Basketball News Update
Over the weekend, the men and women’s basketball teams hit the road for Minneapolis, MN where they each competed in two NCCAA league games against the Faith Baptist Eagles and North Central Rams at North Central University.
On Friday evening, the women’s game against Faith was a battle through and through. Providence stepped out of a scoring slump from the previous week and worked together in both offensive and defensive ends. Leading the game in the second half, the Lady Freemen applied pressure to Faith’s ball handlers which resulted in several turnovers and scoring runs for Providence. Faith clawed back and with Providence again balancing a short bench, they were forced into a bit of foul trouble. In the final minutes, Providence led the scoreboard as Faith tried to apply their own pressure that did not shake the Lady Freemen who calmly worked the clock and finished with their second win of the semester (52-47).
Top stat getters: Breanne Mahara (Fannystelle, MB)- 11 pts, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Christine Parker (Winnipeg, MB)- 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; and Elena Rempel (Niverville, MB) 10 points, 4 rebounds
The following day, the Lady Freemen faced the North Central University Rams at their home court. Two weeks prior, the Rams had defeated the Trinity Lions by 5 points who have already given Providence some trouble this year. However, the Lady Freemen started the game with gusto and frustrated the Rams with their defensive pressure. Going into the half, Providence trailed NCU 30-37. Late in the game, several quick steals by NCU guard Trickey, as well as strong finishes by their forward Goodman, made it difficult for Providence to close the gap. The Lady Freemen defended well and held NCU’s 3 point shooter (Grenell) to only 5 points. The game finished with NCU taking the win 76-62.
Starting off the weekend’s events, the Providence men played Faith Baptist in an incredibly thrilling game from start to finish. Providence and Faith continued to switch leads several times in both halves, which made it an exciting game for the fans. Their strong performance was led with big finishes by Johnathan Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas), several clutch 3 pointers and stellar defense from Chris Funk (Steinbach, MB), and the helpful rebounding hands of Picasso Knowles (Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas). The Faith Eagles went up by 3 in the last minute and JT (Thompson) hit a huge three pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
In the overtime game, Knowles and forward Jon Janke (Thunder Bay, ON) were fouled out and the team tried to keep up, but unfortunately Faith pulled ahead and iced the game with free throws. The final score for the game was 78-73.
On Saturday, Providence recorded a great first half against NCU, the defending NCCAA Regional champions. Ramon Dames (aka “Shakey” from Poteau, OK) stepped in for missing point guard Matt Antonio to help control the game and performed well under pressure. Unfortunately, NCU widened the scoring gap in the second half and eventually took the win 93-62.
Next for the Providence basketball teams is a home-and-home with the Assiniboine Community College Cougars Friday, January 27th (ACC) and Saturday, January 28th (Providence).
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