By Woodard, Dale on November 15, 2019.
The monkey is off the back of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s basketball team.
Fresh off their first win of the season last weekend, the Horns look to keep trending in that direction as they host the Manitoba Bisons tonight and Saturday in Canada West play at the 1st Choice Savings Centre.
The 1-3 Pronghorns get ready for the 2-0 Bisons fresh off their 94-87 win over the Brandon Bobcats Saturday night in Brandon.
There’s still some ground to make up, but first-year Pronghorns interim head coach James McKinnon said it was nice to get that first W under their belt with the tipoff tonight at 8 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.
“It was good to get a victory,” said McKinnon. “I think the boys were a little worried about when it was going to happen. I think we were a bit more relaxed. The monkey is off our back now and we’re able to continue going strong heading into this weekend against Manitoba.”
The Pronghorns are fifth in scoring, averaging 88 points per game. On the flip side, they’re 17th defensively in with an average of 96.5 points against per game.
“We’ll just continue to build with some of the good habits we have and clean up a few things we are aware still need to be fixed and we’ll prepare for another good team in Manitoba,” said McKinnon. “They have some great scoring guards and we will try to focus in on what we need to do to win this weekend.”
Horns forward Chad Oviatt had consecutive 20-point performances last weekend in Brandon and is averaging 16.5 points per game.
Colton Gibb and Scott Mazutinec are second and third, averaging 14.3 and 12.3 points per game respectively.
Through two conference games, the Bisons are the top defensive team in Canada West, allowing only 62 points against per game.
They are also ranked just ahead of the Pronghorns, averaging 88.5 points.
Senior guard Rashawn Browne had 40 points in the series-sweeping win over the UBCO Heat to sit at the top of Canada West scoring average, averaging 29 points per game.
However, the Horns will bring in a mostly-healthy roster this weekend.
“We are definitely back on track,” said McKinnon. “It’s encouraging to get a couple of guys back. We are still getting Kyle (Peterson) back up to speed with him being out for a little bit. We’re still a bit banged up from preseason, but we’re slowly coming back to full strength.”
Both games will also be streamed live on http://www.canadawest.tv.
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