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Kings erase big deficit to avoid upset in first round at nationals

SQUAMISH, B.C. — The RDC Kings turned in a brilliant second half comeback to advance to the Canadian Colleges men’s basketball semifinals.

The Kings trailed by 19 at the half then stormed back to beat the Crandall University Chargers of Moncton, N.B., 78-63 on Thursday.

“We came out flat, but we had a few tricks up our sleeves and made a few changes at the half and played better defence,” said Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger in a SportTV interview. “The key was defensive rebounding. The first half we gave up 15 offence boards and we needed to stop that trend.”

The Kings meet the Sheridan College Bruins of Oakville, Ont. in today’s 9:30 p.m. (MDT) semifinal. Sheridan advanced with an 87-84 victory over the host Quest University Kermodes.

On the other side, the top-ranked Langara Falcons of Vancouver beat the ACAC runner-up Concordia Thunder 103-77 and the Vanier Cheetahs of Saint-Laurent, Que., stopped the Holland Hurricanes of Charlottetown, P.E.I., 115-102 in overtime.

In women’s action, in Saint-Lambert, Que., the Grant MacEwan University Griffins downed Quest University 70-58 as Megan Wood had 29 points and Augustana Vikings dropped a 63-49 decision to Montmorency of Laval, Que.

Other games saw Algonquin of Ottawa beat Holland 104-57 and St. Thomas of Fredericton, N.B., defeated the host Champlain College 58-50.

 
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