The top men’s basketball teams in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) converge on southern Alberta this week as Lethbridge College hosts the 2018 Cora Breakfast and Lunch ACAC Men’s Basketball Championship.
The Kodiaks sent shockwaves throughout the ACAC on Thursday night, handing the nationally #1 ranked SAIT Trojans their first loss of the season. Meanwhile, the Kodiaks women were unable to recover from a slow start in a 61-46 loss.
The Kodiaks are joining forces with the ACAC and the conference’s other 16 member institutions to Make Some Noise for Mental Health this weekend. A conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health, the initiative involves student-athletes to encourage empathy, understanding and open-mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities.
Facing an 17-11 deficit after the opening quarter, the Kodiaks finally broke out and found their shooting touch in a dominant second frame, reversing their fortunes en-route to a huge 88-61 victory over the Olds Broncos on Friday night.
Bouncing back from a heartbreaking single-point defeat to SAIT the previous night, the Kodiaks men’s basketball team successfully got back in the win column with an 86-79 victory over south division rival St. Mary’s Lightning on Saturday evening.
The lasting legacy of the 2016-17 Kodiaks women’s basketball team will be cemented on Saturday, as the team’s CCAA national championship banner will take its rightful place in the rafters of the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.