October 5, 2013 at the Regis University Field House, The Colorado Kings dominated the court in this fast moving game. The Kings, who are ranked 4th in the league are clearly a “Team to Watch” as they begin their 4th season in the American Basketball Association (ABA). The fans spent a lot of time of their feet as the Kings dominated the court.
The first half ended with a score of 73 to 50 with the Renegades 23 points behind the Kings. In typical ABA style, participants from the crowd, of approximately 400, were able to join in the excitement with activities on the court during time outs and the half-time break. Prizes were awarded to the winners of shooting contests and the youngsters got a chance to see who could put a Kings uniform on and shoot a basket the quickest. The activities kept the night moving, as both teams came back on to the court for the second half.
The second half was again dominated by the Kings as they continued to lead over the Renegades. By the time the final buzzer sounded the score was 147 to 100 giving the Kings their first win opening the season exemplifying the fact the Kings are entering this season highly motivated to grab the championship.
The stats showed the Kings domination with their 64-33 rebounds, 8-31 turnovers and their 41-3 steals against the Renegades..
The top scorers for the Kings ended up in a tie between, Brendan "Puck" Puckett and Donnell Wells each scoring 20 points. Ryan McBride scored 15 points, just under Brendan and Donnell.
Brendan is a 6’5” 185 lbs. Forward, Veteran Player, Native Coloradoan from Erie, which is approximately 30 miles north of Denver. Brendan is a Graduate of Centaurus High where he earned the team Most Valuable Player (MVP) award with his 19 points and 6 rebounds, per game average. He played for Eastern Wyoming College averaging 15 points and 6 rebounds per game. He finished off his college basketball career with Colorado Christian University averaging 14 points and 4 rebounds per game earning him the title of Athlete of the Year for 2008-09. He was also selected for the All Mid American Conference (All MAC) 2nd Team.
Donnell Wells, a Native of Denver, is a Guard, Point and Shooting. This is his first season with the Kings. Donnell started in his 2 years of play with the Varsity Team at Denver East High School where he; played in the State All Star Game “The Show” Junior and Senior Years, Team Captain Senior Year, 5 A State Champion and 1st Team All State and MVP in 2007, 2nd Team All State Junior Year, “Mr. Colorado” Basketball runner up Sr. Year and Player of the Year Sr. Year. Played two years with Trinidad State Junior College started both years, Region 9 All-Freshman Team, Third Team All American Sophomore year, 1st Team All Region 9 Sophomore Year, Record list for 3 pointers made and single game total (Top 3) and Recorded only Triple Double in Last 20+years. Starter at CSU Pueblo playing only Junior Year.
Ryan McBride is starting his third season with The Colorado Kings, a Small Forward, also a Native from Denver Colorado.
Leading in rebounds were Marcus King Stockton who tied with Robert "Freeze" Frazier with a total of 8 each. Ricky Garrett lead in steals with 8 for the game.
The next game for The Colorado Kings will be at Regis University Field House on Saturday November 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
About the Colorado Kings
Established in 2010, The Colorado Kings are a professional basketball team based in Denver, CO. This year marks the team’s 4th season as one of the nation's premier ABA basketball teams. The 1st season was marked by an outstanding record of 24-1 and a trip to the Elite 8. Year 2 was highlighted by an ABArecord 32 wins in a row and a trip to the Sweet 16. Year 3 The Colorado Kings made it to the final 4. Over all franchise record of 77 wins and only 7 losses.
About the American Basketball Association (ABA)
It all started with Dr. J and George Gervin and the famed Red White & Blue Ball.
The ABA is the largest professional sports league in the U.S. It is also the most diversified professional sports league ever with over 75% of its teams owned by African – Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Women.
The league provides opportunities for over 1000 players to play at the professional level and over 200 coaches to coach at the professional level.