Men’s basketball maintains tie for fifth place after loss to Langara
By Courtnie Martin, Sports Reporter
With the men’s basketball team having already secured a position in the playoffs, February 21’s game against Langara was not an important game, but no team likes to take a night off. Playing the first-place, 20-1 Falcons, the Royals knew they were in for a tough night.
In the first quarter, Douglas did a decent job of tightening up their defence, but the Falcons had too much momentum coming into the game to be stopped. At the end of the half, however, Douglas was only down six and seemingly had a chance to take home the unexpected “W.”
“We did a really good job of keeping the game close in the first half. I don’t know what changed for us mentally, but the second half was very different. It was a good learning curve for us as we prepare for provincials,” said Ethan McKean.
McKean’s was correct in his description of the game, as the Royals broke down defensively and weren’t as successful on offence in the second half. By the end of the 40 minutes, Douglas had been defeated 102-59, placing Douglas in the last seat for provincials.
“I think once they started to gain a large lead we lost our composure. They had a great deal of size on us but we were competing at first. We have to learn to fight through adversity and I think we will be in a good place going into Provincials,” said Grant Campbell.
The Royals’ Provincials run starts on February 27 against the Quest Kermodes.