By Woodard, Dale on February 12, 2018.
A quick start earned the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team a weekend split.
The Kodiaks defeated the Ambrose Lions 88-61 during Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play Saturday night at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Lethbridge’s Colten Murray had a 28-point night as the Kodiaks roared to a 53-35 lead at halftime en route to the win that improves the team to 8-8.
The win comes after a 75-69 loss to the Lions Friday in Calgary and pulls the Kodiaks to within four points of the 10-8 Lions and the 10-7 Red Deer Kings, who are tied for the final playoff spot in the ACAC South Division.
However, as hosts of this year’s provincials, the Kodiaks are already guaranteed a post-season spot.
But on Saturday, the Kodiaks demonstrated they want to earn their playoff berth with a quick start that included a 31-point second quarter.
In addition to nearly hitting the 30-point mark, Murray also led the Kodiaks with eight rebounds.
Grady Taylor chipped in with 14 points for Lethbridge and Cory Richardson came off the bench for 10.
In addition to seven defensive rebounds, Kodiak Michael Clemons also had nine assists, while Richardson and Pierce Van Gaalen had five.
Richardson also had four steals.
The Kodiaks women’s and men’s teams are back at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium Tuesday night for a makeup game against the SAIT Trojans after their Feb. 3 game in Lethbridge was postponed due to bad weather.
The women’s game is at 7 p.m. The men’s game goes at 9 p.m.
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