Jan. 14, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team suffered a disappointing split with the St. Mary’s University Lightning in a home-and-home series last weekend.
Visiting Calgary on Friday, the Kodiaks let a 17-point halftime lead slip away in a shocking 66-63 loss. St. Mary’s held the Kodiaks to just six points in the fourth quarter, roaring back to claim their third win of the year.
Desperate for redemption, the Kodiaks earned a commanding 92-72 win as they returned home the following night. Lethbridge exploded for 27 points in both the second and third quarters, dominating the Lightning down low by outscoring them 42-26 in the paint.
The Kodiaks are now 8-4 and find themselves in a three-way tie for second in the ACAC south division. They will now prepare for a measuring stick test on Friday, when they host the undefeated SAIT Trojans at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Friday, Jan. 11 – Kodiaks 63, St. Mary’s 66
Recap provided by St. Mary’s sports information.
Friday night’s matchup between Lethbridge College and St. Mary's University looked like a slam dunk for the Kodiaks – on paper. The first quarter saw the Kodiaks gain a five point lead, with six players getting in on the scoring. St. Mary's relied on usual suspect Cordell Minnifee for their offence, as he poured in five in the quarter.
The second quarter saw the Kodiaks pull away, draining 24 points while holding the Lightning to just 12. This resulted in a 17-point deficit for the home side going into the 2nd half. The Kodiaks offensive barrage was largely led by eventual player of game Lincoln Anderson, who had ten in the frame.
St. Mary's cut the deficit by ten with a monster 23-point third quarter, finding their stroke from distance and in the paint.
The hosts then made their move in the fourth quarter, forcing timely turnovers and limiting the Kodiaks to just six points. The Lightning roared back to tie late, and used a 19-point quarter to take a narrow three-point victory.
Saturday, Jan. 12 – Kodiaks 92, St. Mary’s 72
Entering Saturday with a bad taste in their mouth, the Kodiaks roared back for a commanding double-digit win over St. Mary’s.
Lincoln Anderson continued his torrid play for the hosts by draining 32 points, including a pair of threes and steals.
Both teams struggled from distance early on, going a combined 3-14 from three-point range in the first quarter.
With the game up for grabs, the Kodiaks turned up their defensive pressure in the second quarter, forcing six Lightning turnovers while shooting 50% from the field.
The hosts led 45-31 at half and Anderson proceeded to go beast mode in the third, scoring 14 of his points in the quarter to help widen the Kodiaks lead.
Learning their lesson from the previous night, Lethbridge kept up the pressure in the fourth and matched the Lightning bucket for bucket, coasting to the 20-point victory.
First year Kodiak Jack-Henry Fox-Grey earned himself player of the game after delivering 15 points and two big blocks.