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King making immediate impact at Carroll

By Vince Bagby, Sports Director, vbagby@keci.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 01:38:15 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 10 2013 08:26:51 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Carroll men’s basketball team has had a tough go at it so far on the hardwoods this winter as the Saints are just 1-13 overall.

But the future is bright for one Missoula native playing in his freshman season at Carroll.  Riley King is doing his best to help the Saints turn the season around and win some games.

One of the biggest reasons that the multi-sport talent King chose basketball at Carroll coming out of Sentinel high school was the opportunity to play right away.

So far that's worked out very well: He made his first college start in Missoula against the Grizzlies on December 8th and he's been a key contributor for the Saints ever since.

Last week against Great Falls, King had his best game so far this season.  He finished with 23 points and hit five shots from beyond the arc. Not bad for a true freshman in his team’s conference opener. 

"Yeah that definitely was a confidence booster going in,” said King about his season best performance.  “My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball when I was open and I luckily knocked down some shots.  It was a great crowd and great atmosphere and it was disappointing we didn't pull away with a win but it was a good start."

King is the first to say that he and his teammates are definitely frustrated they only have one win so far on the season, but on the bright side six of those losses are by five points or less and they know they can clean it up by the end of the year.

"It's definitely frustrating with our record a little bit but we're starting to get there and in our last two conference games we were right there. A couple plays here and a couple plays there we're right back in it so... I like it a lot, I like my teammates a lot and I like the school a lot and hopefully we can start getting some wins."