Great Plains Sundogs looking to get on winning track this weekend
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.