Brent Forster - RDC
Friday evening in Calgary, the Red Deer College Basketball Kings had an all-star performance from 6'8" forward Daniel Powell and they defeated the St. Mary's University Lightning 92-66.
After the first half, the RDC Kings led 40-35. Daniel Powell, a fourth-year student-athlete, contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and 1 steal. Jordan Britton had 5 points for the Lightning.
The Red Deer College Kings elevated their game in the second half. They outscored St. Mary's University 52-31 over the final two quarters and earned a 92-66 victory. Daniel Powell added 21 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in the latter half. Averie Armbrister totaled 11 points, 1 steal and 2 rebounds for the Lightning in the final two quarters.
The Kings were effective in several areas. They recorded 56 boards and shot 43.4% from the field. The Lightning had 34 rebounds and connected on 33.3% of their field goals. Averie Armbrister led the Lightning with 16 points.
Kings Basketball Head Coach Clayton Pottinger liked his team's performance as the game progressed and noted one key contributor. "We had a slow start to the game but we began the third quarter really well," said Pottinger. "Daniel Powell had a very good game and finished with 42 points and 19 rebounds. He was really feeling it today."
The Kings will look to complete the regular season on a positive note. "Saturday, we want to finish the season strong in front of our supportive fans at RDC," said Pottinger. "We've won three in a row and want to make it four to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs."
The third place Kings (13-7) will host the Lightning (4-16), Saturday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. in the last regular season game at RDC. The Red Deer College Kings will compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men's Basketball Championship, March 1 to 3, at Lethbridge College.