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RDP Kings basketball misses out on ACAC Championship after losing second play-in game

Kings lost to Thunder 80-77
RDP Kings Payton Baltzer takes a contested layup to the hole against the Briercrest College Clippers earlier this season in ACAC action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings basketball team’s season has come to an end.

After beating the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Kings needed to beat the St. Mary’s University Thunder in their second play-in game.

A win would have booked their ticket to the 2023 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball Championship but they fell just short 80-77 in a fantastic effort on the road.

The Lightning led 40-39 at halftime and in the third quarter, St. Mary’s pulled away after a 27-point quarter. However, the Kings stormed back in the final quarter notching 23 points in a do-or-die situation.

Red Deer was led by a 32-point performance from Mauro Barrozo Junior. He shot 13-19 from the field and added 15 rebounds to boot.

Payton Baltzer had a near-double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. Cole Wicker contributed 10 points and Bernardo Coller provided a spark off the bench adding nine points.

Ian Gustafson

About the Author: Ian Gustafson

Ian began his journalism career as a reporter in Prince Albert, Sask. for the last three years, and was born and raised in Saskatchewan.
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