Red Deer, AB – A strong RDC Kings' start and finish were the difference Saturday afternoon against the visiting Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The Kings knocked down 26 points in the first quarter and 29 in the fourth, capturing an 86-66 victory at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The RDC Kings jumped out to an 11 point edge (26-15) after the first quarter. The Rattlers chipped away at the deficit (22-18), but the home team led 44-37 at the break.
RDC's Tyronn King was efficient, connecting on five-of-six from the field, one out of two from behind the arc and a perfect five-for-five from the free-throw line. Along with his 16 points, King added six boards and one assist.
David Kent-Canalejo contributed 12 points for the Rattlers, hitting 50 per cent from the field and 66.7 per cent from three.
As a group, the Kings sank 48.5 per cent of their field goal attempts. The Rattlers responded with 40.5 per cent efficiency.
The visitors took the third quarter by three points (16-13). A Kings' 29 point fourth quarter included three triples from Ramiro Martinez Quintanilla Jimenez. Medicine Hat responded with 13 and the RDC Kings sealed an 86-66 home win.
Ramiro Martinez Quintanilla Jimenez was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of-the-Game. The six-foot-six forward from Spain stacked up 22 points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. He was on his game from the outside, going six-for-eight from behind the arc.
Rattlers Player-of-the-Game David Kent-Canalejo accumulated 15 points, three steals and two rebounds over 38 minutes. Teammate Kieron Burgess picked up 22 points and 15 rebounds.
The RDC Kings connected on 50.8 per cent of their shots from the field. The Medicine Hat College Rattlers were 35.3 per cent successful.
On Friday, Feb. 7, the RDC Kings (8-7) and SAIT Trojans (11-3) will clash in Calgary at 8:00 pm.
At the same time, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (2-14) will play the Broncos (1-13) in Olds.