Men’s basketball loses to Langara
By Courtnie Martin, Sports Reporter
Playing second-place Langara College on November 22, the men’s basketball team knew they were in for a tough one. Though the Royals made a game of it, Langara prevailed in the end.
In the first quarter, Douglas struggled putting the ball in the hole. Langara shot nearly 50 per cent from the field, which didn’t allow for a fast break or defensive rebounds. Although the rebounding was fairly even across the board, Langara shot an incredible 45.5 per cent from the three-point line. Grant Campbell led the Royals’ scoring in the first half, hitting 14 points of the team’s 33 points.
The Royals walked out of the half down 15, but there was plenty of time on the clock to make a comeback. They contested the three-pointers much better in the second half but began to leave gaps open in the key. Langara capitalized on every opportunity in the paint. Campbell continued to play an exceptional game and was joined by his teammate, Andrew Baron, who put up 17 points. Unfortunately, the Royals lacked any other double-digit scorers.
In the final minutes of the game the intensity heated up profusely. Ethan McKean was hit, causing the referees to call a flagrant foul against Langara. The coach’s reaction resulted in a technical in addition to the flagrant. Campbell shot and made all four; despite his efforts, though—he finished with 36 points—Douglas took another loss. The final score was 80-101.
“We had three things defensively that we wanted to do and we did a poor job of that. Not to mention they hit mostly all their shots. But tonight highlighted the three key principles and it taught us what we just can’t do,” said coach Denis Beausoleil.