Kings come away with win despite difficulties

The RDC Kings didn’t have things going their way Saturday, but still managed to pull out a 96-86 victory over the Grande Prairie College Wolves in Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League play.

Kings 96 Wolves 86

GRANDE PRAIRIE — The RDC Kings didn’t have things going their way Saturday, but still managed to pull out a 96-86 victory over the Grande Prairie College Wolves in Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League play.

The Kings travelled on the bus for most of the day Saturday, then lost head coach Clayton Pottinger in the second quarter when he was ejected after inquiring about a reset on the shot clock.

“It was the first time I’ve ever been ejected in my playing or coaching career,” said Pottinger. “It upset the guys and shook them up a bit, but they showed a lot of character and battled through it.”

The Kings also ran into foul trouble with Rob Pierce missing a good portion of the game along with Joel Carroll.

“We were in foul trouble for what we consider good clean defence,” said Pottinger, who also saw Sam Lolik and his point guards — Lloyd Strickland and Matt Johnson — in foul trouble.

In the end Lolik finished with 18 points and nine rebounds while Dave Poole added 15 points, Pierce and Carroll 12 each and Jacob Cusumano 11.

Wolves 55 Queens 53

The next step for the RDC Queens will be to hit the win column. They are consistently moving forward and came within a missed three-point shot at the buzzer of pulling out a victory over the Wolves. Still they lost 55-53 for their fifth loss of the season.

“We’ve gone from losing by 30 to two, now it’s time to9 star winning some of these games,” said Queens head coach Mike Woollard.

The Queens led by five heading into the fourth quarter and eventually lost on a field goal by Kelly O’Hallahan with 21 seconds remaining.

“They put on a press to start the fourth quarter and it got them back even and then it was a see-saw affair right to the end,” explained Woollard. Amrei Bondzio had 13 points and Melissa Woolley 11 for RDC while Teighan Ponto added six points and seven rebounds.

The RDC squads visit Augustana Vikings Saturday.

l Olds College lost a twin bill to Grant MacEwan Saturday — 72-68 in girls’ play and 79-65 in men’s action.

Cross-country

St-Lambert, Que. — RDC’s Catherine Alcorn was 61st and Laura Friesen 93rd in the field of 136 at the Canadian Colleges cross-country championships, Saturday.

Alcorn came in at 21:29 in the 5km run with Friesen at 22:45.

Frederique Latraverse of Sainte-Foy won in 17:58 with Marriya Jenkins of Concordia College of Edmonton at 18:37 and Alexandra Gordichuk of Grant MacEwan art 18:49.

Grant MacEwan won the women’s team title.

Soccer

Concordia College dropped a 2-0 decision to Ahuntsic of Quebec in the Canadian Colleges women’s soccer final. NAIT beat Thompson Rivers University of Kamloops 1-0 in the third-place game.

On the men’s side, NAIT placed sixth, losing 4-1 to Douglas College of New Westminster in the fifth-place game.

SAIT beat Holland College 4-0 to take seventh place.

Humber College of Etobicoke, Ont., defeated Vancouver Island University of Nanaimo in penalty kicks. The teams were tied 2-2 with Humber winning 7-6 in the extra kicks.

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