RDC Kings guard Sandra Garcia-Bernal set new Queens career steals record with her 148th steal earlier this year. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Klassen and Garcia-Bernal RDC basketball team MVPs

Spencer Klassen was the ultimate RDC King.

The Red Deer product played five years for his hometown basketball program, concluding his career as the Kings all-time leader scorer.

Thursday, the six-foot-three guard collected one last honour, earning the team’s MVP award as part of the social media release of team awards.

Klassen averaged 21.6 points-per-game in his final season, shooting 30.5 per cent from three-point range and collecting 4.6 rebounds per game. He was also an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference south division all-star this season.

In addition to the MVP, the program also named Brett Hochhausen Rookie of the Year, Tyronn King as the Most Improved Player and Anthony Harper as the Coach’s Award winner.

Kings’ Payton Baltzer was also honoured, earning the Comeback Award for his perseverance after returning to play from several concussions early in the season. He was cleared to practice in January and helped the Kings to a sixth-place finish at the ACAC Championships.

The Kings finished fourth in the ACAC South in the regular season.

On the women’s side, Sandra Garcia-Bernal collected the Queens MVP award. Garcia-Bernal, a third-year guard from Spain had a relentless motor and was a leader on the court for the Queens.

At just five-foot-five, she averaged nearly a double-double this season, putting up 9.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. She shot 40.4 per cent from the field and added 3.7 assists per game. She also set a new Queens all-time mark in steals, with 155 in her three-year career.

Celine Quigley was the Queens’ Rookie of the Year, Amy Szymanek was the Most Improved Player and Sophie Melin won the Coach’s Award.

Throughout the coming days, RDC will release the team award winners for each program.

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