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Pilots Flight Report: Men's Basketball MCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, February 11, 2019


Pilots Flight Report: Men's Basketball MCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Pilots Basketball who were ranked #3 going into the weekend and made it to the MCAC Championship final and fell short to the Red River College Rebels Saturday afternoon.

Game #1
GAME: Providence Pilots vs CMU Blazers
SCORE: Win 94 - 86
DATE: 02/08/19
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

#6 Jordan Lawson: 32 pts – 8 rbs
#12 Kendall Perpall: 21 pts – 10 rbs – 4 Assists
#4 Cash Blanca: 19 pts – 3 Assists

Game #2
GAME: Providence Pilots vs Red River Rebels
SCORE: 68 - 76
DATE: 02/09/19
LOCATION: Winnipeg, MB

#12 Kendall Perpall: 19 pts – 9 rbs
#6 Jordan Lawson: 14 pts – 12 rbs – 6 Assists

Going into the MCAC semi-final, we knew our opponent well as it was the third time in 2 weeks that we played the CMU Blazers. They won the first two games, and it was a great opportunity for us to bounce back.
The first half of the game, our goal was to set up the second half. The guys did a great job in putting the key players of CMU in foul trouble early in the game, forcing some rotation from the bench. So even if CMU was leading the score at the half, we knew our process and where we were going. Senior guard #12 Kendall Perpall and Junior Forward #6 Jordan Lawson put together a great 11-0 run a couple of minutes before the final whistle, putting us in the lead for the rest of the game. Senior Guard #4 Cash Blanca did a great job in managing the team and the tempo in the last moment on the game and qualified his team for the MCAC Finals.
Our opponent in the Finals was totally different than CMU. Red River is a team full of talent, they change half of the roster in the second semester and their new Guard #3 Torrez McKoy is a threat that we knew we would have to take care.
I said to the team that the first half was going to be a chess game, slow, calculated, low score. Our goal was to set up a strong defence early in the game, force #3 to pass the ball. Our guys did a tremendous job in defence! Since they have this new roster, the Rebels are averaging 91 pts per game. We kept them under 76 pts which is a great accomplishment for our defence. Unfortunately, we struggled with finding good offensive solutions.
Overall I think we have done a great job so far. When you face a loss or a failure, there is also one question: how am I going to react? Am I going to sit and sulk, or am I going to rise again and learn from my mistakes to become better? The great thing is, as a Christian team we can count on God to help us move forward and keep the hard work. Our next step is the NIAC Tournament at the end of this week. And our next opponent has just been selected: Red River! A new redemption game for your Pilots!

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Author - Tory Walker

Tory Walker

Coordinator of Athletics Information

Tory serves as the Coordinator of Athletics Information and the Head Coach for Women's Soccer.