July 20th, 2017

Kodiaks claim Canadian title

By Lethbridge Herald on March 19, 2017.

Dale Woodard
Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s basketball team have struck gold once again, this time at the national level.
The Kodiaks downed the Dawson Blues 81-57 during the gold medal game of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship Saturday night in Edmonton.

The win comes two weeks after the the Kodiaks captured the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference gold medal at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium and also caps off the Kodiaks second straight 21-0 regular season.

With the gold medal on the line Saturday night, the Kodiaks kept on doing what they’ve done all season — win — as Sunder West led the proceedings with 22 points, Logan Moncks drained 15 and Amy Arbon put up 13. Emma Lowry grabbed 12 boards in the gold medal win.

West and Arbon also had five steals on the night.

Clearly, Kodiaks head coach Brad Karren’s decision to take his team go-carting prior to the gold medal game paid off as Lethbridge put the pedal to the metal early on and jumped to a 32-16 lead at the half.

“We watched them play last night and I said ‘We had run this team,’” said Karren. “They’re good. But this is a team we can run and to out and make it tough for them.”

The Blues managed to close the gap a bit in the second half, but not enough to threaten the Kodiaks lead as Lethbridge returns home flying the CCAA flag.

“It’s an experience and something special,” said Karren.

Down east at the CCAA championship in Prince Edward Island, the Kodiaks men’s team fell one game short of the bronze medal game, losing 94-89 to the Holland Hurricanes.

Capping off his college career, Robert Miles went out with a high-scoring performance, draining 29 points, while Grady Taylor also topped 20 points with 23.

Keanu Funa came off the bench to put up 13 points and Chris Maughan added 12.

Maughan also had 13 rebounds and Miles had 11 to go along with six steals.

Funa chipped in with nine boards.

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