Winning Plans Shattered in Lethbridge

 

Story by: Tyler Knee

Lethbridge was the site of a lot of basketball excitement this past weekend that saw quality play and glass shattering action.

The troubles for the young Kodiaks continued this weekend when they were home to the Keyano Wolves and the Grant MacEwan Griffins.

On Saturday the Griffins took advantage of a third quarter letdown by the Kodiaks to win the game 89-71.

The young Kodiaks have had trouble in the third quarter of games, falling behind and losing momentum on a number of occasions.

Ryan Heggie, men’s Kodiaks head coach has been waiting for someone to step-up and lead the team to victory.

“Third quarters have been tough for us. It’s a problem we have to fix,” says Heggie. “The guy’s are aware of the problem and now someone just needs to step-up and lead us through.”

Riel Houle, first year player had a breakout weekend. Saturday’s game saw him lead the team with 22 points after coming off the bench one night earlier to score 18 points.

“He’s really coming into his own. He’s starting to really excel and it’s really good to watch,” says Heggie.

Friday night’s action saw the Kodiaks fall in defeat in a back forth and battle to the Keyano Wolves. The Wolves took the contest 92-77

The game started with a 12-0 Keyano run that was not stopped until a Keyano player shattered the backboard glass with a slam-dunk.

This resulted in a lengthy break that proved to be beneficial for the Kodiaks. Following the break the Kodiaks pressured the Wolves and played a high tempo style of basketball.

Despite how close Friday night’s game proved to be, the Kodiaks once again had a tough third quarter that lead to their eventual defeat.

With an inexperienced team that consists of 13 rookie players and only two players in their second full year of play, there are bound to be some bumps along the road.

This can be beneficial for the individual players and the team going forward as those rookies will gain valuable experience that most rookies do not have to opportunity to receive.

“It’s something very valuable for them, and most players do not get that opportunity as a rookie. I’ve told them that they need to not take it for granted,” says Heggie.

The Kodiaks will have to rebound quickly as they have two important home games against Briercrest this coming weekend.