Bounce back win puts Kodiaks in bronze semis

Recap provided by the CCAA, written by Carson Deveau of Holland College Journalism.

CHARLOTTETOWN - The Lethbridge Kodiaks kept their bronze medal hopes alive, defeating the George Brown Huskies 91-68 in the first bronze medal quarterfinal of the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Grady Taylor paced the seventh-seeded Kodiaks with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists to take Player of the Game honours, while Ted Johnson earned the distinction for the sixth-seeded George Brown, leading the team with 15 points coming off the bench.

Both teams got off to slow starts on the offensive end, making four of their first 19 combined shots in the first five minutes of the game.

With both offenses struggling, it was the Kodiaks who battled and came away with the 18-15 lead going into the second quarter.

In the second frame, the Kodiaks woke up, going on a 14-3 run to start the quarter to build a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, outscoring George Brown, who were without CCAA All-Canadian Ajahmo Clarke, 30-8 in the second to take a 48-23 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was similar to the second, with the Kodiaks starting on a 16-7 run and building their lead to as many as 37 points, extending their advantage to 77-41 going into the fourth.

Lethbridge will face the loser of the gold medal semifinal between the host Holland Hurricanes and Sheridan Bruins tomorrow at noon, while the Huskies will take on the loser of the Mount Allison Mounties and SAIT Trojans in the tournament’s placement game, tomorrow at 2 p.m. Atlantic.