Saturday, 30 October 2010

Lethbridge 80, Calgary 79

6'4" Randy Davis knocked down a three from the right wing as the clock expired, lifting the Horns to a dramatic victory over the Dinos in Calgary.  The shot offset a furious Dinos rally that brought Calgary back from a 20 point halftime deficit to lead for the first time with under a minute to play.  Lethbridge had built the big lead as Calgary found out what life is like not having 6'9" Tyler Fidler on the floor, who had picked up 2 early fouls in the 1st half and had to sit.  The game was played in front of 1,304 fans in Calgary.

Davis finished with 19 points to lead Lethbridge while 6'3" Danhue Lawrence, seemingly entrusted with much of the decision-making on the offensive end for the Horns, had 16 points and set up the game winning three after the Dinos had made 1-2 at the line with 7 seconds left.  Fidler led all scorers with 21 points in just 27 minutes.

Fidler led the steady comeback by scoring from everywhere, including a perfect 7/7 from the line, and Calgary cut the margin in half at 64-54 by 3 quarters.  6'7" freshman Matt Letkeman (13 points, with 9/12 free throws, 7 rebounds), who also sat with foul trouble, was also instrumental in the comeback as with the score 77-73, and 35 seconds left, Calgary stole an inbounds pass, and Letkeman knocked down 2 free throws.  Fidler then stole the ball near centre on the next possession and scored a driving "and 1" lay-up with his subsequent free throw giving the Dinos an improbable 78-77  lead with only 14 seconds.  The Horns then missed an attempt at a tie and Letkeman was fouled on the rebound, hitting 1-2 free throws for a two point margin and just 7 seconds remaining, setting up the Horns final possession for the winning shot by the clutch Davis.

Calgary's 6'8" Youri Anissovets, 3rd year post, notched 12 points, and his aggressive play was a real spark for the Dinos rally.
Both teams shot 38 % on the night, but Lethbridge was 7/20 from 3 point land compared to Calgary’s 3/19. The rebounding was even at 45, and Calgary was 22/26 from the line (85%, with the ‘Horns at 63% on 19/30. Calgary is now 1-2 on the season.

The teams go at it again Saturday night at 8 pm in Calgary.

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