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Beating the Blazers
Coursey in defensive stance

2/9 - The Providence men’s basketball team faced off against the Canadian Mennonite Blazers in a back-to-back last weekend. The Freemen travelled to Winnipeg on Friday evening and were able to pull off an upset with an 86-74 road win, but the Blazers rebounded by taking the re-match at Providence’s gym 78-65.

The Freemen came out looking like a different squad on Friday evening as they employed a full-court press throughout the game to throw the Blazers off their game. Providence saw their first-half efforts sparked by CJ Sears’ (27 pts., 5 rbds., 4 blks.) hustle effort.

The Freemen continued their strong play into the second half and were able to control the action throughout in one of their best team efforts in recent memory. Mario Johnson (10 pts., 6 rbds., 3 stls.) helped lead the team’s defensive energy, and the Freemen were able to roll onto their most impressive victory of the season, beating the always competitive Blazers 86-74.

Providence then returned home on Saturday to host the Blazers in the re-match. The Freemen were once again determined to let their defensive energy and team ball lead them throughout the match. However, the Blazers seemed more prepared for the full-court press applied on Saturday and were able to move the ball up court more efficiently. The Freemen put in a great game for the second consecutive day, but in the end, Saturday saw the Blazers come out as the better squad as they took the game 78-65. The loss had worse implications for Providence though, as it eliminated the Freemen from the MCAC final-four championship it will be hosting in March to finish out the season.

Providence next returns to action on Saturday in their MCAC season finale against the Red River Rebels.

-Kaiten Critchlow

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