By Lethbridge Herald on January 28, 2020.
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s basketball team remained undefeated, but the women’s team will look to climb back into the race for top spot in the South Division.
The Kodiaks men defeated the Red Deer Kings 97-83 Saturday afternoon in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference play at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium to cap off a weekend sweep and improve to 15-0. That keeps the Kodiaks cozily atop the ACAC South Division standings, 10 points up on the 10-3 SAIT Trojans, who won their third straight game last weekend with a 101-71 win over the Olds Broncos.
But the Kodiaks women were dealt an 0-2 weekend following a 79-76 setback to the Queens that puts them at 8-7 and in third place in the South Division.
In the men’s game, Brock Dewsbery led the Kodiaks with a 20-point afternoon, while Chase Bohne added 19 points. Orin Porter Jr. and Chris Thomson each scored 17.
Dewsbery and Thomson also had nine rebounds and six assists each. Jaxon Davison posted seven assists and three steals.
Lethbridge shot 47.1 per cent from the field. They were also 43.4. per cent from the three-point line and made 71.4 per cent on free throws.
The Queens took a 42-26 lead at halftime Saturday before the Kodiaks clawed back in the second half.
The Kodiaks briefly took a one-point lead in the final minutes, but the Queens managed to nudge back ahead and hold on for the win despite Lethbridge outscoring them 34-23 in the final quarter.
Matlin McMurray scored 19 points to lead the Kodiaks, while Natalie Hoyt and Kirsten Barwegen put up 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Barwegen also had 12 rebounds, three assists and five steals.
Millay Johnson came off the bench and added 11 points for the Kodiaks.
The Kodiaks shot 43.6 per cent from the field, 45.5 per cent from three-point range and 54.5 on free throws.
The losses puts Lethbridge tied with the 8-6 Medicine Hat Rattlers and four points back of the St. Mary’s Lightning (10-5), who swept the Clippers in Caronport, Sask. last weekend.
The Kodiaks return to the court Thursday when they travel to Calgary to take on SAIT.