Men’s Kodiaks win games in thrilling fashion

Story by: Tyler Knee

 

The men Kodiaks showed what thrilling basketball looks like this past weekend against Medicine Hat College.

The Kodiaks took both games against Medicine Hat and both games were exciting and full of ups and downs.

Saturday’s game saw the Kodiaks win in overtime 94-93. In a game that was back and forth right to the very end the Kodiaks showed a great deal of resolve during many points of the game.

“After such a strong performance on Friday I thought that we didn’t perform as well in the fourth quarter, but we stuck with it and put ourselves into a position to win,” said Kodiak’s head coach Ryan Heggie.

The men’s team scored what they believed to be the winning basket with .01 seconds left on the clock late in the fourth quarter. This would not be the case after a controversial call gave Medicine Hat a basket after the ball went through the hoop with a toss from outside the court.

The call upset players and Lethbridge College fans alike as it did not look as though the Medicine Hat player touched the ball before it went through the hoop, which is required for there to be a basket.

“We didn’t think the Medicine Hat player touched the ball, which would have given us the win,” said Heggie. “That’s the call that was made, though, and I was really impressed that the guys put it passed them and performed really well in overtime.

One player that performed very well in overtime was Travis Butt who scored the winning free throws to give the team the win.

“Obviously I was nervous shooting free throws with a chance to win late in overtime,” said Butt who is a 70 per cent free throw shooter on the year.

Friday’s game saw the Kodiak’s win on the road against Medicine Hat 100-94. The game was among the strongest the men have played all season.

The Kodiak’s win resulted in a very important momentum boost for the team going forward in the season.

“Winning on the road against a good team like Medicine Hat was a big confidence boost for us,” said Heggie.

“We had a really strong balanced effort and had five players in double figures for points. I thought we really stuck to our game plan and executed out offence very well.”

The two wins on the weekend coupled with two wins by the women Kodiaks allowed Lethbridge College to take home the Prairie Cup, which is a title contested by Medicine Hat College and Lethbridge College sports teams throughout the school year.

The team will look to continue winning ways as they host Red Deer College this weekend.