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Providence Hosts MCAC Basketball Championships
It should be a packed gym at Providence University College this weekend, as it will be the host of the 2014 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Basketball Final 4's.
The MCAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Manitoba, a league in which Providence fields varsity teams in basketball, volleyball, and soccer, along with a club futsal team. The tournament, which will put on five games in total, is the culmination of the 2013-2014 basketball season for schools such as Red River College, Canadian Mennonite University, Providence, and a University of Winnipeg College team, where they will compete to become the MCAC Basketball Champions.
Both Providence's men and women's basketball teams are participating in the tournament, and will be a part of semifinal matches on Friday, March 7.
On the women's side, the Pilots take on Canadian Mennonite University for a shot at the finals on Saturday. Despite CMU getting the best of Providence throughout most of the season, the Pilots were able to take a victory away from them in the last game of the season two weeks ago, defeating them in double digits. If that game was any indication of the state of this Providence team, we should be seeing quite the basketball game between these two long-time athletic rivals, with the home Providence crowd potentially playing a huge factor.
For the men, they face an even tougher challenge, taking on the five-time defending MCAC Champions in Red River College. Providence has had a great second half of the season, which included taking the Rebels into overtime just a few weeks ago, and they will be looking to tap into that performance in front of their home crowd to earn themselves a spot in the championship game.
Whatever the result, the atmosphere in front of the Providence-friendly crowd should be electric, and the games are sure to be entertaining. The first semifinal match of the day starts at 4 pm, but the Pilots play at 6 pm (women) and 8 pm (men) on Friday evening. Championship matches began on Saturday, March 8, with the women's game taking place at 6pm, and the men's game going down at 8 pm.
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