Jitinder Lohcham was picked for the first all-star team

 

Vancouver: In a close game that had everyone from players to spectators on their toes, the Langara Falcons rose over the Red Deer Kings to capture the coveted Men’s Basketball CCAA National Championship. This is Langara’s first championship since consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999. The Falcons defeated the Red Deer College Kings 88-86 in a thrilling game, hosted by Quest University in Squamish. It was the second consecutive title for a PACWEST team; the Vancouver Island University Mariners were crowned champions last season.

Langara guard Brody Greig, hit 12/14 free throws – including 7/8 in the final minutes of the game – to finish with 24 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Elliot Mason had a great shooting game as he went 10 for 16 from the field including 4 three-pointers to score 25 points; he also pulled down 10 rebounds. Jitinder Lohcham also had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Garrett Ling-Lee scored 15 points. Glenn Ruby scored 11 points and played great defense as did Max Neumann who netted 9 points. Greig was named Most Valuable Player for the tournament. Lohcham was named to the first All-Star team, and Mason was named as a second team All-Star.

The squad went in to the tournament as the #1 seed and opened up the first day against the #8 seed the Concordia University College of Alberta Thunder. Langara reached the final after an equally dramatic overtime win in the semi-final versus the Vanier College Cheetahs. Trailing by 10 points with under two minutes to play, Elliot Mason hit three three-pointers to lead the comeback. The Falcons forced overtime before winning 103-102 on a last second layup by Greig.

The Falcons finished the year with an impressive record of 25 wins and only 1 loss giving Coach Ebe his 50th win as Langara coach in only two years. The team has gone 50 and 3 with two Pacwest Championships, one CCAA Bronze Medal and one CCAA Gold Medal the past two years.

The Falcons finished the year as the highest scoring team in the country averaging 99 points per game

Coach Paul Eberhardt was recognized as the PACWEST Coach of the Year at the CCAA All-Canadian banquet and Brody Greig was recognized as an All-Canadian for the second straight year.

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Jit dribbling with ball. 

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Jit celebrating with teammate Glen Ruby.

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Asian Journal spoke with Jitinder Locham who was named to the first All –Star team about the win, he said, “ At one time we were trailing 61-55 in the third quarter but the players kept their cool and came out as winners. I enjoyed my game and ended up playing really well.”

“I am glad about being named to the first All-Star team but very delighted with winning the tournament. We had really big comeback for semifinal. Eliot Mason hit big shots and brought us back into the game, Saturday’s final too was very close game, in the end the team work and training really paid off.”

When asked about his future plans, Jitinder said, “This is my 5th play year, once this is over I will consult my coaches and explore the possibility of playing in Europe or China.”

Jitinder is pursuing Recreation Leadership program at Langara College which he intends to complete before deciding anything about the game.

On his parents’ reaction to the win, Jitinder said they are simply elated. They supported me all through, without their love and belief in me, I wouldn’t be here today. Harpreet Singh Locham is happy at his son’s success and is looking forward to see his son play and win many more games.