By Yoos, Cam on January 31, 2020.
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s basketball team is one victory shy of clinching a playoff spot as they travel to Edmonton to play the Grant MacEwan Griffins in Canada West play this weekend.
The Pronghorns return to action after a bye weekend to play the winless Griffins. Tonight’s game is 8 p.m., and the Saturday rematch goes at 7 p.m.
Lethbridge, 6-10, needs a single win over the next two weekends to officially secure a post-season berth. They can still earn a home play-in game by winning their final four games.
Chad Oviatt leads the team with 15 points per game, while Colton Gibb averages 13.8. Senior guard Kyle Peterson sits second in Canada West in assists per game at 5.6 and is moving up the Pronghorn and Canada West all-time lists. Peterson, who played two years with the Victoria Vikes prior to joining the Pronghorns, is currently ninth on the Canada West list and with 13 assists in his final four games would crack the top five.
Despite only playing three seasons with the Pronghorns, Peterson is third on the Pronghorns all-time list with 305 assists.
Still in search of their first win of the season, the MacEwan Griffins (0-16) are in a year of transition. Former Pronghorn bench boss Mike Connolly took over the Griffins program this past off season. Connolly spent seven seasons as the Pronghorns head coach from 2002 to 2009.
The Griffins rank near the bottom in both team offence and defence, sitting 13th defensively (92.1 ppg) and 13th offensively (72.6 ppg).
The Pronghorns will return home next weekend to conclude the Canada West regular season hosting the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.