By Kyle Benning [sports bureau chief]
The Kwantlen University men’s basketball team had another breakdown in the third quarter as the Eagles lost 76-64 at home to a strong Langara College Falcons side.
Bernie Love’s Eagles went into the game on Jan. 20 with a quick tempo, and had every chance of picking up their second win of the season.
However, they would have to do it without Doug Meyers, who appeared to pick up a knock over the Kwantlen Winter Classic.
The Eagles’ worst nightmare haunted them as the team conceded 26 points in the third frame, and went into the fourth trailing by eight.
The biggest problem for the Eagles was containing Elliot Mason, who scored a game-high 23 points and shot 60 per cent from beyond the arc.
The Eagles also had issues boxing out. Mason picked up four of the Falcons 16 offensive rebounds.
The Eagles picked up eight offensive boards, with three coming from Ali Bosir.
It was a game of momentum as there were eight lead changes over 40 minutes.
But the Eagles really shot themselves in the foot when they stepped to the line.
There were several chances for them to take the lead or make it a one-possession game, but the home team could only hit 57 per cent of their free throws.
The men are in a similar position to that of the women, and will need to get as many points as they can from their last eight games if they want to play for a provincial title.
The Eagles are in ninth place, but mathematically can still make it to the provincial championships.