Kodiaks basketball teams face marquee matchups this weekend

Jan. 19, 2017 – Both Lethbridge College basketball teams enter this weekend’s action sitting among the top ten in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) rankings, and they have a chance to firm up those spots as they play marquee home-and-home matchups with the SAIT Trojans this weekend.

The Kodiaks women’s basketball team, which will host the 2017 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championship tournament in March, is third in the CCAA rankings with a perfect 9-0 record. This weekend, the Kodiaks tangle with the Trojans (7-2) who are in third place in the ACAC south division and ranked 12th in the CCAA. A 63-50 Lethbridge win over the Trojans in the first semester was the closest game that the Kodiaks have played this season. Lethbridge has two of the top five scorers in the ACAC this season, in Logan Moncks (19.8 points per game) who is in second place, and Sunder West (17.7 PPG) who is fifth.

On the men’s side, the Kodiaks and SAIT Trojans enter the weekend tied with identical 7-2 records. The Kodiaks have been hot of late, including a sweep of Ambrose College last weekend, and have moved up to ninth in the CCAA rankings. Lethbridge will have revenge on the mind as the Trojans earned an 89-83 win in the only meeting of the season between the teams, back in the season opener in November. The Kodiaks’ Cory Richardson is fourth in assists in the ACAC with 54, while Chris Maughn is seventh in rebounds, averaging 7.8 per game.

The home-and-home series begins in Lethbridge, with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m. and the men’s game at 8 p.m. on Friday in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. Kodiaks tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, youth and alumni, $3 for college employees and free for Lethbridge College students. Game times are the same on Saturday at SAIT and can be viewed on ACAC TV.

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The Kodiaks volleyball teams will play crucial contests on the road at Briercrest this weekend. For the men’s side, especially, this weekend is particularly important as the Kodiaks (6-8) are in fifth place in the ACAC south division and are trying to chase down the fourth place Clippers (9-5) who hold the division’s final playoff spot. The Kodiaks and Clippers split a pair of games in the first semester. Lethbridge is led by Andre Pires who is fourth in the ACAC in digs per set with 2.64 and Dax Whitehead who is fifth in the conference in kills with 164.

The Kodiaks women’s team is tied for fifth in the conference with a 4-10 record, and face an uphill battle against the first place Clippers (13-1) who are ranked third in Canada. Briercrest won both first semester meetings between the teams. Lethbridge is led by freshman Kristine Ward who is fourth in the conference, averaging 3.39 kills per set.

The women’s games begin action on both days with Friday’s games at 6 and 8 p.m. and Saturday’s at 1 and 3 p.m. in Saskatchewan. All games can be viewed on ACAC TV. For more information, check out the Kodiaks website or follow them on Twitter at @LC_Kodiaks.