdown with defending CCAA National Champions and the CCAA #4 ranked Langara Falcons. On Friday night the Royals came out on fire and took a 51-46 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the second half Quest closed the gap and eventually took the lead in the final quarter on their way to a 93-85 win. After giving up a season high 51 points in the first half, the Kermodes clamped down defensively and held the Royals to 34 points the rest of the game. VandendEkart had three of his game high four steals in the second half. He finished the night shooting 50 percent from the floor, dropping 27 points and adding six rebounds. Saturday night, the Falcons came back to Squamish for the first time since their national championship victory over Red Deer in March. The Falcons commanded their biggest lead of the night going into halftime, up 14, and holding the Kermodes to just 22 first half points. The start of the third quarter was a different story as Quest exploded for 35 points and led at the three-quarter break 55-51. In that crucial 3rd quarter run, VandenEkart dropped 19 points, hitting 5/6 from beyond the arc. He finished the night with 28 points and six rebounds as the #13 Kermodes beat the #4 Falcons 73-69 to take over sole possession of second place heading into the winter break.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:37 Written by Kat

Montell Lindgren

November 19 – Montell Lindgren (Prince George, BC) had a solid weekend for the Falcons and the first-year guard is starting to settle into his starting role. At the helm of the up tempo Falcon’s offence over the weekend, Montell shot 6/12 from the field including 4/10 from the 3pt-line. The Duchess Park Secondary graduate averaged 9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 steals, all while turning the ball over only twice all weekend. He played great on the ball defence pressuring the opposing team’s point guards. Langara defeated KPU Eagles 114-70, and the CBC Bearcats 89-65. Montell showed why he is one of the most complete players in the league.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:48 Written by Kat

Justin King

November 12 – VIU took to the Lower Mainland for their first road games of league play. Friday night, at Douglas College, Justin King (Las Vegas, USA) led the way with 34 pts on 13/19 shooting. Along with his points, Justin collected 11 rebounds and 3 assists. While the game was close down the stretch, Justin was able to make key plays on both ends of the floor to help VIU secure the victory. On Saturday, the Mariners travelled to take on Langara. The Falcons were 2-0 coming into this game and nation's #1 ranked and defending 2014 CCAA national champions. Justin had 12 points through the first half. As the game went on, Justin made key plays including the shot to put VIU up by 5. This was a lead Langara wasn't able to recover from as the Mariners defeated the Falcons 77-70. Justin led the way with 30 points and 8 rebounds. His ability to attack in transition, secure key rebounds and make big shots were a huge help to the Mariners who move to 3-0 in league play.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 20:32 Written by Kat

Matt Cooley

November 5 – The KPU Eagles Athletics Matt (Madison) Cooley (Delta, BC) had a tremendous first-ever university game as he achieved a double-double with 20 points, 13 total rebounds, and three blocked shots. The first-year science student had a 70% shooting average, was successful in 11 of 16 attempted shots, and led his team in scoring for the night.
“Matt was a game-changer in terms of being very versatile on both sides of the court,” said Head Coach Vladimir Niki?. “He was aggressive on the boards, brought presence in the paint, has the ability to shoot the ball, and played the entire second half with four fouls to show great control, skill, and mental toughness.”

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 18:40 Written by Kat

Ali Bosir

Ali Bosir is a fifth year forward from Surrey, BC, who led the Kwantlen Eagles to a 87-76 victory over the CBC Bearcats this past Fridayto close out the 2014 campaign. It was Kwantlen’s second straight victory for the Eagles which helped the team finish in 7th place, four points ahead of CBC for last place.

Bosir scored 25 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in his final CCAA game of a great five year career.  The veteran also recorded 8 assists and one steal, while playing 36 minutes in the victory over the Abbotsford opponents.

In 5 years at Kwantlen, Bosir played 86 league games and tallied 1112 points (12.93 ppg); 797 rebounds (9.27 rbg) and 145 assists (1.69 apg). It is only fitting that Bosir receives the athlete of the week in his final league game of the season and his career.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:13 Written by Kat

Jitinder Lohcham

On Friday night the Langara Falcons made their final trek of the season over to Vancouver Island for match ups with the VIU Mariners and the Camosun College Chargers.

In was a battle of 2 of the league’s 3 giants as the Falcons were visited the home of the Mariners Friday night. The Falcons faced the #3 team in the PACWEST who were 14-4 going into the weekend. Games between these two teams have typically been tight contests andFriday was another example of that. The Falcons battled hard and took a three point lead into halftime 42-39. The second half was more of the same with neither team able to pull away. The Falcons got a great performance from 4th year forward Jitinder Lohcham who poured in 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Thanks in large part to Lohcham, the Falcons were able to pull out the win 76-75.

On Saturday the Falcons made the drive from Nanaimo to Victoria and faced off against Camosun in an afternoon tilt. Lohcham came up big for the Falcons again with 18 points and 14 rebounds to go with 2 blocks, and led the way to a Falcons win 84-72. Over the course of the weekend Lohcham shot an impressive 46% from the field and 78% from the line.

Up next for the Falcons is their last league game of the season at Douglas College Friday Feb 21, tip off 8:00 pm

Thursday, 13 February 2014 17:34 Written by Kat

Brandon Jones

5th year guard Brandon Jones had excellent weekend at home as the VIU Mariners defeated the Capilano Blues on Fridayand the Quest Kermodes on Saturday. Heading into the weekend, the Mariners sat 2 points behind second place Quest and 6 points behind the league leading Falcons

On Friday night vs the visiting Blues, Jones scored 25 points, including five 3's, to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  When he finally came out of the game with about 8 minutes remaining, the Mariners were already up 71-44.  VIU would finish the game with an 80-67 win.

On Saturday was the 3rd and final league meeting between the Mariners and Kermodes.  Back in November, VIU won at home, 76-65. In January’s rematch in Squamish, the Kermodes would tie the series with an 88-78 win.  VIU once again hosted Quest and Jones followed up Friday’s performance with 18 points and 9 rebounds against Quest in VIU’s 83-64 victory. Eight of those nine rebounds came down the stretch on a night where VIU struggled to rebound.  Jones played excellent defense and did a great job of running the team.

The weekend home wins helped the Mariners regain 2nd place in the PACWEST and the all-important tie-breaker with Quest. The Mariners have another huge home stand this coming weekend as the league leading Langara Falcons come to town. VIU face Langara on Feb. 14 and Douglas on Feb. 15.

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 16:26 Written by Kat

Brody Greig

On Friday night the Falcons traveled up the Sea to Sky Highway to meet the 2nd place Quest Kermodes on their home floor. The Falcons came out of the gate running and gunning and Quest was never able to catch up. At the half, the Falcons were up 55 to 35. In the third quarter a relentless fast break attack and excellent shooting shut the door on a Kermode comeback. Brody Greig was close to a triple double with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and led the Falcons to a decisive 113-80 victory. 

On Saturday the Falcons faced the Capilano Blues on the North Shore. Langara struggled defensively in the first half allowing the Blues to shoot almost 50% from the field, and as a result took a narrow 43-42 lead into halftime. The Falcons came out in the third with much more defensive intensity and were able to build a 12 point lead to take into the fourth. The Falcons went on to win 98-83, thanks in no small part to the stellar play of Greig who notched his 6th triple double of the season with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists.

The Falcons continue life on the road this week with a match up at Kwantlen on Thursday, February 6th and at the CBC Bearcats on Saturday, February 8th.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 17:04 Written by Kat

Jitinder Lohcham

The Langara Falcons have been awarded a record 6th straight Athlete of the Week in men’s basketball. Jitinder Lohcham is a 6’7” fourth year student-athlete from Vancouver, BC and had another stellar weekend for the Falcons

On Friday night the Falcons made their first of two trips to Vancouver Island to face Camosun College. The Falcons controlled the game from start to finish and got contributions from the entire team to go up 50 to 29 at half. In the second the Falcons showed their defensive skill and closed out the game 94 to 61. Lohcham had 11 points and 4 rebounds on the night.

On Saturday the team traveled to VIU to face their biggest rivals, the Mariners. The game was close from the start with the teams trading baskets throughout the first quarter. In the second quarter Lohcham caught fire and hit 7 out of 11 of his shots for 20 points. He stood tall on the defensive end as well grabbing boards and blocking shots. The Falcons went into half with a 50 to 41 lead. The third quarter saw the Falcons grow their lead to 12 and they closed out the game for the win 89 to 74.  Lohcham finished with 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 block shots.

Up next for the Falcons is a matchup with the 2nd place Quest Kermodes January 31st at 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 18:50 Written by Kat

Garrett Ling-Lee

On Friday night the Langara Falcons kept their winning streak alive versus the Columbia Bible College Bearcats. The Falcons jumped out early and never looked back putting up 59 points at the half and cracking the century mark at the end of the 3rd quarter leading 100-53 on their way to a 122-75 victory. Garrett Ling-Lee contributed 15 points in the win.

On Saturday night the Falcons hosted their final home game of the season against the Kwantlen Eagles. The first quarter of the game was fairly uneventful with the Falcons building a comfortable lead. In the second quarter the Falcons extended their defense and applied the pressure forcing the Eagles into numerous mistakes, only allowing them to score 9 points in the quarter. Up 44-17 at the half, Langara’s strong defensive play continued in the second half as they extended their lead, cruising to an 88-39 victory. Ling-Lee had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the win.

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