Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Having entered the National Christian College Athletic Association North Region Basketball Tournament as the number-one seed for the first time in Providence history, the Pilots men’s basketball team progressed to the semi-finals in Ankeny, IA last weekend.
Jordan Lawson’s 21 points propelled the Pilots to a convincing 83-67 win over the host Faith Baptist Bible College Eagles, and Cash Blanca added a further 20 points in Thursday’s quarter-final triumph that set up a semi-final showdown with the Oak Hills Christian College Wolfpack.
Although they were mostly able to defend against the Wolfpack’s three-point threat, the Pilots ended up conceding too many lay-ups to their Minnesota opponents. Lawson again led the Pilots in scoring with 23 points, to go along with Kendall Perpall’s 21, but Oak Hills advanced to the final after beating Providence 94-86.
In the NCCAA women’s tournament the Pilots also faced the Eagles in the quarter-finals but lost 64-53. Taylor Goodbrandson’s 16 points paced Providence, and Alison Zajac also had a strong game with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Both Pilots basketball teams are now en route to Joplin, MO for the bracket-style Association of Christian College Athletics tournament. Providence is the lone Canadian school participating in the event.
The Pilots men will face Springfield, MO’s Baptist Bible College in their first round game March 1 while the women will take on hosts Ozark Christian College. All games can be watched live online.