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Warkentine at the FT line

On Friday and Saturday this past weekend, the Providence basketball teams had their work cut out for them as they took on the Trinity Lions. For the women’s side, Friday’s game started slow for the Lady Freemen as Trinity knocked down big three point shots and dominated in the post. Providence coming off a 6 hour drive showed tired legs and had trouble scoring, eventually losing 87-36. Top stat getters for the game were Brynn Swan (Edmonton, Alberta) with 14 points and 13 rebounds; and Elena Rempel (Niverville, MB) with 8 points 6 rebounds.

Saturday’s started differently as Providence switched to man-defense and had a much closer first half. Unfortunately, Trinity’s depth and full court pressure allowed them to pull ahead resulting in a similar outcome to Friday’s game (80-34). Top stat getters for the game were Kristi Larson (Gardner, ND) with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals; and Elena Rempel with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Foidart in defensive position
For the men’s game, Providence came out strong Friday night and took an early lead in the first minutes of the game. Unfortunately the Trinity Lions outrebounded and outshot the Freemen leading to a 84-56 victory. On Saturday, the Freemen stayed with the Lions for most of the game with big finishes from Junior Chris Funk (Steinbach, MB) and Sophomore Matt Antonio (Winnipeg, MB). Funk hit some crucial 3 point shots late in the game and Antonio made a huge impact on the team, forcing multiple offensive charges on the Lions and completing 3-point plays with back-to-back “and ones". Despite their tremendous effort, the Freemen were unable to close the gap and lost to Trinity 94-75.

Last night (Tuesday, December 6), the men’s team traveled to ACC (Brandon, MB) and had one of their most exciting game finishes of the semester. Down 63-69 in the remaining minute and a half of the game, Johnathan Thompson (Nassau Bahamas) was fouled on a three point play and Brennan Foidart (Killarney, MB) also went to the line for free throws to try and close the gap. Unfortunately, ACC maintained the lead and ended plus 2 with a score of 70-68.

Next home action is Wednesday, December 7th as the teams take on the Red River Rebels at 6pm (women) and 8pm (men). After these games, basketball will commence again in January for the second half of the season.

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