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Pilots Fly Over Rebels

Providence entered their 3rd game of the week on the road against the Red River Rebels. Providence has not recorded a win against Red River in 6 seasons of play. Red River went undefeated in the MCAC season last year winning another MCAC championship. Early on, this game looked much like it has for the past few seasons, with Red River jumping to a quick 18-10 first quarter lead. Providence looked tired on defense and was not moving the ball well through the Red River full court press. The Pilots looked like they were playing their 3rd game in 4 days. At the half the Rebels owned a 33-25 lead. Something must have been said to the Pilots during half time, as they hit the floor running with new life in the third quarter. The defensive intensity led the team as they were able to hold the Rebels to only 9 points, while putting in 24 of their own and taking the lead 49-42. The Rebels closed the gap in the fourth quarter but were unable to come back losing 62-58. This monumental game for the Pilots breaks a 6 year drought and puts the Pilots in first place in the MCAC with a 3-0 record. The Pilots out rebounded the Rebels 71-36, but gave up 43 turnovers. Leading the way for the Pilots in this game was Katie Ivey with 15 points and 15 rebounds, Isabella Selk with 12 points and 8 rebounds, Courtney Engel with 9 points and 8 rebounds, Amber Harms with 12 rebounds.

The Pilots finished their stretch of 4 games in 5 days with a loss to Dakota College at Bottineau on Sunday afternoon 67-48. You could say that the girls ran out of gas. They looked like they had played a game everyday that week. Brenna Riediger had 9 points and 5 rebounds, Katie Ivey had 8 points and 8 rebounds. The Pilots now have two days off before playing CMU on the road this Wednesday.

The men got off to a very slow start and ran into a well-rested Red River Team.  Red River shot the lights out and cruised to a 15 point lead after the 1st quarter.  The Pilots played with no energy at all and didn’t match the intesnsity of the Rebels who led by 20 at the half.  The lead was pushed to 30 in the 3rd quarter but the Pilots were able to cut it down to 18 in the 4th. It was a matter of running out of gas that lead to a 103-76 loss.  Coach Gryba had this to say after the game, “We came out very sluggish and with no intensity or energy, Red River took full advantage and really gave it to us.  I was pleased with how our bench handled themselves in the second half almost going point for point with them but overall we need to bring energy and intensity every night if we want to compete with teams like Red River”. Raymond Hiebert lead with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Rig desorvil with 17 points and 8 rebounds, and Romeo KC with 14 points and 5 assists. Pilots play CMU next on Wednesday November 5th at CMU.

(Picture taken by Heidi Martens)

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