Nov. 24, 2018 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks men's basketball team was the fourth Kodiaks to win on Alumni Saturday, picking up a crucial 90-83 victory over the Red Deer Kings.
With every point crucial in the ACAC south playoff picture, both teams ratcheted up the intensity from the opening tip-off. The Kodiaks grabbed an early advantage but early foul trouble for star Lincoln Anderson forced the Kodiaks into a few unconventional rotations.
The Kings came back to take a brief lead, but back to back threes from Lethbridge's Orin Porter Jr. helped the hosts stay even, with neither team finding separation in an action packed first quarter.
The Kodiaks found their range in the second quarter, sinking three after three while building a 52-44 lead into the half.
The third quarter was back and forth, with Red Deer constantly reeling in the Kodiaks only for the home side to pull back away. The Kings outmuscled the Kodiaks on the glass and managed to trim the hosts lead to 68-64 entering the final quarter.
Tension was thick throughout the Val Matteotti Gym during the final quarter, with the Kodiaks unable to pull away from a determined Kings team. Red Deer pulled within two points multiple times, but the Kodiaks were able to scrap and finally pulled away with an 8-2 run with three minutes left.
Red Deer made it interesting late, draining a three off a steal to pull within five with one minute to go. The Kings were unable to drain any late shots and the Kodiaks secured a 90-83 win.
Both teams have concluded their fall schedule and will return to ACAC conference action in early January.
The two teams will battle again in Red Deer on Jan. 25 and 26.
Player of The Game
Kodiaks: #6 Jackson Kasko (4-4 on free throws with 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 13 point total)
Kings: #21 Spencer Klassen (3-5 on free throws with rebounds, 6 assists, and 23 points total)