Kodiaks basketball tips off the charge towards the championships

Jan. 13, 2017 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks basketball teams begin the second semester of ACAC action this weekend, playing a home-and-home series with Ambrose College, beginning Friday in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.

For the women’s team, the games unofficially mark the start of the run towards the 2017 ACAC Championship Tournament, which Lethbridge College will host from March 1 to 4. The Kodiaks sit third in the CCAA rankings, after putting together a perfect 7-0 first semester.

They will look to keep their winning ways going against the Lions (1-6) who are last in the ACAC south division. The Kodiaks have the best offense in the ACAC, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They are led by Logan Moncks (second year – Business Administration-Management) who is second in scoring in the entire conference, averaging 20 points per game. Sunder West (third year – General Studies) and Emma Lowry (fourth year – Massage Therapy) are also in the top eight in ACAC scoring, both averaging just over 16 points per game. The Kodiaks beat Ambrose 90-49 in the first semester.

The Kodiaks men’s team (5-2) has returned the CCAA rankings for the first time since the opening week of the season, sitting in 13th place. The bump was largely thanks to a pair of exhibition wins last weekend over NAIT and Concordia, currently the top two teams in the ACAC’s north division.

The team looks to keep its winning ways going against the seventh-place Lions (1-6). The Kodiaks success has been largely driven by its stifling defensive play, allowing just 58.4 points per game, the second-best mark in the ACAC. Chris Maughn (third year – Business Administration-Management) is seventh in the conference in rebounds per game (7.6) while also averaging nearly 15 points per game. The Kodiaks beat Ambrose 87-69 in the first semester.

The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by 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 Ambrose College and can be viewed on ACAC TV.

The Kodiaks volleyball teams are off this weekend.