Broncos on wrong side of upset against Lakeland

Broncos on wrong side of upset against Lakeland

CALGARY, ALTA., (MARCH 1, 2018) — The Olds College Broncos have been upset in the quarter-finals of the 2017-18 ACAC Championship at the hands of the Lakeland Rustlers. 

The Broncos dropped Thursday's game 81-76 after jumping ahead to a 12 point lead after the first quarter of action. 

The second and third were different stories for the Broncos, as that lead had been erased completely by halftime and they found themselves down 11 going into the final frame. 

The Rustlers shut down All-Conference forward Brittney Thibeaux unlike any other team had been able to do in the contest, holding her to single digits points until the final five minutes of the game. Thibeaux would eventually finish with 19 points, tying the team high alongside Alice-Fay Pitts, but most came late in the fourth with the Rustlers choosing to defend the Broncos three point shooters as they attempted to claw their way back into the game. 

Anna Mbuyi scored 14 points while adding 10 rebounds, while teammate Kaitlyn Tonita added 13 points to lead the Rustlers to victory.

 Mbuyi was named the Rustlers Earl's Kitchen and Bar Player of the Game, while Pitts was named the Broncos Player of the Game.

The win sends Lakeland College on to a semifinal game tonight at 6pm. 

The Broncos move to the consolation side of the draw, playing this afternoon at 1pm against the top team from the North division, Keyano College, who were also upset last evening when St. Mary's played their best defensive game of the season. 

After the opening round loss, the Broncos can finish no higher than fifth place in the ACAC Championship.