The Kodiaks are hunting their prey down this season
LETHBRIDGE,AB–After struggling to a 8-12 record last year under coach Mike Hansen, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks have been one of the most impressive CCAA teams this season. They are currently atop the ACAC West with an impressive 15-1 record, and they owe most of their success to the duo of Dominyc Coward and Morgan Duce.
Coward, a product of Bert Church HS in Calgary who previously played for the University of Calgary, has become one of the best players in the CCAA, currently NPH #2 prospect who may earn himself a spot on an NCAA roster next year. He is averaging 18 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals and a block a game, as the 6’7” forward is making up for lost time after sitting out last year while a member of the Dinos.
While Coward has been providing the presence on the inside for the Kodiaks, Duce has been making it rain from long range. The diminutive 5’9” native of Raymond, Alberta is posting 22 points a game, and has made 48 three pointers so far this season. Duce returned to the team along with teammate Dallon Martin after they spent two years on a mission in Mexico and Argentina. Both players were starters in their first year, and the team is clearly happy to have them back.
Coward and Duce, along with brothers Logan and Jordan Reiter, have made the Kodiaks into one of the most dangerous teams in the nation. Jordan Reiter joined the team this year after spending two years away from the game, but the appeal of playing alongside his brother was too much to pass up. After getting into the best shape of his life while training for a trip to Mount Everest, Jordan realized that he needed to return to the game. So he is now teamed up with his brother to form one of the toughest backcourts in the country.
With CCAA Nationals being held at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario on March 17-29 this year, the Kodiaks will have to make the long trip from Lethbridge to try and claim the national crown. They will be met by powerhouse programs such as NPH #1 Algonquin College and NPH #3 Humber College once they arrive, and they will be in for a test at every step.
The combination of shooting skill and size will make the Kodiaks a difficult matchup for any team, but it will be interesting to see how they stack up against colleges from around the country once the time comes. Fifth year coach Mike Hansen has done a great job making this years team into a competitive force, and it will be up to him to lead Coward, Duce and the rest of the squad to the promise land.
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