Klassen comes up big, RDC Kings basketball win home opener

Queens fall to Olds College Broncos

Spencer Klassen was a catalyst in a massive victory for the RDC Kings to open the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season.

The fifth-year guard poured in a game-high 38 points at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, as the Kings put up 52 in the second half on the way to a 92-62 win over the Olds College Broncos.

Klassen, a Red Deer product was 16-for-28 from the field and had six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Tyronn King, a fourth-year guard, was one of only two other RDC players in double figures. He chipped in 22, along with nine rebounds and seven assists. First-year Red Deer native MacGregor Manyluk came off the bench and added 11 points.

Cody Bouchard had 16 points to lead the way for the Broncos, while Yallah Sumo notched 15.

Brittney Thibeaux and the Olds College Broncos spoiled the RDC Queens home opener Saturday night.

Thibeaux, a fifth-year guard out of Illinois and the reigning Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference player of the year had a 20-point, 12 rebound performance in an 80-64 win for the Broncos.

Brandi Thibeaux chipped in 17 points and nine assists, while Alice-Fay Pitts poured in 17 for the visitors.

For the home side, second-year guard from Red Deer Amy Szymanek had a monster night with 19 points, on six-of-21 from the field.

She also had six rebounds, four assists and two steals in the loss. Sophie Melin chipped in 13 points, second-year Harneet Sidhu had 10, and third-year Sandra Garcia-Bernal added nine to go along with seven steals. Third-year Britney Peters had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Queens. RDC shot 28 per cent from the field and sixty per cent from the free throw line.

The Kings and Queens will next host the SAIT Trojans on Oct. 25.

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