The Red Deer College Queens and Kings Basketball teams hosted their annual Holiday Inn and Suites Thanksgiving Classic at the RDC Main Gym over the long weekend.
The Queens lost their opener 51-41 to Keyano on Friday before earning a big 71-48 won over Okanagan on Saturday. On Sunday, the Queens downed King’s University 58-55 in overtime.
“The experience this weekend is huge. It gives us an opportunity to get all of our 17 players into the lineup at some point over the weekend,” noted Queens Basketball Head Coach Ken King. “As coaches, it gives us a chance to see what we got in terms of who we’ve added to our returning group and how they play together.”
On the men’s side, the RDC Kings soundly defeated the Keyano College Huskies 95-61 on Friday. They beat King’s University 92-82 on Saturday before they were edged 80-78 on Sunday by Okanagan.
“We love this tournament. It is our home tournament and we have a chance to get teams into our gym. Some teams are ones that we wouldn’t normally get a chance to play,” said Kings Head Coach Clay Pottinger. “It is super valuable for us and for everyone. The pre-season is where you can decide how your lineup will work, what you need to work on and how you measure up. For us it is key. We have fewer exhibition games than some other teams so for us we really want to focus on the quality of the games.”
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