RDC Kings open basketball season with perfect weekend, Queens swept by SAIT

The Red Deer College Kings opened their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball title defence with a perfect 2-0 weekend. The Kings followed their home opening win on Friday with an 87-70 win at SAIT against the Trojans on Saturday.

CALGARY — The Red Deer College Kings opened their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball title defence with a perfect 2-0 weekend.

The Kings followed their home opening win on Friday with an 87-70 win at SAIT against the Trojans on Saturday.

Denny Bankazo led RDC with 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while JP Leblanc had 15 points and Brian Prenoslo and Matt Johnson had 13 points each.

Nick Molina and Emmanuel Malu combined for 31 points for SAIT.

Still, Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger was not completely satisfied with the victory.

“SAIT is a good team with excellent players in every position. These were quality wins for our team,” he said in an email. “I think we still have to finish games a bit stronger and remain solid defensively.”

It was a tough weekend for the RDC Queens under rookie head coach Ken King as they were swept by the Trojans, including falling 63-39 in Calgary on Saturday.

Brenna Seymour was the top Queen with 10 rebounds and four assists, while Morgan Dool led RDC with 11 points and added six rebounds and three assists.

RDC hosts Medicine Hat this weekend with the women tipping off at 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and the men at 8 and 3 p.m., respectively.

• The RDC Kings improved to 3-1 in men’s volleyball with a two-match sweep in Caronport, Sask., over the Briercrest Clippers, including a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 27-25) win on Saturday.

Anthony Finnigan was named player of the game with nine kills, seven digs and one block while Tim Finnigan had 19 kills, six digs and an ace.

• The RDC Queens fell 3-1 (27-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-22) to the Briercrest Clippers in women’s volleyball in Caronport, Sask., on Saturday to split their weekend series. Alex Donaghy was the Queens player of the game with nine kills, 11 digs one ace and two blocks.

“We were in this match the whole way, and had our chances to put them away,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton in an email. “Our play got a little too uncertain at times and this lead to some poor decisions.”

Volleyball is off this weekend with a bye but will raise their national championship banners on Nov. 7 when they host the Medicine Hat Rattlers in their home opener.

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