Oct. 26, 2019 – The Kodiaks entered their second home game of the season looking to extend their win streak with a victory over the St. Mary's University Lightning, who entered the match with a 1-2 record.
The Lightning had a strong presence on the court in the first quarter, gaining an early 7-0 lead before the Kodiaks found their footing. Kodiaks Chris Thompson pushed the Kodiaks back into the game with a stellar offensive showing, but the Lightning continued to press the Kodiaks, keeping the score tight. A foul on Lightning's Nic Casagrande allowed the Kodiaks to narrowly pull ahead 21-19 heading into the second quarter.
The tightly matched competition continued into the second quarter as the Lightning pulled ahead to steal the lead, only to have the Kodiaks close the gap on a series of fouls. Trying to change the pace, the Kodiaks called a time-out with just under 2 minutes to go in the half, proving to be exactly what the Kodiaks needed to break the stalemate and gain a small lead of 41-34 to close out the first half.
The Lightning came out strong in the second half guided by the offense of Wil Konybai but the Kodiaks defence were ready for them with a notable presence from Brock Dewsberry. The Kodiaks extended their lead to 47-39 before the Lightning were able to regain momentum and tie the game once more midway through the quarter. A series of back-and-fourth fouls followed by a well timed 3-point shot from Orin Porter Jr. allowed the Kodiaks to head into the fourth quarter with a 64-60 lead.
Kodiaks went off early, but an early foul on Jackson Kasko allowed the Lightning to remain close. Chase Bohne held the Kodiaks in the game with a series of stand out shots, with support from Orin Porter Jr., who continued to demonstrate his abilities at the net and from behind the 3-point line. The Kodiaks were able to narrowly held onto their lead after a last minute time-out to take the game 88-84.
With this victory the Kodiaks advance their record to 3-0, while the STMU Lightning's record drops to 1-3. The Kodiaks return to home territory November 2, 2019 to take on the Ambrose Lions.
Players of the Game:
St. Mary's University – #3 Jordan Britton
Lethbridge College – #2 Orin Porter Jr.