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Kings leave best game for last at SAIT tournament

CALGARY — The RDC Kings saved their best for last at the SAIT Holiday men’s basketball tournament.

The Kings were undefeated, but turned in their best effort in a 102-74 victory over the Lethbridge Kodiaks in the final Saturday.

“It was easily our best game of the tournament,” said Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger. “Hopefully we can carry that over into practice Monday and the second half of the season.”

The Kings will have all-star Rob Pierce and six-foot-eight Sam Lolik in camp Monday.

Clay Crellin was the Kings player of the game in the final, finishing with 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Vikings 61 Queens 52

EDMONTON — The Queens also turned in their best performance in their final game of the NAIT Blue-Gold women’s basketball tournament, dropping a 61-52 decision to the University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings of Camrose.

The Queens led by 15 points at one point before the Vikings managed to tie it with two minutes remaining, then took the lead for good with 90 seconds left.

“They hit a three to take the lead then put it away with free throws,” said Queens head coach Mike Woollard. “But overall we played very well for two and a half quarters, then struggled a bit offensively, which allowed them to come back.”

Mozanga Ekwalanga led the Queens with 18 points while Paola Viveros added nine points and nine rebounds and Desirae Paterson had seven boards.

The RDC squads return to ACAC league play Friday when they host Grande Prairie. The Queens tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow.

 
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