Monday, November 15, 2021
Women’s Basketball vs USB Les Rouges
Nov 12th: W 78-20
Nov 13th: W 73-23
MCAC Record: 2-1
The Pilots were looking to get things back on track like they were on the West coast trip. Since returning home, the Pilots had been handed a pair of rough defeats at the hands of TAP and the CMU Blazers. On Friday night, Providence came out quick, scoring fast and causing defensive turnovers. At the half, the Pilots were leading 40-10 and the game was in hand. The second half was much of the same, with few adjustments being made. “It is nice to get in the win column and build some confidence. I think everyone needs a win sometimes to believe in themselves, no matter how big or small that win is,” noted coach Coursey.
Saturday’s rematch took the Pilots down a snow covered 59 highway, to St. Boniface. The Pilots got off to an even quicker start then the night before and were up 19-4 after the first 10 minutes of play and 48-11 by half. “This weekend was a great opportunity for our younger players to get their feet under them and build some much-needed confidence. I think our players are ready to score more, in the games ahead of us before Christmas. We are developing our identity and learning how to best use our players to find success”, noted coach Coursey. The Pilots will head to Winnipeg for an exhibition game with TAP on Thursday, for their lone game this week.
Nov. 12th Key Stats:
Kishi Rioferio: 14 Points, 6 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 5 Steals
Trinity Blair: 13 Points, 7 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 4 Steals
Abby Matuszewski: 10 Points, 4 Rebounds, 3 Steals
Nov. 13th Key Stats:
Trinity Blair: 17 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 5 Steals
Asha Donnelly: 12 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 6 Steals
Men’s Basketball vs USB Les Rouges
Nov 12th: W 72-60
Nov 13th: W 104-50
MCAC Record: 2-1
The Pilots were back in action on Friday night in their home opener against the Universite de Saint-Boniface. Entering the game with an 0-1 record after a disappointing road loss at CMU the weekend prior, the Pilots were looking to get into the MCAC win column. The contest didn’t start the way the Pilots had hoped, as veteran guard Josh Armstrong dropped to the court with an early injury, which would sideline him for the weekend. Les Rouges battled and showed well, forcing the Pilots to adjust as the game went on. “We struggled to find the target from the perimeter, only shooting 12% the entire game”, noted Dubreuil. The Pilots early shooting woos seemed to follow them from CMU, as the ball had a hard time falling through the hoop. “We were able to stay on track with some great individual defence and a great performance from the Carmen MB boys, Waedon and Nate. Both shot 50% from mid-range contributing for a combined 35 points.” The Pilots evened their record to 1-1, with hopes of jumping above .500 by the end of the weekend.
Saturday evening provided a rematch with Les Rouges and another chance for the Pilots to get their shooting back on track. With a number of starters out of the lineup due to injuries, the game provided a good opportunity for some of the rotation to rise up to the occasion. With some defensive adjustments, Providence locked down the interior of the court and allowed only 50 points from Les Rouges. The defensive adjustments sparked an offensive outburst of 104 points, and a second win on the weekend. Dubreuil notes, “1st year guard Seth Salamandyk, had an amazing performance, connecting 6 of his 8 3pt attempts, while Josh Lamoureux added another 18 points, predominantly from beyond the arc.” “Overall, we had a very positive weekend, and showed improvement from game to game.” 1st year guard, Nate Ens adds, “We had a slow start to our first game, which hindered our energy levels and gave us difficulty throughout the game. We managed to fix this in the second game resulting in tons of offensive success. Obviously, there is still tons of room for improvement in our game, but all in all, we had a great weekend. I am looking forward to playing the rest of the year with these guys.” The Pilots will host Central Canada Prep. in an exhibition game on Wednesday this week.
Nov. 12th Key Stats:
Nate Ens: 16 Points, 9 Rebounds
Waedon Dueck: 19 Points, 10 Rebounds
Nov. 13th Key Stats:
Kevin Martinez: 13 Points, 10 Assists
Nate Ens: 22 Points, 17 Rebounds
Women’s Volleyball vs USB Les Rouges
Nov 13th: L 0-3 (11-25, 18-25, 14-25)
MCAC Record: 2-2
Pilots women’s volleyball, matched up with the Les Rouges of USB, this past Saturday afternoon in Niverville MB. The Pilots came out flat and we unable to find any air, as the visiting Les Rouges outplayed the home squad from start to finish. “In what was already going to be a tough match with St. Boniface, we didn’t come with our best on Saturday”, notes coach Guenther. “St. Boniface has a well-balanced attack and an incredible defense that we didn’t have an answer for. The best thing we can do is, learn from this one and grow in order to be ready for next weekend.” Volleyball will host the ACC Cougars this weekend, for a pair of games, as they look to bounce back.
Tyra Peters: 6 Kills, 6 Digs, 1 Ace
Haley Blain: 6 Kills, 5 Digs
Men’s Volleyball vs USB Les Rouges
Nov 13th: L 0-3 (22-25, 24-26, 17-25)
MCAC Record: 3-1
The Pilots have been flying on all cylinders to start their MCAC campaign. They entered Saturday’s matinee with a 3-0 record, good enough for 1st place. The Pilots met their match on Saturday against the St. Boniface. Les Rouges showed strong with brilliant defensive play, a balanced attack, and a dominant service game. The Pilots were unable to take any ground in the match, while Les Rouges walked away with a 3 set victory. Tyler Klassen was the player of the game for the Pilots, but he alone, was no match for Les Rouges on Saturday afternoon. “We were unable to match the sense of urgency that USB brought to the court. We made too many errors throughout each set, and we were unable to develop any rhythm or groove”, noted coach Quiring. “I am looking forward to seeing how the squad responds with a new challenge in the ACC Cougars this coming weekend.”