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Pilots 74-63 Over Blazers
Providence athletics was busy this weekend with games in both basketball and volleyball. The men’s and women’s volleyball teams played against the Red River Rebels on Friday night in Winnipeg while both basketball teams played the Red River Rebels in Otterburne. The men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the court again on Saturday at home against the CMU Blazers in what would be the last home game of the season for the men’s team. Before the game Johnathan Thompson a senior guard from Nassau Bahamas was honored in the last home game of his career with a speech from the Pilots athletic director Scott Masterson.

The Providence Pilots men’s basketball team took to the court against the Red River Rebels this past Friday night in Otterburne. Providence had just suffered a tough loss to the College Wesmen and was looking to bounce back with a win against the Rebels. The game was back and forth showing 6 lead changes before the end of regulation time. Four quarters could not decide this game as the teams entered overtime tied 64-64. The Pilots were down 5 points with under a minute left in overtime when Romeo KC hit a clutch 3 point shot bringing the Pilots within 2 points of the Rebels. On the next play, the Rebels were unable to score with the ball going out of bounds. The Pilots had a chance to tie the game with 8 seconds on the clock. On the inbound play Red River unintentionally fouled Kendall Perpall sending him to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game. Kendall was able to make both free throws to tie the game with 3.3 seconds on the clock. Red River called a timeout, setting them up to inbound the ball at half court. On the inbound play Evan Walker was able to get himself open for a layup on the buzzer winning the game 76-74 for the Rebels. The key players for the Pilots were Ryan Perpall with 14 points, 9 rebounds, Johnathan Thompson with 16 points, 3 steals, and Kendall Perpall with 29 points, 10 rebounds.

The women’s game was not as closely played as the guy’s game. Providence who has struggled this season with a short bench and a handful of untimely injures was unable to stay with the Rebels. The Pilots held a small lead after 1 quarter, but would not stop the Rebels as they took a 44-25 lead at half time. Providence played a strong 3rd quarter but could not make a comeback, losing 93-53. Key players for the Pilots were, Genadyne Charr with 7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and Crystal Harms with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block.

In the second night of action the Pilots men’s basketball team took on the CMU Blazers at home. The Pilots lead the season series entering Saturday’s game 2-1. Both teams were desperate for a win, as they each fell to Red River in overtime of their previous games. Providence was able to build a 15 point lead in the first half. The Pilots entered halftime with a 35-31 lead. The second half showed a handful of lead changes before the Pilots were able to take control of the game winning it 74-63, and taking the season series 3-1. Key players for the Pilots were Nate Warburton with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, Ryan Perpall with 12 points, 9 rebounds, Johnathan Thompson with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, and Kendall Perpall with 19 points, 6 rebounds. The Pilots travel to Bemidji this weekend with back to back games against the Oak Hills Wolf Pack.

Providence has had many close games with CMU this season and has fallen short in all of their meetings. With a rivalry that goes back to before most of the current players where born, you know that when these two teams meet it will be an entertaining game. In 3 of the games played by these two teams the difference has been, 7, 4, and 1. Saturday’s game was no different, as the Blazers won once more 63-57. The Pilots will play the Blazers one more time this season before they meet in the first round of the MCAC playoffs. Key players for the Pilots in this game were, Lauren Wiebe with 13 points, 4 rebounds, Crystal Harms with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 1 block, and Breanne Nichol with 20 points, 2 steals. The Pilots will next take on the Red River Rebels this Saturday at home.
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