Red Deer, AB – The RDC Kings entered Friday's game trailing the visiting Lethbridge College Kodiaks by only four points in the standings, but after a nine point victory (81-72) the Kings pulled within a pair for the final playoff spot in the south.
On the strength of Lincoln Anderson's nine points and four rebounds, the Kodiaks took a five point lead (25-20) after the first quarter. Spencer Klassen led the charge for the Kings with 10 points and three rebounds.
In the second, RDC's strong defence was effective, limiting the Kodiaks to only nine points. Scoring 19, the Kings pulled ahead 39-34.
Only four points separated the teams in the third (18-14) with Lethbridge holding the edge but RDC remained a single point ahead 53-52.
The Kings had a strong fourth quarter, taking an eight point advantage (28-20) and capping off an important 81-72 victory.
Spencer Klassen was named the Kings Player-of-the-Game, totaling 31 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block. Lincoln Anderson received the award for the Kodiaks, finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
On Saturday at 3:00 p.m., the Kings (7-8) will entertain the Kodiaks (8-6) at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Make Some Noise for Mental Health
In addition, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign, Make Some Noise for Mental Health, sponsored by RBC, was recognized at the Red Deer College Kings game. The conference wide campaign was implemented to help create awareness and break stigmas surrounding mental health.
At the half, Matt Hope, a member of RDC Cross Country and Indoor Track shared his story about mental health.
Finances are one of the biggest stressors for post-secondary students and RBC also donated $1,000 which will be used for a financial literacy course for learners. Students can preregister for a meal and class to learn about effective money management.