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Alumni Appreciation Night
2014-11-04

The gym was alive Halloween night, as the Pilots played host to the CMU Blazers. Providence was 2/5 against the Blazers last year but has had the upper hand in the last two meetings between the two teams. The game couldn’t have been more exciting as both teams recruited strong in the offseason, promising a good matchup. The Pilots started the game off slow with 3 turnovers leading to an early CMU lead. The Pilots rallied back to lead 15-12 after one quarter. With an evenly scored second quarter, the Pilots ended the half with a 33-30 lead. The third quarter was low scoring but all Blazers as they pushed back to take the lead by 1. The fourth quarter was highly entertaining with some key positions to end the game, but neither team could hold the lead. Regulation was not enough time to separate the two teams, so we headed to overtime. Providence was able to take an early lead in overtime and hold onto it, finishing the game on the free throw line. Leading the way for the Pilots was, Amber Harms with 12 points and 8 rebounds, Crystal Harms with 11 points and 9 rebounds, Rebecca Fentum-Jones with 9 points and 5 assists, Courtney Engel with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

The Pilots came out with good energy taking an early 10 point lead against the Blazers. CMU fought back in the half to keep it close throughout the half. Ben Shantz and Adam Bergen kept the Blazers in the game but the Pilots came out in the 3rd quarter with a lot of energy and pushed the lead up to 20.  The fourth quarter showed the teams trading bucket for bucket as coach Gryba got everyone into the game. The Pilots were able to execute the Offence in the 2nd half which led to them pulling away. The Pilots won the game 79-56. Rig Desorvil led with 22 points and 3 rebounds, Matt Johns with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Raymond Hiebert with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Coach Gryba had this to say after the game, “I was happy with our execution in the second half.  It was what enabled us to pull away in this one.  We still need to limit our turnovers and play better on ball defense.  I was really happy with the team’s energy tonight; it allowed us to get on big runs and keeps our momentum going all game.”

 
(Picture taken by Heidi Martens)

Friday’s game against CMU was our alumni appreciation night. The evening was a big success as both teams came away with victories along with a strong alumni representation. We are thankful for all of our alumni who have passed through the athletic program at Providence. Present for the evening was Mumba Mulenga, Johnathan Thompson, Brianna Thompson, Jessica Caul, Rachel Johnson, Dennis Hiebert, Jill Klassen, Kim Coursey, Len Harms, Colten Gryba, Tim Friesen, Graham Bodnor, and Joel Coursey. We look forward to next year’s alumni appreciation night, and hope to see more alumni there.


(Picture taken by Heidi Martens)

 
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