Great Plains Sundogs look­ing to get on win­ning track this week­end

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The Great Plains Col­lege Sundogs are do­ing dou­ble duty on the bas­ket­ball court this sea­son.

The Sundogs have moved to the Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic League for the reg­u­lar sea­son, but they are also gear­ing up to com­pete in the Prairie Ath­letic Con­fer­ence pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships this sea­son.

The eight-player Sundogs team boasts five firstyear play­ers and only a trio of vet­eran team mem­bers.

The Sundogs had a tough open­ing week­end in ACAL ac­tion, tak­ing to the road with only six play­ers in the line-up for a trio of games. They opened the sea­son on Jan. 14 with a 93-36 loss to the Cana­dian Uni­ver­sity Col­lege in Lacombe. Rookie guard Don­nie Kleppe led the SunDogs with 28 points. The Sundogs were back on the court for a pair of games on Jan. 15, open­ing the day with an 80-40 loss to Cal­gary’s Am­brose Lions. Kleppe led SunDogs with 25 points, while rookie for­ward Jor­dan Sch­wan had 15 re­bounds. A tired Great Plains Col­lege team was back on the floor later in the day in a

119-32 loss to St. Mary’s Light­ning. Kleppe was again the lead­ing Sundogs scorer with 23 points.

In their first home game of the sea­son, the Sundogs dropped a 106-62 de­ci­sion to the Mil­lar Edge. The Sundogs trailed 21-24 at the end of the first quar­ter but fell be­hind by 15 points at the half and were then outscored 33-62 in the sec­ond half. Great Plains was led by a 25-point show­ing by Kleppe, while Chad McLeod chipped in with 22-points.

The Sundogs have a tough task ahead on the week­end dur­ing a pair of ACAL games at Mil­lar Col­lege of the Bi­ble, fac­ing the un­beaten St. Mary’s Light­ning on Fri­day at 4:30 p.m. and tak­ing on the Am­brose Lions on Satur­day at 4 p.m. Great Plains Col­lege Sundogs Sched­ule Jan. 28 - St. Mary’s vs Sundogs (in Pam­brun), 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29 - Am­brose vs Sundogs (in Pam­brun), 4 p.m. Feb. 4 - Sundogs at Olds 2. Feb. 5 - Sundogs at Olds 1. Feb. 5 - Sundogs at Prairie Pi­lots. Feb. 9 - Sundogs at Mil­lar, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12 - Sundogs CUC Aurora, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 - Sundogs Olds 1, 5 p.m. Feb. 26 - Sundogs Olds 2, noon March 4 - Sundogs host Prairie Pi­lots, 8:30 p.m.

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