June 6, 2023

LONDON, Ont. — The Conestoga Condors men’s basketball team was defeated by the Fanshawe Falcons, 91-67, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Fanshawe College, bringing their string of losses to 10 in a row. The Condors’ record now stands at 0-10.

Conestoga head coach Matthew Buckley at Fanshawe College, London, Ont., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by Keegan Lavigne, Spoke News

“ I think this loss is like most of the other ones,” said Condors head coach Matthew Buckley. “We’re tight, we’re competitive, and then we kind of lose steam in that third and fourth quarter. It’s always learning in basketball. You have another 10 games in the next half of the season — that’s what we have to turn our focus to.”

Conestoga forward Brandon Simon said the team battled hard throughout the match.

“We’re playing good. We’re playing great defence and getting stops, as well we are minimizing [Falcons guard] Chris Parker’s points, so we’re doing really well on the defensive side and it’s keeping us in the game,” said Simon.

After a team suffers loss after loss, morale can become low and the key is to keep team morale up and remain competitive, Buckley said.

“It comes down to passion. If you love the game, you can lose a hundred games in a row and you’re still going to come back,” Buckley said. “The issue that we are going to have is just re-focusing. But these guys? Every practice they’re working hard; every game they are working hard, the results just aren’t there. There’s definitely something to be said for that. To come out tonight to have that type of first half where we’re competitive and we’re 0 and 10 — I mean that shows character.”

Simon added: “Our team’s hungry. We know our team’s strong and we can compete with every team in the league. It’s just our mentality and the way we finish our games.”

Condors forward Brandon Simon at Fanshawe College, London, Ont., on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018, Photo by Keegan Lavigne, Spoke News

Buckley was asked if the Falcons were a beatable team.

“I’d like to think so,” Buckley said. “The Falcons are a little bit more disciplined late in games, and I think that makes them tough to be beat. They’ve had some good wins against teams we’ve lost to, so they are strong. “

The Condors now move on to the second half of the season with their next game being against Mohawk College on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

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