From our Southern Alberta correspondent…
University of Lethbridge Pronghorns opened their 2017-18 game campaign Saturday afternoon at U of L with a 110-67 win over CCAA Lethbridge College Kodiaks, a program who went to nationals last season and has produced many ‘Horns over the decades. The ‘Bridge teams had previously scrimmaged this fall, with no cumulative score kept, but this was a real game.
Alas, it was a game with a new stats crew being trained. Much of the first quarter was missed and it would seem likely that you’d have to go over the game tape with a fine-tooth comb to get truly accurate numbers. That’s presuming the game was even taped (and it may well not have been.)
By quarter, the score was 27-11, 49-35 and 85-53 for the ‘Horns.
Four newcomers were for sure in double-figures for U of L. Three are absolutely no surprise. 6’7″ forward Saren Westrop (Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, Iona, Harcum College), 6’2″ combo guard Kyle Peterson (Edmonton Harry Ainlay, UVic, off three seasons duo to a transfer, then the decision to serve a church mission) and 6’4″ forward Awak Piom (Edmonton Harry Ainlay 2015 high school grad, played some prep school ball in 2015-16, but has used no previous post-secondary eligibility) were expected to be significant contributors from Day 1. The other is a total surprise, 6’3″ open tryout walk-on Favour Adekojo direct from Grande Prairie Peace Wapiti Academy high school. On a team short of numbers (four players sidelined at this juncture), Adekojo is making a case for solidifying a recurring role, at least early.
Returnees that seemingly hit double digits included 6’1″ combo guard Dejon Burdeaux, who may well make for an elite starting back court tandem with Peterson, 6′ shooter Josh Sparkes, 6′ point guard Brett Warren. In and around 10 was scrappy 6’3″ wing Colton Gibb who has improved his shooting form markedly over the summer.
One returnee to the program is producing smiles all around, all the time. He’s 6’10” Californian Brent Watkins, who fought to survive a horrific auto accident two-plus years ago and will never play competitively again. However, he’s back taking classes, while serving as a student assistant coach, looking forward to convocation in the spring.
U of L host UNBC Sunday afternoon. UNBC spit a Friday/Saturday doubleheader in Calgary versus Mount Royal.