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Freemen Learn Lesson the Hard Way
Jon Patterson

Men’s basketball loses 99-55 at NCU and 99-61 at Faith

The Providence men’s basketball squad knew they would be in tough heading into their NCCAA action this weekend. Besides the fact of the stiff competition, the Freemen squad also had to try and adapt from Canadian FIBA rules to American NCAA rules in mid-season. But the task proved too much for a young Freemen squad as North Central University dropped them 99-55 Friday night while Faith won with a dominant 99-61 score Saturday afternoon.

“Going into these games we knew that it was going to be a struggle,” Freemen captain Jon Patterson said. “The teams in the States play much more physical. The rules are also different down there. With Canada now following FIBA rules, the officials do not allow teams to play as physical. In the States they are allowed to play extremely physical and that ended up hurting us.”

The impact and misunderstandings of the rule changes were actually seen before the game Friday night. Freshman Chris Funk dunked during the warm-up and was warned by officials that pre-game dunks are not allowed in NCAA play. Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better from there. The Freemen side struggled to find their footing, and the Rams side enforced a physical dominance Providence was never able to match. In the end NCU finished with a dominant 99-55 score.

With the first game under the belt the Freemen expected to play a more competitive game Saturday afternoon against the Faith Eagles. However, sometimes expectations aren’t always met, and, even as Providence poured it all out on the court, the Eagles simply proved to be too much for the Freemen side as they took the game 99-61.

After such dominant performances from their competitors, the Freemen left the weekend realizing what it will take for them to be able to battle come time for regional playoffs. Captain Jon Patterson also left the game believing that playing against such strong competitors will actually make his squad better when it comes time to compete in MCAC competition.

“They were stronger and faster than our team could handle,” Patterson commented. “With fresh legs coming in every 5 minutes, they slowly dismantled our team.”
“But good things came from this weekend. Our team now understands the intensity needed in order to win. Hopefully we can bring the intensity like we did when we played against NCU and Faith, to CMU and Red River.”

Notes: The Freemen next play this Wednesday as they host the CMU Blazers….they also play Friday evening when they travel to CMU…no stats were available from the source.

Articles written by Kaiten Critchlow
Picture by Brenda Peters

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