Its not that David Kanyinda doesnt have the skills to start. But this coming-off-the-bench gig is suiting him just fine.
Kanyinda led the Fort Lewis College mens basketball team in scoring in a reserve role in two road victories last weekend to claim Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades on Monday.
In Fridays 99-60 rout of Colorado Christian, Kanyinda scored 25 points on 8 of 11 shooting, and the senior sharpshooter drilled four 3-pointers.
In Saturdays 89-86 victory over Colorado Mines, with whom the Skyhawks were tied in second place in the standings entering the game, the 6-1 guard from Albuquerque ditched his usual modus operandi of burying opponents from beyond the arc and spent more time driving in the lane, hitting 11 of 12 free throws en route to 21 points.
Overall, Kanyinda finished the weekend with 46 points on 12 of 19 shooting including a 60 percent success rate from 3 and made 16 of 20 free throws.
On the season, Kanyinda is averaging 14.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. The scoring average is good for third on the team despite the fact that Kanyinda averages only 16.5 minutes per game.
Kanyindas 50 percent success rate from 3 also is tops among Skyhawks.
Dale Minschwaner of Colorado Mines, currently the RMACs top rebounder, took home Defensive Player of the Week Honors for his performances against Adams State and Fort Lewis.
The 6-6 junior center, who attended the same high school, Sandia, as Kanyinda and FLCs DeAndre Lansdowne, had a season-high four blocked shots against Adams State on Friday and had a 13-point, 10-rebound performance in the loss to the Skyhawks on Saturday.
Minschwaner was the East Division Player of the Year a season ago as a sophomore.
Fort Lewis (13-2, 9-2 RMAC) returns home on Friday to take on first-place Metro State (13-2, 10-1 RMAC) in a battle between the leagues top two teams. The Skyhawks will take on Regis (5-10, 2-9 RMAC) on Saturday at Whalen Gymnasium.