By Woodard, Dale on November 26, 2019.
Trey Bohne is taking advantage of the minutes he’s being given.
The guard for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball especially took advantage of those minutes late in Saturday night’s game against the St. Mary’s Lightning and as a result the Kodiaks remain undefeated.
With the sharp-shooting Lightning quickly closing the gap in the final minutes, Bohne calmly stepped to the free throw line and went six-for-six to help Lethbridge to a 94-89 win in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium. The win keeps the Kodiaks undefeated at 8-0 and moves them into first place in the ACAC South Division, two points up on the 7-1 SAIT Trojans, who the Kodiaks will face next weekend.
“I’ve shot a million free throws,” said Bohne, who finished the game with 16 points, two assists and one steal. “So it’s just that time of the game to step up and make them. It’s all mental.”
It’s been a welcome-back year for Bohne.
“I missed all of last year with a (knee) injury,” he said. “So it feels good to come back and be able to show how I can contribute.”
Kodiaks head coach Ryan Heggie was pleased to see his second-year player step in and make an impact.
“We’re really happy for Trey. He did some really neat things tonight. He made some really good hustle plays and he made all his foul shots at the end. He hit a lot of big shots for us, but he did a lot of little things that we’re always talking about, taking care of the little, tiny things that nobody notices and he was doing that tonight. He sat out last year with a knee injury and the first year he was a rookie and didn’t see much for time. He’s taking advantage of his minutes and he’s still not always getting a lot of minutes, but he is ready when he gets called on. So good for him.”
Brock Dewsbery paced the Kodiaks with 38 points, while Orin Porter added 15. Dewsbery completed the double-double with 11 rebounds while Chris Thomson added 10. Timothy McMahon had six assists and four steals.
The high-scoring game was a bit deceiving.
“This is basically a repeat of the first time we played St. Mary’s,” said Heggie. “I think it was a real grind-out type of basketball game. We ended up out-scoring them 94-89, but it didn’t feel like a free-wheeling game like that. That shows how good our conference is. That’s a 4-6 team. They’re tough and I’m just proud of the guys the way we had a rough start and neither team could score for a bit. We had a good run at the end of the half with our trap press that kind of gave us a little bit of breathing room, but these guys are never out of it because they can shoot the ball so well. They have a lot of guys that can shoot it. We lost a couple in our rotations and good for them. You still have to make the shot, right? So hats off to them for making it and hats off to us for finding a way to get some stops.”
The Kodiaks were without Chase Bohne, who sprained his ankle last weekend in Red Deer, forcing the Kodiaks to fill the void.
“We have guys that want to win and we have guys that want to win together,” said the other Bohne. “So when someone goes down we come together and everyone steps up.”
In the womens’ game, the Kodiaks were topped 79-74 by the Ligthing to fall to 4-4 on the season.
St. Mary’s led 48-36 at the half and outscored the Kodiaks 23-18 in the third quarter before the Kodiaks made fourth quarter push that fell short.
Denajha Kie scored 20 points for the Kodiaks, Kirsten Barwegen added 17 and Matlin McMurray had 11.
Kie also had eight assists.
In volleyball, Kodiaks Carter Hansen moved into first in all-time ACAC kills with 1,163 in Friday night’s 3-0 win over the Red Deer Kings.
But the Kings scored some payback in Saturday afternoon’s rematch with a 3-1 win. The loss puts the Kodiaks at 8-2.
Michael Hummel had 12 kills and seven digs in the loss. Tony Albizzati chipped in with eight digs.
The Kodiaks women were defeated 3-1 by the Queens Saturday and are 2-8.
Kylie Morrison led Lethbridge with eight kills and nine digs.
Morgan Bullerwell and Mack Lewicki each had 11 digs and Jamie Brown and Sarah Hazen had 10.
The Kodiaks wrap up the first semester with a home-and-home series with the Ambrose Lions.
The first game is Friday night at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium starting with the women’s game at 6 p.m. before the teams head to Calgary Saturday.
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