Friday recap - WBB sets up chance at undefeated regular season
Feb 25, 2017 – Hitting the Val Matteotti court for their final regular season home stand, the Kodiaks men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off a weekend series against the Briercrest Clippers with a pair of big wins on Friday night.
WBB – Kodiaks victory sets up chance for second straight undefeated regular season
Another big night from second-year forward Logan Moncks helped the Kodiaks offence explode again on Friday, as the Lethbridge offence hit over the century mark for the second time this season. Moncks strong play in the paint helped her record a game-high 24 points, as the Kodiaks thrashed Briercrest 105-74.
The Kodiaks (20-0) used their tenacious defensive style to pressure the Clippers into multiple turnovers early in the game. Lethbridge jumped out to a 30-22 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, outscoring Briercrest in every quarter.
Amy Arbon had her biggest night of the season, achieving her first triple-double of the year by recording 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first time Arbon had reached double digits in points this season. She was named the Kodiaks player of the game for her efforts.
Sunder West also chipped in 19 points, while Leah Ekubazgi contributed 15 points off the bench.
The women can complete their second consecutive perfect regular-season if they sweep the Clippers with a win on Saturday afternoon. The teams will tip-off in a rare matinee game, starting at 1 p.m.
MBB – Win over Clippers keeps Kodiaks in hunt for third place
With a playoff spot already secured, the Kodiaks entered the weekend determined to improve on their current seeding for next week’s conference tournament. A win on Friday helped that cause, as the Kodiaks emerged victorious in an 81-65 win over Briercrest.
Keanu Funa and Grady Taylor both had impressive efforts while recording double-doubles in the victory. Funa scored 11 points in 19 minutes off the bench, while adding 12 rebounds. Taylor had a team-high 16 points to go along with ten rebounds. Funa was named the Kodiaks player of the game for his performance.
After blitzing to a 26-16 first quarter lead, the Kodiaks (14-6) were able to get everyone involved in the game, with ten players receiving at least 15 minutes of game action. Rebounds were the key to victory for Lethbridge, who won the battle on the glass 53-34, including 19 offensive boards.
The win puts Lethbridge just two points back of SAIT and Red Deer for third place in the ACAC south division. With only one game remaining, the Kodiaks cannot catch SAIT since the Trojans hold the regular season tie-breaker by virtue of winning two of the three matchups between the teams this season. However, Lethbridge can pass Red Deer with a victory on Saturday, as the Kodiaks hold the tiebreaker after defeating the Kings two out of three games this year. Red Deer is idle Saturday, having already completed their regular season schedule.
Saturday's match will be the last chance for local fans to catch the men's team live before the ACAC conference tournament begins next week in Medicine Hat. Tip-off against the Clippers goes at 3 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday’s games will be available at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium door and are just $8 for adults, $5 for Lethbridge College alumni and seniors, $3 for Lethbridge College staff and free for Lethbridge College students with valid college I.D.
Bracket set for RE/MAX 2017 ACAC Women’s Basketball Championship
Friday’s results have finalized the field for the upcoming ACAC women’s basketball championships, which will be hosted by the Lethbridge College Kodiaks at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium from March 2-4.
The Medicine Hat Rattlers punched their ticket to the tournament with a 91-53 win over Ambrose on Friday. The Ratters victory eliminates Red Deer from tournament contention. Medicine Hat will play NAIT, the number one seed in the north, in their opening round game next Thursday.
In the north, the Lakeland Rustlers secured the north division’s number four seed by virtue of Augustana dropping a 68-47 decision to NAIT on Friday. The Rustlers will be the Kodiaks first round opponent after Lethbridge College secured the top seed in the south last weekend. Lakeland and Lethbridge College will face off at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening.
For updated tournament information, including schedule and ticket information, visit gokodiaks.ca/championships.
About the Lethbridge College Kodiaks
Lethbridge College is a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and competes against 16 other member institutions from across Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Kodiaks offer ten men’s and women’s varsity intercollegiate athletics programs, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, futsal, cross country and indoor track. The Kodiaks are proud owners of 56 ACAC championships and 11 national titles.