Kings edge Broncos to move into tie for first

RDC Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger was looking for a spark as the team heads toward the Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League playoffs in two weeks in Olds. He may have just got that Saturday when the Kings shook off some tough calls down the stretch to down the Olds College Broncos 111-109.

Kings 111 Broncos 109

OLDS – RDC Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger was looking for a spark as the team heads toward the Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League playoffs in two weeks in Olds.

He may have just got that Saturday when the Kings shook off some tough calls down the stretch to down the Olds College Broncos 111-109.

“That was exactly the situation we needed,” said Pottinger. “It was a tough back and forth game and we had to stay in it mentally right to the end to pull it out. We did exactly that which may have been for the first time this season.”

The Kings led 109-105 with 22.2 seconds remaining after JP LeBlanc scored on a driving layup and added a free throw with 52 seconds remaining and the hit three free throws with 22.2 left.

However, a pair of tough calls went against the Kings, allowing league scoring leader Wayne Tucker to go to the free throw line twice in the final seconds.

The first was mysteriously called an intentional foul and the second was what looked to be a clean block by Kings Dallas Hancox, who is the block leader in the South Division. The four free throws tied the game with 15.4 seconds remaining.

The Kings came back with Matt Johnson being fouled with 7.7 seconds left. He nailed both free throws and when a three point attempt by Olds missed the win was the Kings.

“JP and MJ (Johnson) did a great job keeping their focus,” said Pottinger, who was forced to play the game without six-foot-nine Shayne Stumpf, who hurt an ankle at practice Friday.

“That was a bit of a distraction, but the guys shook it off and JP had his best game of the season and Anthony (Ottley) was great again. As well Khurram Sultan did a great job for us in the first half when we had a bit of a lull. He hit five-for-five from the field, including three threes.”

Ottley pumped in 37 points while LeBlanc had 27, Matt Matear 14 points and 13 rebounds, Johnson 16 points, nine assists and seven boards and Sultan 13 points. Tucker had 41 for Olds.

Free throw shooting kept the Broncos in the game was they went to the line 37 times and hit 30. RDC was good on 16 of 21.

The Kings, Olds and Medicine Hat are all 14-5 and tied for first in the south Division. RDC hosts Briercrest next Saturday and Sunday while Olds and Medicine Hat clash. If the Kings and MHC tie for first the edge goes to Medicine Hat. If RDC and Olds tie Red Deer has the advantage.

Broncos 56 Queens 53

Once again a poor third quarter did in the Queens in a 56-53 loss to the Broncos.

The Queens led 19-7 after the first quarter and 32-22 at the half. However, they were outscored 21-9 in the third quarter and 13-12 in the fourth.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Queens head coach Ken King when asked about the poor third quarters.

“We’re scratching our heads but I think it has a lot to do with being comfortable and not knowing how to play with a lead. They work hard and execute to get the lead then it’s as if they don’t know how to play with the lead.

“As we learn we will get better at it.”

The loss eliminated the Queens from the playoffs as they sit with a 7-12 record while fifth-place Olds moved to 9-10 with SAIT at 10-10.

Still the Queens took a step forward this season after a 4-20 record last year.

“It’s a small step,” said King, who is in his second season with the team.

The Queens lost the game at the free throw line as Olds went to the charity stripe 27 times and hit 17 while RDC hit seven of 14.

“We didn’t have the free throw the first half,” said King. “We have to be more aggressive going to the hoop.”

Emily White had 14 points for the Queens while Dedra Janvier added 13 and Eva Bonde 11.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pumpjacks draw oil out of the ground near Olds, Alta., Thursday, July 16, 2020. A new report suggests the economic impact of the pandemic led to a massive increase in federal aid to Canada’s oil patch. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Pandemic increased direct aid to fossil fuel producers, new study shows

At least $1.9 billion in direct aid to traditional energy sector last year

Glen Carritt organized a United We Roll Canada convoy around May 2019 that travelled in 2019. An independent review said he breached council code of conduct rules multiple times. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Former Innisfail town councillor breached code of conduct many times, says review

Consultants say 29 of 36 alleged breaches by Glen Carritt had merit

Members of the Red Deer RCMP downtown patrol monitor for drug activity and property crimes. (Advocate file photo).
Two peace officers are training to join Red Deer’s downtown police patrol unit

This “integrated” unit will be the first in Alberta

Meteor spotted over Edmonton, Alta., on Feb. 22, 2021 by several, who took to social media to share their surveillance camera captures. (@KixxAxe/Twitter)
VIDEO: Fireball meteor streaks across sky, spotted by early-morning risers in Alberta, B.C.

Videos of the quick streak of light flashing across the sky before 6:30 a.m. MST

Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich (33) makes a save on Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) as Flames' Christopher Tanev (8) and Joakim Nordstrom (20) defend during first-period NHL action in Toronto on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘Misunderstood’ Nylander ties game late, scores winner as Leafs beat Flames 2-1 in OT

‘Misunderstood’ Nylander ties game late, scores winner as Leafs beat Flames 2-1 in OT

Team Canada skip Kerri Einarson yells to her sweepers at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Young Quebec team in the hunt to join Einarson, Homan in Hearts’ championship round

Young Quebec team in the hunt to join Einarson, Homan in Hearts’ championship round

A crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. Woods suffered leg injuries in the one-car accident and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Golf without Woods? Battered leg brings it closer to reality

Golf without Woods? Battered leg brings it closer to reality

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien looks towards the ice as his team takes on the Ottawa Senators during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. The Canadiens have fired head coach Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Montreal Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien, associate coach Kirk Muller

Montreal Canadiens fire head coach Claude Julien, associate coach Kirk Muller

Canada midfielder Sophie Schmidt (13) attempts a shot on goal during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Phelan M. Ebenhack
Canadian women exit SheBelieves Cup on losing note, blanked 2-0 by Brazil

Canadian women exit SheBelieves Cup on losing note, blanked 2-0 by Brazil

Supporters pray outside court in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, as a trial date was set for Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church. He is charged with holding Sunday services in violation of Alberta's COVID-19 rules and with breaking conditions of his bail release. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Jason Nixon, government house leader and environment minister, after Nixon is sworn into office in Edmonton on April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta eyes recall legislation, focuses on COVID-19 aid in spring sitting

Alberta eyes recall legislation, focuses on COVID-19 aid in spring sitting

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie attends a a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The CFL faces more challenges in its 2021 return than it did last year when it was forced to cancel its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
CFL will have to appease more levels of government to get 2021 protocols approved

CFL will have to appease more levels of government to get 2021 protocols approved

Most Read