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Basketball News Update
On Thursday night (Nov 16th), the Lady Freemen won their season opener in an intense and thrilling battle that went to overtime against the CMU Blazers (already 12 games into their season). The team started strong taking an early 8-2 lead, but then committed numerous turnovers figuring out how to handle the Blazers full court press. With a few minor adjustments, and deserved praise to pressure handlers, Kristi Larson (Gardner, ND) and freshman Breanne Mahara (Fannystelle, MB), the Lady Freemen converted CMU’s pressure into fast break opportunities. The team took their first win of the season, 55-56 (OT).
Friday night, the team played the Blazers but this time on CMU’s home turf. Providence started right where they left off, stepping up and taking the lead early in the game with sophomore Mel Warkentine (Winkler, MB) hitting back-to-back threes. Aggressive play by Brynn Swan (Edmonton, AB) and Elena Rempel (Niverville, MB) assisted the team by grabbing rebounds and diving for loose balls. Unfortunately, the team allowed CMU back in the game, hitting some easy shots to go up by 2 baskets before half.
With strong defensive pressure from the Blazers, CMU made some big steals, adding to a 20 point lead on the scoreboard. With five minutes remaining, Providence pushed with some pressure of their own to go on a 10-4 lead but it was not enough to catch the Blazers, and they fell short 61-47. It is clear that the persistent Providence women’s team will not let up until the buzzer sounds. They will be exciting to watch all season long.
Top stat getters for Wednesday game: Brynn 12 pts, 8 rbs, 3 steals, 1 block; Mel Warkentine- 11 pts, 13 rbs, 4 steals, 3 assists, 2 blocks; Kristi Larson - 11 pts, 7 assists, 4 steals, 1 block; Elena Rempel - 9pts, 9 rbs, 3 steals, 1 block.
For men’s basketball, the Providence Freemen played the Blazers at home on Wednesday and despite injury and limited numbers, kept the game close. The Blazers played strong, hitting big shots and their veteran player Wyatt Anders grabbed big boards for them. The final result was 74-63.
It was a similar story for Friday night as the Freemen came out and found it difficult to score against CMU’s defense (who took the win 75-41). Senior, Chris Funk (Steinbach, MB) and sophomore, Johnathan Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas) were strong leaders for the team and contributed big time in both offensive and defensive ends. The Freemen look forward to recovering and bouncing back from the losses for upcoming games.
Upcoming games take place at home this Friday against Assiniboine Community College (6pm Women; 8pm Men) and Saturday against the College Wesmen (2pm Women; 4pm Men).
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