Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Third-year guard Cash Blanca scored 25 points and Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Kendall Perpall added 19 as the Providence Pilots men’s basketball team beat the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 102-94 in Winnipeg on Saturday. The victory followed a four-point loss on Friday in which Masura, Louisiana’s Justin Pierite scored 13 points and won 10 rebounds.
“It was an up-and-down weekend,” remarked head coach Tim Friesen, whose team is now 4-2 in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference. “Saturday we played a great second quarter and built a good lead. But the flow of the game changed in the third and neither team was able to get into much of a rhythm. We managed to pull it together at the end to close out the game.”
The Pilots women, still winless in MCAC action, dropped 62-41 and 62-47 decisions to the Blazers. First-year post Esther Ruchegaza led Providence in scoring on Friday with 11 points and third-year guard Taylor Goodbrandson tallied the same number on Saturday.
“Friday was a rough first game back from the Christmas break,” analyzed head coach Joel Coursey. “We battled on Saturday and played them even after the first quarter. I think it showed that we can play with good teams, but we need to play a complete game.”
Both Providence basketball teams will host Trinity Bible College for a pair of games this Friday and Saturday.