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Men’s basketball team rounding into form
2016-11-29
Romeo KC dropped 27 points and added seven assists and seven rebounds as the Providence Pilots men’s basketball team beat the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 94-78 in Otterburne on Friday.
 
Referring the display as “our best defensive effort of the year,” head coach Tim Friesen also pointed to some timely steals and the three-point shooting of Harold Memita as additional factors in the win. The Pilots, presently third in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference standings, have now won two of their last three games and continue to round into form ahead of the crucial post-Christmas stretch.
 
KC, who hails from Falls Church, Virginia, leads the MCAC with 22.3 points per game while Richard Rodgers of Adelaide, Australia is the league’s top rebounder with an average of 8.2 per outing.
 
“Our effort and intensity was the best I’ve seen all year,” added Friesen. “It’s definitely something to build on going forward.”
 
The women’s basketball team also faced CMU on Friday but lost 76-38, having failed to recover from a disappointing first half. Winnipeg’s Rebecca Fentum-Jones’ performance was a bright spot for the Pilots, however, as she recorded 12 points and was perfect from the free-throw line.
 
“It was a tough first half but I think we responded in the second and played better basketball,” analyzed head coach Joel Coursey. “But,” he continued, “we will need to have a short memory and finish the semester off strong down in Iowa this weekend.”
 
Both Providence basketball teams will be in Dubuque, Iowa between Thursday and Saturday for tournament play. Their next home games are January 14 against the Red River College Rebels.
 
In volleyball, the Pilots women remained unbeaten in the MCAC after downing the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen in straight sets on Sunday. Shayna Staerk led the way with 20 kills and 11 digs, and LaRae Driedger contributed 16 kills and nine digs.
 
The Pilots, having finished second at the recent National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship in Kissimmee, Florida, are a perfect 7-0 in provincial play this season and have so far dropped just two sets.
 
“We played a solid match on Sunday,” remarked head coach Kyle Guenther—the reigning NCCAA North Region Coach of the Year. “Coming off a successful week at Nationals I was hoping there wouldn’t be a drop in our level. But we came out with the energy and execution that I asked of our team. We can still cut down on the errors on our side of the net, and we will look to improve on that this week.”
 
The men’s squad also posted a victory over the U of W, edging the Wesmen 3-2. Adrian Dyck paced Providence with 22 kills while Tyler Picklyk Enns added nine kills, seven digs, five aces and two blocks. With the win the Pilots put two points between themselves and the third-place Wesmen and are now just four points back of MCAC leaders CMU.
 
“Although we were able to find our game in the second and third sets, and were able to find a way to win the match, I think we have a lot of areas in which we need to improve,” said head coach Scott Masterson.
 
Both Providence volleyball teams will begin the 2017 portions of their schedules January 11 at home to Les Rouges de l’Universite de Saint-Boniface.
 
(Top to bottom: Romeo KC; Shayna Staerk.)
 

         

 
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