Ko­di­aks bas­ket­ball opens at home

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The Leth­bridge Col­lege Ko­di­aks men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams are back on the court for an­other Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence sea­son.

It kicks off tonight when the Ko­di­aks host the SAIT Tro­jans at the Val Mat­teotti Gym­na­sium.

The women’s game is at 6 p.m. with the men’s game at 8 p.m.

It was a re­build­ing sea­son for the Ko­di­aks women last year af­ter win­ning the Cana­dian Col­leges Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship the year be­fore.

The Ko­di­aks missed the play­offs last sea­son, but hope to carry that ex­pe­ri­ence for­ward as head coach Deanna Dotts heads into her sec­ond sea­son.

The team brings back eight play­ers from last year’s ros­ter and have also added fourth-year guard and Card­ston prod­uct Juhee An­der­son. She trans­fers from MacEwan Uni­ver­sity.

First-year re­cruit and LCI ath­lete Jo­ce­lyn Neilson should see plenty of play­ing time right from the start, lead­ing a group of five rook­ies.

Like the women, the Ko­di­aks men also bring back plenty of fa­mil­iar faces.

They lost the ACAC all-star trio of Cory Richard­son, Keanu Funa and Colten Mur­ray, but other re­turnees will look to fill the void.

That in­cludes fifth-year vet­eran Michael Cle­mons, who has al­ready es­tab­lished the ACAC record for ca­reer as­sists.

Cle­mons will be joined by sec­ond-year Lin­coln An­der­son, who comes to the col­lege af­ter a sea­son in the MacEwan Uni­ver­sity Griffins of the Canada West.

Orin Porter Jr. joins the Ko­di­aks as a NWAC trans­fer from Spokane Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The Ko­di­aks fin­ished fourth in the ACAC South and sixth at provin­cials.

It’s a tough Tro­jans squad that will roll into the Val Mat­teotti Gym tonight.

The SAIT men are the de­fend­ing ACAC cham­pi­ons, while the women’s team fin­ished third in the con­fer­ence last sea­son.

Ad­mis­sion is free to Leth­bridge Col­lege stu­dents with their stu­dent ID, $3 for col­lege em­ploy­ees, $5 for se­niors, youth and alumni, and $8 for the pub­lic.

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