Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Feb. 3 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Win 98-46
Feb. 4 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Win 98-30
“It was a great way to end the regular season. We have struggled scoring the last two weeks and we needed to find our stride before the playoffs. Friday night was a great match from both sides. USB scored a season high and we just missed triple digits, with shooting 72 threes. Amver Navarro had a big night for us, scoring 20 points and hitting 5 from beyond the arc, while adding 5 assists.
Saturday was a special night for our program. The Pilots recognized the careers of Megan Wiebe and Trinity Blair. Both players have contributed greatly to the growth and success of the program. Once again, we hit 98 points and held USB to 30, displaying our frustrating defense.”
Quietly, during a night focused on the seniors, coach Coursey won his 100th career game with the Pilots. Coursey is in his 10th season of competition and 11th season as head coach. The team has averaged 10 wins per season under his leadership. Since 2018, Coursey has 63 wins and 44 losses. Notably in 2019 his team captured the NIAC Championship and he was recognized as the Coach of the Year. The team lost in overtime in the final, the following year, prior to the beginning of the pandemic.
The Pilots enter the MCAC playoffs this Friday and their 3rd meeting in a row with USB. The Pilots have hit 98 points in the last 2 games and will look to repeat, sending them to another Finals matchup with the Blazers.
Feb. 3 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Win 66-60
Feb. 4 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Win 79-47
“This weekend marked the end of the regular season for the team. We matched up against Saint-Boniface for a doubleheader. Our first game in Winnipeg was very physical, with the local team coming at us rather aggressively, taking us off guard. We gave up an early lead to Les Rouges, trying to adjust to the game's physicality. Entering the second half, still trailing by 5, we started taking back the momentum in offence and defence. Led by Senior guard Joshua Armstrong (18 pts) and Junior Power Forward Riley Paul (13 pts), we clicked better in offence and worked hard to stop our opponent, only giving up 13 points per quarter in the second half. The aggressiveness of our opponent didn't pay off, picking up 2 unsportsmanlike fouls late in the 4th, allowing us to ice the game on the free throw line and take a 6 points to win 66-60.
Our last game of the regular season was also our last home game. It was the occasion to celebrate the incredible career of Joshua Armstrong. The celebration started early, with some good offensive execution to shine the light on our senior. USB pulled up a bit of a fight, but in the end, nobody would be allowed to spoil the night. Flowing through Armstrong, we turned great defence into points in transition, running with more energy as the game progressed to finish with a strong 26 points last quarter. Armstrong finished with 34 points and 5 assists, adding 2 wins to our record and allowing us to finish undefeated in the MCAC for the first time in recent history. All eyes are now on the MCAC semi-finals between USB and CMU; before facing the winner in the Finals on Sunday night.”
The Pilots ended their MCAC regular season a perfect 8-0, earning them a bye to Sundays Final. The team will await the winner of CMU vs USB on Friday night.
Feb. 3 vs Canadian Mennonite University Win 3-2 (17-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13)
“In our final regular season meeting with CMU, we certainly didn’t get out to the start we wanted. We made error after error which resulted in us being down 2 sets to none pretty quickly. After a slight lineup change and a refocus heading into the 3rd set, we were able to switch the momentum to our side. Our passing picked up but more importantly we started to finish points offensively. We ended up forcing a 5th set and came out on top of a back and forth decider. We will need to pick up our game over the next couple of weeks to gain more confidence heading into championship weekend but it was a great character win to come back like that. It was a much needed win for the standings as well.”
The Pilots hit the number 1 highway this weekend for a back-to-back meeting with the ACC Cougars. Currently sitting #2 in the standings, the Pilots could finish anywhere but first and this weekend can solidify everything.
Feb. 3 vs Canadian Mennonite University Lose 2-3 (25-16, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 10-15)
“This matchup at home was an absolute barnburner. We had a direct game plan going into the match and it paid dividends early with what was arguably our quickest start out of the gate. It was a testament to the level of preparation that the guys bought into and brought in a heavy week of on court sessions - we just unfortunately weren’t as crisp offensively as we’ve been the last few weeks in the 4th and 5th sets. While the result didn’t swing our way when the dust settled, it was another good opportunity to battle toe to toe with the number 10 ranked team in the nation. Onto the next as we’re back in the gym Monday preparing for a doubleheader on the road in Brandon.”
With playoffs matchups already set, the Pilots head to Brandon in hopes of setting the tone for the playoffs. With only 3 regular season games remaining, momentum is everything.
Feb. 4 vs Assiniboine Community College Win 14-1
Feb. 4 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Lose 1-6
“This weekend was another good effort from our team. The continued growth this team has shown is amazing. We learned some good lessons and I am excited to continue to build and prep for Futsal championships. We’ve clinched a playoff spot so this upcoming weekend will be a lot of fun.”
Futsal will conclude the regular season with a pair of games in Niverville against the CMU Blazers and the BU Bobcats.
Feb. 4 vs Assiniboine Community College Lose 2-5
Feb. 4 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Lose 5-6
“Each week we seem to be playing better than the week before but unfortunately, we just don’t seem to be getting the results. Still, we’re progressing in the right direction and some of our upperclassmen (Sean Kirkpatrick, JoJo Barnes and Garreth Rayner) are not only playing well but continue to show their leadership on and off the court.”
One week remains and the Pilots playoff hopes are on the line. They must win both games and get a little luck from their opponents if they are to make the postseason.