Kings win, Queens lose in opening games back from holiday break

The RDC Kings tipped off the second half of their schedule with an 88-72 win over the Olds Broncos in the SAIT Holiday men’s basketball tournament Thursday.

Kings 88 Broncos 72

CALGARY — The RDC Kings tipped off the second half of their schedule with an 88-72 win over the Olds Broncos in the SAIT Holiday men’s basketball tournament Thursday.

“We didn’t practice at all during the break and just stepped on the court and played,” said Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger. “You could see the rust, but that’s what this tournament is for, to get back into the swing of things.”

The teams were tied at 41 at the half with the Kings taking control in the fourth quarter.

“Olds added some players, so they’re better for sure, which is good for them,” said Pottinger, who also lost six-foot-seven Craig Johnson and guard Reece Gavin at Christmas.

However, the Kings expect to add outstanding forward Rob Pierce and six-foot-eight Sam Lolik by the time they return to league play Jan. 10 at home against Grande Prairie.

“We know we’re adding two good guys who fit in with the team,” said Pottinger.

Lloyd Strickland and Matt Johnson had 16 points each for the Kings against Olds.

“Overall we had a balanced attack with five guys in double figures,” said Pottinger.

Thunder 62 Queens 36

EDMONTON — The Queens had a rough first game back from their holiday break dropping a 62-36 decision to the Concordia Thunder at the NAIT women’s basketball tournament, Thursday.

Queens coach Mike Woollard said the team was little rusty coming off the break and was in too much of a hurry offensively. He added they played well defensively but turned the ball over too much which resulted in a lack of offensive pressure. Second year guard Carly Hoar was the bright light for the Queens as Woollard said she played well defensively and led the team in scoring. The Queens will face Grant MacEwan in their second game of the tournament tonight at 8 p.m.

The Queens were able to add one player over the holidays which has turned out to be a nice gift for the team.

“We picked up Paola Viveros who decided to come back for a semester,” said Woollard. “She is explosive and should really help us in the second half of the season.”

Viveros had played for the Queens previously but took some time off. Woollard added her veteran presence will be a great addition to the team.

The Queens first league game of the second half will take place Jan.10 at RDC starting at 6 p.m.

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