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Pilots basketball teams soar to top of NIAC
2017-12-05
 
Both Pilots basketball teams won twice in Fort Totten, North Dakota last weekend, consolidating their first-place positions in the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Kendall Perpall put up 24 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 assists for Providence in Friday’s 103-88 win over Cankdeska Cikana Community College. On Saturday Winnipeg’s Cash Blanca tallied 24 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists in a 92-87 defeat of the same opponent. The Pilots men are now 5-1 in the NIAC, which brings together 10 teams from Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
 
The women, too, won both their games against Cankdeska Cikana Community College, prevailing 85-56 on Friday and 85-43 on Saturday. First-year guard Kiara Foster scored 15 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the first encounter while third-year guard Taylor Goodbrandson led the way with 18 points and 7 assists in the rematch. The women’s team is a perfect 5-0 in NIAC play so far this season.
 
“We were able to generate a lot of good shot opportunities, which led to us shooting the ball very well in both games,” analyzed Pilots women’s coach Joel Coursey. “I think this past weekend’s success will help propel us into our three-game road trip to Minneapolis before the Christmas break.”
 
In volleyball action both the men’s and women’s teams were beaten by the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers on Friday before bouncing back with victories over the Red River College Rebels on Saturday.
 
The men are tied with CMU for first place in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference after eight matches while the women are alone atop the standings.
 

         

 
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