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Tournament Champions


Men’s and women’s basketball teams were down in North Dakota this past weekend playing in the NIAC/MCAC crossover tournament. Both teams finished strong, showing that Providence is a team to keep an eye on.
Both the men and the women kicked off the tournament with wins against Red Lake Tribal College. Road legs are always a factor, and the men’s team came out flat to start the game. After making a few runs and taking the momentum of the game, the men finished with a 102-73 win. Key players in the game were Romeo KC with 12 points and 13 assists, Suede Brightnose with 20 points, and Johnathan Thompson with 28 points. Everyone on the Pilots roster contributed on the score sheet by the end of the night.  The women’s game was much the same, coming out flat but pulling away after 10 minutes of play in the first half, to win 80-29. Key players in the win for the Pilots were: Karmealia Turner with 20 points and 6 assists, Isabella Selk with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Renata Nyhof with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Everyone on the roster contributed offensively on the score sheet.
In the semi-finals of the tournament the men took on Oak Hills Christian College. Once again the Pilots came out flat finding themselves in a 10 point deficit early on. With shots not falling, it was up to the defense to get them back in the game. The defensive pressure of the Pilots helped them claw back into the game, taking the lead at halftime. Oak Hills got themselves into early foul trouble by the aggressive offense of the Pilots. Providence never looked back maintaining the lead to a 77-71 final. Not every game is pretty but with a win the Pilots moved on to the finals. Key players of the game were: Ryan Perpal with 31 points 9 rebounds and 2 assists, Romeo KC with 9 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals, and Johnathan Thompson with 23 points 6 rebounds 4 assists and 5 steals.
 The women’s game was much the same as they faced off against Leech Lake Tribal College in their semi-final. The ladies came out shooting flat and were down 6 to start the game. The tempo picked up after the first 10 minute, and the Pilots entered the second half with a 36-17 lead. In the second half the Pilots picked up the full court defense to try and up the momentum. The second half was a faster tempo and the Pilots didn’t look back taking the game 63-36. Key players for the Pilots were: Lauren Wiebe with 13 points, Isabella Selk with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Karmealia Turner with 15 points 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
The finals looked like a different Providence team. Ready to play right from the tip off, with no lulls or flatness to the shooting the Pilots had their best start of the weekend. An aggressive attack on the offensive end put the Mighty Mikinocks in early foul trouble. The game was back and forth showing an evenly matched tournament final, but the Pilots headed into the locker room at halftime with a 2 point lead. The second half started out slow for Providence with Turtle Mountain going on a 6 point run to put themselves up 4 in the early minutes. Providence pulled themselves back ahead with a run of their own, and were able to maintain the lead throughout the second half. With clutch free throws from JT Thompson in the last minute of play, Providence sealed the game, winning another close one with Turtle Mountain 79-73. Key players for the Pilots were: Romeo KC with 23 points 7 rebounds 7 assists and 4 steals, Ryan Perpall with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Nate Warburton with a big defensive game putting up 12 points 7 rebounds and 6 blocks on the score sheet.
Johnathan Thompson was named the tournament MVP and tournament all-stars to be named in the upcoming week. Coach Gryba had these words to say after the successful weekend: "We got off to a slow start in the tournament, not playing to the best of our ability but still finding ways to win. In the finals, the team showed up ready to play and showed great discipline in the second half to keep our turnovers and fouls to a minimum which put us in a position to get the win. Very proud of the way we played in the finals."
The women tipped off against Turtle Mountain in their final game, mirroring the men’s final matchup. The Pilots, who had coasted past Red Lake and Leech Lake Tribal Schools in their first two games of the weekend, were looking for some intensity to carry them against Turtle Mountain. Turtle Mountain who had also coasted past CMU with a 65-51 win and Red River with a 69-51 win, were prepared for another tough MCAC matchup. The score was back and forth with both teams making runs in the first half, but the Mighty Mikinocks found themselves up 32-23 at the half. To start the second half, Turtle Mountain hit a 3 point shot putting them up double digits. The Pilots didn’t give up, making small runs throughout the half to get themselves within 7 points in the last minute of play. Lauren Wiebe hit a 3, making it a 4 point game with 38 seconds left. The Pilots would intentionally foul putting Turtle Mountain to the free throw line. Both shots were missed, keeping it a 4 point game. The Pilots came back on offense scoring a quick layup making it a 2 point game with 8 seconds on the clock. The Pilots picked up a full court press causing confusion for Turtle Mountain. After a timeout is called, the Pilots pick off an inbound pass leaving Genadyne Charr with an open layup. Charr drives to the basket and is hit hard to the ground by three Turtle Mountain players. After no call was made, the Pilots were forced to intentionally foul sending Turtle Mountain’s star post to the free throw line where she hit both shots putting them up by 4 and winning the game 65-61. The Pilots would bring home the second place trophy from the women’s side and the first place trophy from the men’s side. Key players for Providence in this game were: Crystal Harms with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Karmealia Turner with 12 points and 4 rebounds, and Isabella Selk with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
After the weekend coach Coursey had these words to say: “We had a slow start to the season with some tough games behind us, but we can build on the strong showing from this past weekend.” After being asked about the questionable calls in the final game of the tournament; “What is done is done, and you can never count on the referees to make a call on the last play of the game.” “As far as the lopsidedness of the foul count in the game; you do the best that you can to control the things in your power.” “I was very proud of my team and how they handled themselves despite the adversity thrown their way.”
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