RDC Queens basketball keep playoff hopes alive with win over SAIT

The RDC Queens needed a win in the worst way Saturday.

Battling the SAIT Trojans, RDC needed a victory on home court to keep their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff hopes alive.

They did just that, scoring a 65-43 win and moving to 8-9 on the year. The win puts them at 16 points, just two back of both the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and Medicine Hat College Rattlers, who are tied for third.

Harneet Sidhu helped power the Queens to the victory, she poured in 17 points and was player of the game. The second-year guard was 7-of-13 from the field and also had six rebounds, three steals two assists.

Forward Britney Peters also had a strong night with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Off the bench, Valentina Rincon was solid, she contributed 11 points in the win, while Amy Szymanek added nine rebounds and six points.

RDC shot an efficient 40 per cent from the field in the win and 41 per cent from three-point range. They outscored SAIT in all four quarters and held them in single digits in both the first and third.

The Queens have just four games remaining in the regular season, with a pair of games against the Ambrose University Lions, before closing out the year with games against the St. Mary’s University Lightning.

The RDC Kings lost a heartbreaker, 99-93 to the Trojans. RDC trailed 49-45 at halftime and were outscored 33-17 in the third quarter. Down the stretch, the Kings scored 31 points but couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

Point guards Tyronn King and Spencer Klassen had strong games in the loss, each scoring 26 points. Klassen hit four three pointers and King shot 50 per cent from the field. Third-year forward Kevin Szymanek also pitched in a season-high 22 points for RDC.

Calvin Chambers led the way for the Trojans with a game-high 31 points.

The Kings sit fifth in the ACAC South with an 8-9 record, two points behind the Ambrose University Lions and Briercrest College Clippers who are tied for fourth. The Kings have four games left in the ACAC campaign.

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