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Pilots play in three US states over the weekend

by Naaman Sturrup

Providence Pilots recently travelled to the US across three states to compete in the NCCAA and ACCA leagues in a three-game weekend.

In women’s action, the Pilots exited the weekend with 2 wins and 1 loss. In the ACCA league, they faced the Association Free Lutheran Bible School. The Pilots, though going down by 20 points in the first quarter, made an electrifying comeback to win 68-67 in overtime. Star Courtney Engel led the charge with an impressive 32 points, 15 rebounds and 6 steals and Alison Zajac chipped in 9 points and 6 rebounds. The women continued their winning ways in the NCCAA league, defeating Moody Bible Institute 54-34. Three Pilots reached double figures, as Alison Zajac, Alena Collier, and Isabella Selk scored 10 points each.

Their last game proved to the hardest as the women lost against Maranatha Baptist University 34-77. Courtney Engel and Rebecca Fentum-Jones both scored 8 points.

Head coach Joel Coursey commended the girls on their wins stating “It was crucial for our team to string together back to back wins. We are starting to see the fruit of our labour in the form of wins.” Even though they lost against Maranatha, Coursey is proud of their play and looking forward to the upcoming playoffs. “The team is playing our best basketball at the right time. The girls are focused and ready to start playoffs this weekend.”

In men’s action, the Pilots played an entertaining game against the Association Free Lutheran Bible School, despite losing 112-116. However, the men regrouped and won against Moody Bible Institute 89-84. Star guard Romeo KC scored 33 points on 12/20 shooting, Harold Memita contributed 20 points on 7/15 shooting, and Donovan Miller produced 16 points on 6/8 shooting. Maranatha Baptist University was their toughest opponent of the trip, as they lost 69-104. Though they lost, Harold Memita led the charge with 20 points with 10/12 from free throws and 6 steals, Romeo KC scored 14 points and dished out 4 assists, and Donovan Miller chipped in 12 points on 5/8 shooting.

The basketball teams’ next matchups are February 11 as they play MCAC playoffs at Canadian Mennonite University.

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