Men's Basketball finishes 3rd in ACAC regular season after weekend split vs RDC at home
The Kodiak Men’s Basketball team (15-5) had a tall order entering the final week-end of regular season play facing the Red Deer Kings(17-3) , ranked number one in the ACAC. Friday night the Kodiaks played a solid 40 minute game and held the high scoring Kings to just 27 points in the first half as they led 40-27. The final score gave Lethbridge a hard fought 82-66 win, although the game was much closer than the score indicated. Dom Coward led all scorers with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Travis Butt collected another 12 points and looks fully healed after his broken jaw suffered in the first half of the season. Also in double figures for Lethbridge were Will Hickey and Anthony Crouts with 11 and 10 points respectively. Chris Maughan pulled down 14 rebounds to go with his 8 points. Saturday was a shootout. The Kodiaks took the lead 102-100 with 3 seconds to go in the game on a Brendon Blood jump shot from the baseline. Red Deer called a time out and on the ensuing inbounds play threw a skip pass across the key to fifth year veteran Jacob Cusumano who hit the open three point shot for a 103-102 Red Deer victory as the buzzer sounded. Travis Butt and Chris Maughan each scored 22 points for Lethbridge. Dome Coward with 19, Will Hickey with 11, and Anthony Crouts with 10 all hit double figures in the scoring column. Red Deer veteran Clay Crellin scored 25 to lead all scorers.
At halftime the Kodiaks honored long time Basketball Official Morgan Munroe who is retiring at the end of the 20013-14 season. Munroe has officiated ACAC, High School, and CIS games for 20 years and was calling his last ACAC regular season home game Saturday afternoon. He also officiated the Women’s game Friday night. “I was personally very happy we had the pleasure of Morgan Munroe officiating our games this week-end,” said Kodiaks Athletic Manager Avery Harrison, “ he is such a class individual and has given so much to basketball over the years. We have so few opportunities to tell our officials how much they are appreciated. So this was pretty special for us and the fans to be able to thank him.”
The Kodiaks clinched third place and will play Briercrest (13-7) February 28th in Red Deer to open their play-offs. The Kodiaks split their series in Briercrest in October losing the season opener 87-86 before winning the second game 93-81.