Thursday, February 16, 2023
Feb. 10 vs Universite de Saint-Boniface Win 125-40
Feb. 12 vs Canadian Mennonite University Lose 48-73
“The MCAC Championships were exciting and blast to be a part of. We felt locked-in when we played USB on Friday. The game started slow for us, but once we got going, we couldn’t be stopped. We set program records for most points scored in a game at 125, most points scored in a half at 67, most threes made in a game at 18 and while doing so, we had all 14 players on the score. Sunday’s final was predetermined when the season started, and we were expecting it to be the challenge it was. The team played hard, and we gave them a run for their money, but foul trouble set our offense back in the third quarter and we just weren’t able to hit our shots down the stretch. I am proud of what we have accomplished in our first season of System Basketball, and I am optimistic heading into the NIAC tournament.”
The Pilots head to the twin cities for the NIAC Championships where they will meet the Turtle Mountain Mighty Mikinocks in the quarter finals.
Feb. 12 vs Canadian Mennonite University Win 66-62
“This is a blessing to be undefeated in MCAC this year. CMU played hard and we stepped up in the end as we played several games this year that were close in the last minute and we knew how to step it up. What a finish.”
“It feels so good to win back-to-back. We capitalized on our regular season and worked hard. We were disciplined on defence at the end and it feels amazing to finish my last game in MCAC with a championship and Player of the Game recognition.”
The Pilots went 8-0 in MCAC regular season action which sent them straight to the championship final where they met the CMU Blazers. The Pilots have had tough matches with the Blazers but the last regular season meeting at CMU, had the Pilots walking away with a 20 point victory. The MCAC Final was an exciting contest that started with the Blazers capturing a quick lead and playing from ahead for most of the night. The Pilots took their first lead in the fourth quarter and didn’t let go, earning the victory. The Pilots are now back-to-back champions.
The Pilots will kick off the NIAC Championships on Friday morning when the meet the Sisseton Wahpeton Mustangs in the quarter finals.
Feb. 10 vs Assiniboine Community College Win 3-2 (25-23, 18-25, 18-25, 25-17, 16-14)
Feb. 11 vs Assiniboine Community College Lose 2-3 (19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-14, 9-15)
“It was a great weekend in Brandon this past weekend. ACC has really pushed us the last few times we have played them and once again, we had 2 great battles with them. On the first night, we went the distance and prevailed in the decider 16-14 over the Cougars. It was a fun night with long rallies and well-earned points. It was a match where our team looked like we were enjoying the battles for most of the match. It was more of the same on day 2 as we went to 5 sets. We had more of an up and down match where we made a lot of errors in some sets and were in complete control in others. The 4th set was one of the cleanest sets of the year. Unfortunately, we couldn't hold the momentum into the 5th set as ACC got the better of us in the end. If we can play like we did when we were on this past weekend, we will be a tough team heading into the final stretch of the season.”
The Pilots will celebrate senior night this Friday recognizing seniors, Alex Buhler, Taylor Hiebert and Morgan Thiessen.
Feb. 10 vs Assiniboine Community College Win 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19)
Feb. 11 vs Assiniboine Community College Win 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 22-25, 25-16)
“Men’s volleyball found themselves with a big double win weekend in Brandon with only 1 conference match remaining before playoffs. While not every area of our systems and game plan were as crisp as we would like, we found success on the serve receive and side out game which aided substantially in our results. We look forward to a big week of prep as we head into Senior night this coming Friday.”
The Pilots will celebrate senior night this Friday, recognizing Nate Martin of Niverville.
Feb. 12 vs Canadian Mennonite University Win 6-0
Feb. 12 vs Brandon University Lose 4-5
“I am really happy how this team has been progressing this season. Having already clinched a playoff spot heading into this past weekend, our team's focus was fine tuning our game and getting players lots of time. It was really great getting to play in front of our fans again and we had a blast of a day Sunday. Looking forward to playoffs this weekend.”
The women’s Futsal team will compete in the MCAC Championships beginning this Saturday. The team will start with a semi-final match against the BU Bobcats.
Feb. 12 vs Canadian Mennonite University Lose 3-4
Feb. 12 vs Brandon University Lose 0-10
The team has concluded their regular season play and will not qualify for the MCAC Championships.