Pronghorns men's basketball team set to battle Regina Cougars in playoff quarter-finals

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
February 13, 2018 - 2:14pm

LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Pronghorn men's basketball team will host a best of three playoff series for the second straight year, one of four Canada West quarter-finals overall, and this year's opponent is the fifth-seed Regina Cougars.

The series kicks off Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the 1st Choice Savings Centre with Game Two set for Friday night. Game Three, if necessary, will be Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Thursday night's game is U of L student night with free admission for U of L students with a valid ID card, and on Friday night youth 17 and under get in free with a donation to the SU Food Bank.

Earlier this season, the Cougars swept the Pronghorns in Regina, beating Lethbridge 79-77 and 92-79.

The Pronghorns swept the Victoria Vikes two games straight in a play-in series a season ago, before losing in three games to the eventual Canada West Champion Alberta Golden Bears two games to one.

After being seeded fourth in Canada West based on RPI, the Pronghorns (12-8) had a bye last weekend during the single game play-in games.

Statistically, the Pronghorns finished the regular season with the second ranked offence in Canada West, averaging 89.8 points per game. Defensively, they were ranked 16th in Canada West, allowing 87 points per game.

Regina (11-9) finished fifth in Canada West and hosted a play-in game last weekend, where the Cougars handily beat the Thompson Rivers WolfPack 93-68.

During the regular season, the Cougars finished ranked sixth offensively, scoring 82.8 points per game and were ranked 12th defensively allowing 83.8 points per game.

All five starters for the Pronghorns averaged double-digits this season, but two players to watch will be their top two scorers: Dejon Burdeaux and Zac Overwater.

Despite missing six games and only playing sparingly during the final weekend of the season, Burdeaux averaged 19.3 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.8 assists.

Overwater averaged 18.4 points per game on the season, while leading the team in rebounding with 7.2 per night.

The winner of the series this weekend will face the winner of the Alberta Golden Bears - UNBC Timberwolves series next weekend in a best of three semi-final.

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