Rattlers Basketball Fall to Olds as First half of Season Wraps Up

Eidan Jonker vs Olds Nov. 30, 2019
Eidan Jonker vs Olds Nov. 30, 2019

In women's action:

The 8-1 Olds College Broncos made their way into the Snake pit to take on the 4-4 Medicine Hat college Broncos. The Game started with a defensive stop from the Rattlers before scoring their first basket. After misses on both ends the Rattlers came up with another good stop keeping the Broncos off the board early. the Broncos evened the game at 2 after nearly 2 minutes with no scoring. From here they took the lead on the back of Brittney Thibeaux who had 4 of the Broncos 5. A defense heavy first 5 minutes saw only 7 points combined with the broncos up 5-2. The scoring picked up as the teams passed the midway point. The Rattlers trailed 5-7 and were looking to continue to shut down the powerhouse broncos offence. With 3 of their bigger players sidelined with injuries, the Rattlers had a tough time matching up with Brittney Thibeaux inside. Along with her sister Brandi, the Thibeaux sisters packed a one two punch late in the quarter for the broncos. With one minute left in the quarter the Rattlers took a timeout down 14-5 with the Thibeaux sisters accounting for 11 of the Broncos 14. At the end of the quarter the low scoring affair was 16-5 with 13 coming from the sisters.

The second quarter started off with Brandi Thibeaux scoring on the Broncos first possession. Brittney added another two as the Broncos increased their lead. Medicine Hat scored one getting to the line, but were having trouble generating any offence. All their shots were coming from deep behind the arc and many coming up short. The Broncos were able to keep them from getting any clean looks or shots away. Although the Broncos were quite ahead, the Rattlers continued to play tough defense but the sheer size of the Broncos was overwhelming. On average the broncos players were at least 6 inches taller than their mark and were taking full advantage of the situation. With just under 2 minutes on the clock the Rattlers called a timeout with the Broncos ahead 30-8. As the half came to a close the Broncos found themselves up 32-10 over the Rattlers.

The Broncos started the third quarter much like the rest of the game went, with a Brittney Thibeaux bucket coming off a Brandi Thibeaux pass. With 33 of the broncos 38 points the Thibeaux sisters seemed impossible to shut down. The Rattlers continued to struggle to generate consistent offence with the bigger broncos shutting down any penetration from the Rattlers. This combined with inconsistent outside shooting saw the Rattlers struggling to put up points. with 4 minutes left in the quarter the Rattlers were down 16-51, only scoring 3 times in the first 6 minutes. The only scoring was coming from Morgan Muir and Rhiannon Ware shooting pull up mid range jumpers. Muir hit an open 3 off some great ball movement and the Rattlers showed a little life late in the quarter. But at the end of the quarter the Broncos lead 57-27 up 30 points entering the fourth the game was all but over before the start of the final frame.

The fourth quarter started looking much like the first three. The Broncos continually shut down the Rattlers attack and with Thibeaux inside they were able to score at will. When the Rattlers would double down inside, the Broncos would turn to Brandi and slash inside for an open look. With the two headed attack the Rattlers did their best to hang on and keep pushing despite the deficit. No matter what the home side did however seemed to matter as the Broncos were able to keep the Home side firmly in the rear view as they continued to pull away. The Final was 76-43 as the Olds Broncos cruised to victory.

The ACAC Players of the game were Brittney Thibeaux from OC and Rhiannon Ware from MHC.

In men's action:

Hoping for their second win in as many nights, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Played host to the Olds Broncos. With both teams lower in the standings the Rattlers looked to capitalize and start a streak going into the break, while the Broncos looked to play spoiler in the final Home game of 2019. The Rattlers scored the first 2 baskets of the game both coming off a fast break before the Broncos responded with a 3. The Broncos scored again taking the lead as both teams started taking fouls and the broncos padded their lead. the game however remained close with chances coming on both ends of the court. Defense started to take over the game as scoring slowed as the play moved through the middle of the quarter. With 2 minutes left the Rattlers re-took the lead 13-12. They followed it up  with another basket shortly after to increase the lead to 3. The Broncos woke up again and re took the lead back on 2 baskets back to back. After entering bonus the Broncos got to the line late in the quarter hitting one and increasing the lead to 3. The Rattlers answered but still remained down one, 17-18 at the end of the first.

The second quarter started with the Rattlers missing 2 second chance opportunities and the Broncos hitting a 3 early. There was no panic from the Rattlers as they continued to play their style knowing the Broncos couldn't continue to hit from outside with this much efficiency all game. The Broncos went on a run however and were up 28-17 early in the second. The Rattlers turned it on hitting a jumper and a 3 to quickly close the gap again. Another turnover forced and another quick 4 points from the Rattlers and they found themselves only down 2. Olds took a timeout and were able to get the lead back to 4 before the Rattlers responded again. After another defensive stop the Rattlers tied it at 30.  The Broncos again took a lead on a 7-0 run before the Rattlers could again respond. The Broncos again hit from beyond the arc and were able to again extend the lead going into the half. Up 7 at the break, the Broncos lead 42-35 in a tight contest.

The Third started with an unforced turnover from Olds and a quick bucket from the Rattlers. The Rattlers did not let the lead become unmanageable as they were able to stay within striking distance. Medicine Hat was down by as many as 14 but came back to only 4 down with 2 minutes on the clock. the Broncos again extended the lead with time winding down in the half. The Rattlers trailed by 6 down 59-65 at the end of the quarter.

In the fourth quarter the Broncos were able to hold on to their lead with the Rattlers Kieron Burgess forced to the bench with 4 fouls. He re-entered the game with 7 minutes and looked to make an immediate impact, hitting on his first shot back. The Broncos had their own ideas and were able to take a double digits lead. With only 5 minutes left the Rattlers needed to turn something around to get back into the game. The Broncos continued to answer every rattler point with their own. The Rattlers as well were missing too many first chance points and failing to get control of the offensive glass. With just over two minutes left the Rattlers took a timeout down 79-63 after seeing their offence break down. The Broncos were too much on this day as they took the game 82-67 over the Rattlers.

The ACAC Players of the game were Ben Nelson for Olds and Eidan Jonker for MHC.