LETHBRIDGE — RDC Kings head coach Clay Pottinger saved his final time-out just in case and the decision turned out to work perfectly.
When the Lethbridge Kodiaks Brendan Blood scored with three seconds remaining to give Lethbridge a 102-100 lead Pottinger used his final time out to discuss a play and to move the ball to centre court.
After a discussion on whether to take a two-point shot to try to reach overtime, or go for the win, he was talked into the win or nothing.
“Originally I thought we would go for two, but (assistant coach) Luc (Stevenson) said we were shorthanded and with Rob (Pierce) fouled out we’d be in tough to win in overtime, so go for the three.”
Fifth-year veteran guard Jacob Cusumano agreed.
“He said ‘coach I can make it’, so we had a play set up and it worked to perfection.”
Cusumano nailed the long three at the buzzer for a 103-102 victory, giving the Kings a 17-3 record. The Kings will host the ACAC final Feb. 28-March 2.
The Kings split a weekend doubleheader with the Kodiaks, losing 80-66 on Friday when they were without three of their leaders — Clay Crellin, Sam Lolik and Mari Peoples-Wong. Crellin played Saturday and finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Cusumano was the RDC player of the game as he had 20 points and hit six of seven from long distance. He added eight assists and four rebounds. Matt Johnson added 20 points, Pierce 16 and Taner Parrington 10. Lloyd Strickland had nine assists.
The win was a perfect way to go into a two-week break.
“It was great competition and I have a lot of respect for Lethbridge. I feel they could be the second best team in the league,” concluded Pottinger.
A 90-78 loss ended the Queens season. The Queens tied Keyano for the final playoff spot but lost the tie-breaker despite the fact they played one less game than the Fort McMurray squad.
The Queens lost the game at the free throw line as Lethbridge was awarded 50 free throws, hitting 37 while RDC had 29 free throws and nailed 20.
Dedra Janvier led the Queens with 17 points and five assists while Desirae Paterson and Mozanga Ekwalanga added 14 points each and Sarah Williamson 11.
Hockey Kings 8 Clippers 1
CARONPORT, Sask. — The Kings had their legs Saturday and it showed on the scoresheet as they ran away to an 8-1 victory over the Briercrest Bible College Clippers in ACAC Men’s Hockey League action.
On Friday the Kings managed a 5-3 win after an 11-hour bus ride.
Brett Printz, Davis Claffey, Logan Sceviour, Shamus Graham, Jared Ramstead, Doug Jones, Kirsten Odendaal and Jared Kambeitz scored for the Kings while Kraymer Barnstable made 24 saves. The Kings had 58 shots on a pair of BBC netminders and led 3-0 and 6-1 by periods.
“We played quite well Saturday and were rewarded with a win. We played the way we want to play in the playoffs,” said Kings head coach Trevor Keeper.
The Kings have this weekend off before finishing their regular season against Portage. The second game of the twin bill is March 1 in Penhold.
“We just have to get over some bumps and bruises during our bye week,” said Keeper.
The Kings will wrap up third place with a pair of wins. They sit five points up on Augustana, which has two games in hand.
The Olds Broncos lost all four games against SAIT in basketball action during the weekend.
SAIT won 53-42 and 71-61 in women’s play and 72-68 and 97-88 in men’s action.
NAIT grabbed seventh place on the men’s side of ACAC volleyball playoffs, set to open Friday at RDC.
The RDC Kings will meet Briercrest in their opening game Friday after BBC lost 3-1 to NAIT Saturday.
NAIT downed King’s 3-1 and BBC downed Keyano 3-1 in earlier action.
On the women’s side the RDC Queens will face Lakeland in their opening game of the women’s championships in Grande Prairie Friday.
Lakeland lost 3-0 to NAIT, who upset SAIT 3-2 in their first game, Lakeland downed Lethbridge 3-0.