Kings 89 Clippers 71
The RDC Kings could have easily overlooked the Briercrest Bible College Clippers and been concentrating on the Medicine Hat Rattlers.
But the 6-0 Kings, who face the 4-0 Rattlers this afternoon at RDC, took care of business Friday in downing the Clippers 89-71 at RDC.
“We wanted to make sure we didn’t look beyond Briercrest,” said Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger. “There’s been three years in the past when we started 5-0 or better and one of those we lost to Briercrest and last year we lost to Medicine Hat. We have to make sure we’re diligent in our approach and don’t get cocky or careless.”
The Kings weren’t perfect as Pottinger is looking to institute a more controlled offence.
“Through the year we’re averaging over 100 points per game with a free style offence and we’re trying to get the guys to be more methodical, which we will need to do down the stretch,” he said. “There were some growing pains tonight. Ironically the more we passed the ball more we turned it over.
“We might as well have played the high-tempo game,” he said with a laugh.
The Kings got another strong performance by their big men — Shayne Stumpf and Matt Matear. Matear finished with 19 points and nine rebounds while Stumpf had 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Ian Tevis added 22 points and six rebounds and Kai Greene 12 points and three assists.
Ethan DaSilva had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Clippers.
Clippers 66 Queens 59
While the Kings were taking care of business the Queens did anything but.
They blew a substantial lead losing 66-59 to the Clippers.
The Queens led 28-14 at the end of the first quarter and 38-27 at the half, then did nothing on either end in the third quarter and were outscored 20-5 and trailed 47-44.
“We started playing selfish on the offensive end and lazy on the defensive end,” said Queens head coach Ken King. “Plus they wanted it more than we did. Briercrest’s a team that always comes to play for four quarters whether they’re up 60 points or down 60 points. They are exactly the type of team that can do something like that.
“The three years I’ve been here I’ve been waiting for them to do something like that to someone and I was really hoping it wouldn’t be us.”
The Queens were playing a bit shorthanded with all-star, and team leader, Emily White sitting out. As well Kiana Mintz,didn’t play until the fourth quarter.
“Emily has been sick of late and just started a new treatment yesterday and she really wasn’t ready to play today and I’m not sure she’ll be ready tomorrow either. As well we wanted to rest Kiana’s leg and didn’t want to use her, but had to in the fourth quarter which really wasn’t fair to her.
“The people we had on the roster should have taken care of business and they didn’t.”
The Queens trailed by 14 in the fourth quarter and made a run, narrowing the gap to three before running out of time.
“I’m not giving them credit for the comeback, even 10-year-olds will come back,” said King, who also needs a higher shooting percentage, especially inside.
“They have to make the easy shots,” he said.
Dedra Janvier had 16 points for the Queens while Keitlyn Williams added seven. Amy Wanvig had 22 and Lauren Janzen 17 for BBC.
The Queens tip off against the Rattlers today at 1 p.m. with the men to follow.
Danny Rode is a retired Advocate reporter who can be reached at email@example.com. His work can also be seen at Danny’s blog at rdcathletics.ca