Undefeated MBB enjoying historic start

Undefeated MBB enjoying historic start

Dec. 19, 2019 – Perhaps the biggest surprise in all of the ACAC, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team has turned heads with a blistering hot start.  

The Kodiaks are undefeated through ten games for the first time in recorded history, according to the ACAC archives which go as far back as 1990.

They’ve also earned CCAA national recognition, soaring to second place in the latest national rankings. 

After punctuating their first half with emphatic back-to-back wins over three-time defending champion SAIT, it’s safe to say a serious statement has been sent to the rest of the conference. 

These boys are for real.

Heggie finds a way to reload

After the disappointment of missing the ACAC postseason last year, everyone knew head coach Ryan Heggie would find a way to reload. He brought aboard new local talent to add to an already strong core of returning players, with phenomenal results.  

“The team has worked hard daily in practice and we are getting positive results,” says head coach Ryan Heggie. “We’ve had some really good team & individual performances as well through the term. We’ve really closed out games well, especially our overtime win at Red Deer and both our games against a tough St. Mary’s team.”

Most impressive is how the Kodiaks have used a complete team approach.

Heggie has multiple players to draw on when he needs a basket in the clutch. Four players are averaging over ten points per game, including Brock Dewsbery, Orin Porter Jr., Chase Bohne and Chris Thomson, with Tim McMahon also right there averaging 9.3 ppg. 

Dewsbery (first year, General Studies) has been a handful for opposing defences in his freshman season. The Raymond native is fourth in the conference averaging 22.5 points per game and has impressively shot 50% from beyond the arc.

Despite the fast start, Heggie knows a great deal of work still needs to be done in the second half of the season.

“We will need to continue to work harder and smarter, and improve on the “intangibles.” The little things that help win games,” says Heggie. “We need to be ready for everyone’s best punch. We still have areas we struggle in so that’ll be a focus as well.”

Talkin' Hoops with Heggie – Thoughts from the Head Coach

Tell us about a couple of players that have taken their game to a new level so far this season…  

“Brock Dewsbery for sure. I wouldn’t say he is a surprise to those that knew him coming into the season. However he’s really been our consistent guy day to day. He practices hard and carries that over into games. Chris Thomson has also been really good for us. He does a lot of intangible things that help us succeed.

Give us a player to watch in the second half…

“Jaxon Davison has started to elevate his offensive game as of late! On our exhibition trip to Arizona he poured in 22 points vs Mesa Community College and 14 versus Scottsdale Community College. He’s been our match up defender we’ve relied on, however now he’s adding scoring as of late. That’s something to keep an eye on!

What was your favourite moment from the first half…

“The Red Deer OT win! We knew how tough [the RDC Kings] would be and when it was crunch time, our guys really came through. We were led that night by Tim McMahon, who came in after our starting PG Chase Bohne had sprained his ankle just four minutes into the game. Tim really took control and helped win that important game.

Of course beating SAIT was also huge. Downing the three time defending ACAC champs back-to-back to secure the season series was special, as these were probably our two most complete games.”

Leaders at the semester break 

PPG | Brock Dewsbery (22.5), Orin Porter Jr. (19.1) , Chase Bohne (15.3)

3 PT% | Brock Dewsbery (50%), Trey Bohne (48.6%)

Assists | Tim McMahon (43), Jaxon Davidson (43)

Steals | Chris Thomson (22), Chase Bohne (21), Orin Porter Jr. (20)

Rebounds | Brock Dewsbery (69), Chris Thomson (68), Jaxon Davidson (63)

Dates to circle on the calendar

Jan 24 & 25 | vs Red Deer – After narrowly sneaking by the Kings in OT in their only meeting of the season, the rematch is certain to feature high intensity basketball.   

Jan. 30 | at SAIT – The last meeting of the season between the Kodiaks and Trojans, and you know the Calgary side will be hungry for revenge after suffering two lopsided losses to the Kodiaks in November.

Feb. 15 | vs Olds – The Kodiaks will wrap up their home schedule against the Broncos.