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Providence Makes a Great Run in MCAC Championships

The Men’s Basketball team from Providence has been a great team to watch all season. With a potent offense and exciting young talent, the Pilots really did “fly high” this season finishing 9-6 and wrapping up the second seed heading into playoffs. In their semi-final match up, they faced off against the third seed, University of Winnipeg College Wesmen.

Despite being outscored in the first quarter, the game seemed to never leave the Pilots control. Providence took a 26-24 lead into halftime. The momentum continued for the Pilots as they found their rhythm in the second half. Player of the Game, Rigueson Desorvil poured in a game high 22 points and led the offensive attack in the second half. Pilots outscored the College Wesmen by 13 points in the second half and won the game 75-60 to advance to the Championship Final. Desorvil added 8 steals and 6 rebounds to his 22 points. Eric Johnson scored 11 points and game high 14 rebounds while point guard, Romeo KC had 10 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds.

The final had the Pilots pitted against an almost unbeaten Red River Rebels team. The Rebels went into the final with a 16-1 record and looking almost unstoppable after the regular season. Providence had played Red River tough this season in a few of their match ups but could not prevail.

The Championship game started with an excellent pace. The Pilots and Rebels traded shot for shot in the early going. Red River had the edge after the first quarter with a 17-14 lead. Some great defense by both teams kept the scoring chances to a minimum and the game close. The Rebels stretched their lead to 7 points as they took a 36-29 lead into halftime. Desorvil and Raymond Hiebert led a third quarter charge that brought the Pilots back to within 3 points. The Rebels led the Pilots 45-42 heading into the fourth and decisive quarter. It was in the fourth when Red River showed their dominant, shut down defense and held the Pilots to 11 points in the quarter. The Rebels clinched the MCAC title for the seventh year in a row by beating the Pilots with a final score of 65-53. Desorvil and Hiebert each had a double-doubles to lead the Pilots in the final. Disorvil had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Hiebert had 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with 5 blocked shots.

Head Coach Colten Gryba spoke of his teams play in their playoff run. “Our compete level was very high during the MCAC Playoffs, we got off to a slow start vs. U of W but the guys refocused and stuck to the game plan and eventually wore them down so we could pull away for the win. In the finals against Red River, again we got off to a slow start and really struggled offensively. Again our compete level was really high on the defensive end so we were able to stay in the game that way but with a team as good as Red River they eventually wore us down and pulled away. I was very pleased with our overall compete level during the MCAC Championships.”

“Our season overall in MCAC has been a good one. The program is in good health and finished higher than any team previous since rejoining the MCAC. This team has laid great groundwork for more successful seasons to come in the MCAC.”

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