Pilots Sweep Wahpeton in Dominant Weekend Series Wins

Monday, January 15, 2024

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(NIVERVILLE) - Back to back home court wins over the Sisseton Wahpeton Mustangs on Friday and Saturday helped Providence improve to 3-1 in the NIAC Wiomne's Basketball standings this weekend.

Amver Navarro (Calgary, AB) and Adrian Alley (Wasilla, AK) helped the Pilots take off immediately hitting on consecutive threes and lifting the hosts to a 24-17 lead at the end of one quarter. True to form, the second quarter was marked by a huge run of points by each team. After an 11-0 run from Sisseton Wahpeton saw the visitors push ahead on the scoreboard to start the period, Providence continued to push the tempo and took back control of the game. The Pilots would rebound with a 20-point run of their own and lead 51-35 at the half.

Alley would end the night with a team-high 17 points behind 7-for-17 from the field and not far behind was Navarro, who finished with 14 points and shot 40% from 3-point range. The Pilots would make good on 16 baskets from distance; their second-highest total in program history.

With everything going in their favor, Providence led 81-45 after three quarters and went on to win the game 99-56. Claire Grislis (Winnipeg, MB) would end the contest with 15 points and 8 rebounds while Anna Cushon (Saskatoon, SK) led the Pilots with 10 boards.

Saturday's game saw another strong effort with Alley continuing to find her scoring legs in NIAC basketball. The rookie guard established a new career high in points-scored with 23, hitting on 5-of-11 from the 3-point line while adding 8 rebounds in a 84-50 win. Kishi Rioferio (Estevan, SK) chipped in 14 more for the hosts.

With a successful return to the court, the Pilots will look ahead to their next NIAC challenge. Providence hosts the Trinity Lions who are coming off two narrow defeats at the hands of the CMU Blazers this weekend and will make a second trip across the border for competitions on consecutive weekends.   

Author - Athletics