MBB | Kodiaks push undefeated streak to seven

MBB | Kodiaks push undefeated streak to seven

Nov. 18, 2019 – Make it seven in a row to start the season for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team.  

The squad continued its hot start with a pair of road victories last weekend, dominating Olds College 111-76 on Friday before squeaking past Red Deer College 96-85 in overtime on Saturday night.

The nationally eighth ranked Kodiaks (7-0) now sit alone atop the ACAC south division standings, with the SAIT Trojans (6-0) also keeping pace.

The Kodiaks and Trojans are the only undefeated teams remaining in the ACAC.

Lethbridge will now return home to the Val Matteotti Gymnasium on Saturday night to face St. Mary’s University.

The Kodiaks defeated the Lightning 88-84 on Oct. 26.

This weekend’s games will be part of the Kodiaks Alumni/Hall of Fame weekend, which will feature the induction of the second class of the Kodiaks Hall of Fame.

There will also be a special social room for all Kodiaks alumni during Friday night’s volleyball games and Saturday night’s basketball games.  

Admission for the weekend is by donation benefitting Kodiaks student-athlete scholarships.

Tip-off for the men’s game on Saturday is set for 8 p.m.

MBB | Friday, Nov. 15 - Kodiaks 111 at Olds College 76

Recap written by Olds College Sports Information

The Olds College Broncos men's basketball team lost 111-76 to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in the Parent Appreciation Game Friday, Nov. 15 at the Ralph Klein Centre.

Both teams seemed to be feeling each other out to start the game, with the Broncos scoring the first basket of the game off an inbounds pass from Alec Hilman and a quick jump shot from Muktar Mohamed. Lethbridge responded a minute later with a three-pointer to take the lead. They extended their lead a minute later on a fast break to make the score 5-2. Muktar Mohamed hit two free throws to cut into the lead before Lethbridge hit another three to extend their lead again. Yallah Sumo had a nice rebound and put back to cut the lead to 8-6 for Lethbridge a little less than half way through the quarter. Moments later Alec Hilman made a pair of free throws to tie the game. Lethbridge was able to build up a 22-11 lead which held until less than a minute left in the quarter when they hit a three which held until the buzzer to give them a 25-11 lead after one quarter.

The teams exchanged baskets to open the second quarter with a Muktar Mohamed layup cutting the lead to 29-17 for Lethbridge two minutes in to the quarter. Lethbridge went on a 13-2 run until a Colton Murrell jump shot cut the score to 42-21 half way through the quarter. A Landon Parrington rebound and basket made the score 48-23 with two and a half minutes left in the quarter. A pair of John Kaweesi free throws brought the score to 52-25 for Lethbridge with a minute left in the half. Mohamed Eltassi made a basket from the middle of the key to cut the score to 53-27 thirty seconds later. The half ended 58-27 for Lethbridge when they hit a buzzer beater.

Lethbridge extended their lead to 63-27 before a nice hook shot from Colton Murrell and fast break layup from Mohammed cut the lead to 63-31 two minutes into the third quarter. Lethbridge responded with a six point run, forcing an Olds timeout. Lethbridge extended their lead to 75-37 halfway through the quarter. A Landon Parrington rebound and layup, John Kaweesi drive and layup and Colton Murrell hook shot made the score 75-43 with two minutes left in the quarter. Colton Murrell continued to build the lead with two free throws before Lethbridge stopped the Broncos run. The teams exchanged baskets to make the score 79-55 after three quarters.

Lethbridge came out strong in the fourth quarter, building an 89-59 lead in under two minutes. A Yallah Sumo drive cut the score to 94-61. The teams exchanged baskets after that with the Broncos unable to cut much into the lead, with Lethbridge holding a 107-71 lead with three minutes left in the half. Alec Hilman had a nice dunk to cut the score to 107-73. Moments later he had a thundering dunk off a rebound. Lethbridge won the game 111-76.

Player of the game for Lethbridge was Chris Thomson with a game high 22 points and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Alec Hilman with a game high nine rebounds to go with 15 points and a team high three assists and three steals.

The Broncos led the game in rebounds 39-37 and blocks 1-0 while Lethbridge held the advantage in assists 22-10 and steals 21-7. Muktar Mohamed had a team high 21 points and Landon Parrington had the lone block of the game for the Broncos.

MBB | Saturday, Nov. 16 - Kodiaks 96 at Red Deer College 85 (OT)

Recap written by Brent Forster – RDC Sports Information

Red Deer, AB – The Red Deer College Kings matched the undefeated Lethbridge College Kodiaks shot-for-shot over 40 minutes. However, in overtime the Kodiaks' shooters got on a roll. They put up 21 points and eventually picked up a 96-85 win.

After an even opening quarter (19-19), the RDC Kings captured a three-point edge at the half (35-32). 

Spencer Klassen led both teams with 14 points at the break. Orin Porter had eight for the Kodiaks.

Lethbridge College gained the three points back in the latter half (43-40) and extra time was needed when the teams sat even (75-75) at the final horn.

Lethbridge College's Timothy McMahon was near perfect in the extra frame. McMahon scored 11 points, connecting on three-of-four free-throws and three out of three field goals, including a pair from beyond the arc. 

"Ultimately we competed hard for 95 per cent of the game," says Darren Graham, Kings Head Coach. "I thought we played excellent defence for four quarters and unfortunately they scored 21 points in the five minutes of overtime. It was kind of ironic because the thing that kept us in the game, great defence over four quarters, kind of let us down in the end."

Spencer Klassen earned the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game. The fifth-year from Red Deer accumulated 28 points, 12 rebounds and two steals. Timothy McMahon picked up the Kodiaks' award, contributing 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals in only 24 minutes played.

"I liked Spencer Klassen's game," says Graham. "One thing that doesn't get much credit on his behalf is he's matching up against great scorers on the other team, and he's playing great defence."

Reno, Nevada's Jouvon Edison sank nine points and added six rebounds in 27 minutes. Anthony Harper, a Business Administration student, had 12 points and five boards. 

"Jouvon Edison had a solid weekend, where he played steady minutes on the offensive and defensive end," says Graham. "Anthony Harper had a little bit of new role tonight. He came off the bench and I thought he gave us some really good life."

Six-foot-four forward Kevin Szymanek recorded six points, two rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes. 

"Kevin Szymanek had a gusty performance defensively. He really battled hard against a guy that scores 20 points a game and he held him well below his average tonight," says Graham. "I was impressed with Kevin's game."

The visitors held a slight edge on the boards (55-52).

Over 45 minutes, the Kings were 36.9 per cent successful from the field. The Kodiaks hit 39.2 per cent of their field goal attempts.

"Ultimately, they are an undefeated team - tied for first place," says Graham. "They are a nationally ranked team, so I guess we have to be proud that we are evolving to the place where we are competitive with those teams."