Band of ‘brothers’

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Band of ‘brothers’

For Kanyinda and Lansdowne, their friendship transcends the basketball court
DeAndre Lansdowne (ball) and David Kanyinda, who posed for The Durango Herald during practice at Whalen Gymnasium earlier this week, are longtime basketball teammates – through club ball, high school ball and college ball. Their friendship runs even deeper than that. The two consider themselves “brothers.”
David Kanyinda, with his longtime friend and fellow senior DeAndre Lansdowne (24) by his side, has some fun with the RMAC Shootout championship trophy Saturday at the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo. “It’s the kind of stuff kids dream about when they’re shooting in the yard,” Kanyinda said of winning the championship.
David Kanyinda and DeAndre Lansdowne, sharing an embrace near center court at the right of the frame, won an RMAC Shootout championship Saturday in Pueblo. “I don’t think we’ve ever won anything that big together. ... Us winning and being the two that ran to each other first and just jumped and hugged each other, it’s a great feeling,” Lansdowne said of his longtime friend and teammate.
Long list grows lengthier for Lansdowne

DeAndre Lansdowne has had a busy senior season.
On Wednesday, the Fort Lewis College basketball player’s résumé just got a little busier.
For the second consecutive season, Lansdowne was named to the Daktronics All-Central Region team. He followed up last year’s first-team honor with a second-team nod this time around.
The award is another on the 6-2 guard’s long list of accolades accrued this season:
b RMAC Preseason Player of the Year;
b RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year;
b Preseason All-America honorable mention;
b All-RMAC first team;
b All-Shootout team.
And those are just the awards. Also accomplished this season, and still being added to, are his all-time career records at FLC:
b 1,813 points;
b 663 field goals;
b 384 free throws.
Lansdowne, while no other Skyhawk has eclipsed even the 1,700-point marker, also checks in on the FLC top 20 in five other categories:
b 201 steals (second);
b 51 blocks (seventh);
b 552 rebounds (ninth);
b 251 assists (13th);
b 103 3-pointers (17th).
“The fact that DeAndre has played hurt all year long is a real tribute to his character,” FLC head coach Bob Hofman said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “Any honor he gets, he richly deserves. He’s been a great player for four years, and this is a nice tribute to all that he’s achieved here at Fort Lewis College.”
Lansdowne and the Skyhawks will continue their season against Mesa State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championships in Mankato, Minn.
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DeAndre Lansdowne (ball) and David Kanyinda, who posed for The Durango Herald during practice at Whalen Gymnasium earlier this week, are longtime basketball teammates – through club ball, high school ball and college ball. Their friendship runs even deeper than that. The two consider themselves “brothers.”
David Kanyinda, with his longtime friend and fellow senior DeAndre Lansdowne (24) by his side, has some fun with the RMAC Shootout championship trophy Saturday at the Colorado State Fair Events Center in Pueblo. “It’s the kind of stuff kids dream about when they’re shooting in the yard,” Kanyinda said of winning the championship.
David Kanyinda and DeAndre Lansdowne, sharing an embrace near center court at the right of the frame, won an RMAC Shootout championship Saturday in Pueblo. “I don’t think we’ve ever won anything that big together. ... Us winning and being the two that ran to each other first and just jumped and hugged each other, it’s a great feeling,” Lansdowne said of his longtime friend and teammate.
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