Jan. 7, 2018 – Michael Clemons has quietly cemented his place as one of the ACAC’s best all-time playmakers.
Already the conference’s career leader in assists, Clemons ascended to the top of another ACAC record after recording his 210th career steal in a weekend sweep of the Medicine Hat College Rattlers over the weekend.
Opening the new year at home on Friday, Clemons secured three steals in an 80-75 Kodiaks win. The effort propelled him past James Wohgeshaffen’s previous mark of 209 steals, set from 2009-14 with Briercrest.
Clemons then added two more steals and drained 29 points to lead the Kodiaks to a key 97-88 victory on Saturday in Medicine Hat’s SnakePit.
Now in his second season with the Kodiaks after spending three years with Grande Prairie Regional College, Clemons has been a key part of Lethbridge’s recent surge up the ACAC south division standings.
After dropping their first two games of the season, the Kodiaks have wins in seven of their last eight games and have moved into second place.
Friday, Jan. 4: Kodiaks 80, Rattlers 75
Opening 2019 at home, the Kodiaks used a strong fourth quarter to take a key victory from their Highway 3 rivals.
Trailing by a basket heading into the final frame, the Kodiaks let their key players deliver down the stretch. Lincoln Anderson scored six of his 17 points in the quarter, while Clemons finished off a double-double with a 13 point, 13 assist performance to help secure the win.
The teams went back-and-forth all game and were evenly matched throughout most statistical categories, although Lethbridge held the advantage with the long ball. The Kodiaks went 6-9 from 3-pt land, while the Rattlers made one of just three total attempts from beyond the arc.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Kodiaks 97, Rattlers 88
Entering the hostile environment of Medicine Hat’s SnakePit, the Kodiaks trailed by four at half but outscored MHC 57-44 the rest of the way to secure the season sweep of the Rattlers.
Clemons poured in a season-high 29 points to lead the charge, including 16 in the third quarter that helped the Kodiaks reel in their rivals. First-year Nick Gibb had his strongest game of the season coming off the bench, draining a trio of long balls and dropping in 20 points.
Orin Porter Jr. continued his strong play, recording a double-double with 13 pts and 12 rebounds.
The Kodiaks (7-3) continue their busiest stretch of the season, taking on St. Mary's in another home-and-home next weekend. Lethbridge will travel to Calgary for Friday's game before returning home to host the Lightning at Val Matteotti Gym on Saturday. Game time is set for 6 p.m. both nights and can be live streamed on ACACTV.ca.
Medicine Hat (6-5) strengthened their lead atop the ACAC south division and will host Olds College and Ambrose next weekend.