Kodiaks tip-off second half against rival Rattlers
Jan. 2, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks basketball teams return to the floor this weekend to begin the 2019 portion of the ACAC schedule. The Kodiaks take on arch-rival Medicine Hat College in a home-and-home series that begins Friday at the college’s Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Both Kodiaks teams sit in playoff positions after the first eight games of the season, but action will really pick up for the teams with 13 games remaining before the ACAC championships in late February.
Kodiaks (6-2) vs Rattlers (8-1)
After missing the playoffs last season, the Kodiaks women have turned their fortunes around this year with a 6-2 record. The Kodiaks are third in the ACAC south division, but have a chance to close ground on the first place Rattlers, who come in with an 8-1 mark. Revenge will be on the minds of the Kodiaks after the Rattlers won a first semester meeting between the teams, 76-45 on Oct. 26.
The Kodiaks have won four straight games and have two players averaging double-digits in points. Juhee Anderson (fourth year, Exercise Science, Cardston) leads the Kodiaks with 14.5 points per game, while Jocelyn Neilson (first year, Physical Education and Leadership, Lethbridge) is averaging 10.6 points per game and is fourth in the ACAC in shooting percentage (50.7 per cent).
Kodiaks (5-3) vs Rattlers (6-3)
After losing back-to-back games to open the season, the Kodiaks men’s team has been on fire since, going 5-1 to hit the break with a 5-3 record and a fourth place standing in the ACAC south division. The turnaround began with a 103-92 win over Medicine Hat on Oct. 26, where the Kodiaks got 28 points from Orin Porter Jr. (third year, Academic Upgrading, Incline Village, Nev.) and 25 points and 12 rebounds from Lincoln Anderson (second year, General Studies, Cardston). The Rattlers are 6-3 this season, tied for second in the south division.
Porter and Anderson have paced the Kodiaks offense all season and both players are in the top five in ACAC scoring. Porter is third, averaging 21.8 points per game, while Anderson is fifth, averaging 20.8 points per game. The Kodiaks are the second-highest scoring team in the ACAC.
The team is also on milestone watch, as Michael Clemons (fifth year, Exercise Science, El Paso, Texas) is just two steals away from tying the all-time ACAC record of 209 steals, currently held by former Briercrest player James Wohgeshaffen. Clemons is already the ACAC’s all-time leader in assists.
The Kodiaks host the Rattlers on Friday. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8 p.m. at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. General admission tickets are $8, seniors, alumni and youth tickets are $5, Lethbridge College employee tickets are $3, and Lethbridge College students are free.