RDC Kings first-year guard Omon Edobar drives to the basket on Saturday night in a victory over the Ambrose University Lions. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

WATCH: Kings win thriller over Lions, clinch playoff spot

It wasn’t the prettiest win for the RDC Kings on Saturday night, but a victory none the less.

The Kings created some late drama with a narrow 76-74 win against the Ambrose University Lions and clinched an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff spot in the process.

Several turnovers in the final 30 seconds forced the Kings to play stout defence to secure the win and some clutch free throw shooting from first-year Omon Edobar also aided in closing it out.

“We controlled the game in first half and in the second we talked about it– they have some pride, this is for playoffs. They are going to come with some push. We didn’t respond well in the third or the fourth quarter. But we did enough to hold on and win,” Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger said.

“Two key turnovers down the stretch that luckily we were able to turn around into stops. There’s just so many little things in those scenarios that we can do to seal teams and show a little bit more killer instinct. Tonight, we hung on.”

Lions guard Josh Daniel made his first free throw with seven seconds left and had the Lions within a point at 75-74, but he missed his second and the Kings nailed the door shut from there.

Kings forward Daniel Powell was only two-for-five from three-point range but hit a massive triple with just over a minute to play and the game tied at 71.

The six-foot-eight forward from Arizona poured in 17 points and added 13 rebounds in the win, but also had a big game from the charity stripe knocking down all five attempts.

Powell was one of six Kings in double figures and Pottinger said that balanced attack was nice to see with the season winding down.

“That’s been one of our calling cards, is that we do have a balanced attack on a regular basis. That’s good, those guys are getting a lot of minutes because our bench is only at eight right now,” Pottinger said.

“I like to see them get comfortable out there and start playing together. Still, a lot of work to do with this team. We’re late in the season and all I see are things we can improve.”

Dshawn Tyrell had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Bakker also notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Tyrell was player of the game for RDC and made a huge block late in the game with the Lions pressing.

Edobar finished the night with 11 points and Spencer Klassen came off the bench with 12 points.

The Kings will finish off the regular season with a doubleheader against the St. Mary’s Lightning next weekend.

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