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Pilots basketball teams back in the win column
2016-11-22
 
The Providence basketball teams ended losing streaks over the weekend, each beating the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen on Friday in Otterburne.
 
The Pilots women, who had dropped three in a row ahead of tip-off, won 43-37 and improved to 3-2 in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings—good for second overall.
 
Courtney Engel’s 18 points put Providence en route to victory, and the third-year LaSalle forward also contributed seven rebounds and three steals.
 
“We did a lot of things right, but the shots just weren’t falling and it made for a close game,” analyzed head coach Joel Coursey. “I would have liked for us to get to the line a little more. We’ve been shooting well from there.”
 
The men, meanwhile, topped the Wesmen 94-89 with Falls Church, Virginia’s Romeo KC leading the way with 26 points. Richard Rodgers of Adelaide, Australia added 24 points and also claimed 12 defensive rebounds as the Pilots remained third in the province.
 
“We started the game strong, building an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter,” remarked head coach Tim Friesen, adding that after a slow third quarter his side had found themselves trailing by 14.
 
“But,” he said, “we picked up our defense and really limited their second-chance points and were able to pull out the win.”
 
In volleyball, the Pilots men lost a top-of-the-table encounter with the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers, who pulled four points clear at the MCAC summit with the 3-1 triumph.
 
Winnipeg’s Adrian Dyck, however, was a bright spot for Providence and executed 23 kills and five digs in the match. Steinbach’s Lucas Pappel contributed 43 assists, four digs, two blocks and an ace.
 
“I don’t think we played well at all in this match,” said head coach Scott Masterson. “We didn’t come out with much intensity or play with a lot of desire. We also committed twice as many unforced errors as they did. We’ve been struggling to find our game the last few matches and hopefully we can get it back sooner rather than later.”
 
Next up for the Providence men’s volleyball team is a Sunday appointment at the University of Winnipeg College. Both basketball teams will host CMU on Friday and then travel to Dubuque, Iowa for an early December tournament.
 
(Top to bottom: Harold Memita; Rebecca Fentum-Jones.)
 

         

 
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