In a game that saw both teams dress less than 10 players (Olds – 9, Ambrose – 8), both teams would depend on their starters to do the majority of the heavy lifting.
"It was a war of attrition" said head coach Neil Nystrom after the game, "we had 3 guys foul out", meaning if one more Lions would have picked up his 5th foul, the team would have had to finish the game with only 4 on the court, "so I was really crossing my fingers no one was going to foul out in the end." Overall both teams played a fairly clean game, however both coaches were forced to keep players in the game who had a high number of fouls that normally would have had them taking a rest due to the fact that both teams started with such a short bench.
While 1st years Jaden Green & Pierce Strutt don't necessarily show up big on the stats sheet, they really stepped up, when their team needed them most. Nystrom commented after the game "they have been playing big all year for us…we have put them in tough spots but they have answered the call everytime."
A strength of the Olds Broncos is their inside play as 6'9" Jouvon Edison and #24 Muktar Mohamed both play a really strong game in the paint. A key to their success tonight was their play as the Broncos were able to pick up 27 – 2nd chance points in much part due to these two. An undersized Lions team defended well as a team and forced the Broncos to live and die by the 3 pointer. Fortunately for the Lions, they were able to hit more 3's than the Broncos (10-6) which was a big reason they won tonight's game.
Isaac Grey filled up the basket, scoring 32, while Mohamed led the Broncos with 20. Both received their respective teams' Player of the Game for their efforts. The win moves Ambrose to 7-4, good for 3rd in the South, and right in the thick of the playoff chase, while Olds drops to 2-8.