The home town crowd was treated to a thrilled in the night cap as the #2 seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots won 64-54 over the #3 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in the 2022 MCAC Men’s Basketball semi-final.
The host PUC are playing on the friendly court at Niverville Community Resource & Recreation Centre in Niverville, MB and now advance to play #1 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in the Championship Final on Friday, March 4.
This semi final game was a nail-biter throughout as both teams could not break away from each other for most of the contest. PUC’s Player of the Game Joshua Armstrong sealed the deal with a three with just under a minute left to salt away the victory.
“We have faced adversary all season and we found a way to win in the end,” stated Armstrong who netted a team-high 19 points along with ten rebounds for a double-double.
PUC (5-6 in regular season) had a rough week with a couple players and coaches facing COVID challenges and not a great round of practice before the semis.
PUC’s head coach Pierre Dubreuil commented, “We were a bit rusty with not the best practices and knew this was going to be a tough team to play. Our team showed up and played some great D to get the win.”
USB’s Player of the Game was Michael Lawal who notched a game-high 21 points along with four boards in the loss. Speaking off losses, Joshua Nwachukwu went down with four minutes left and seemed to stop some of the momentum of Les Rouges (2-9 in regular season).
USB’s head coach Christian Mouné stated after the semis, “Frustrating. I feel we were right there but as a first year team, we got a feel of the competition needed to compete but I am proud of the whole team’s effort.”
Riley Paul added 17 points for the victors while Ade Orogun also had seven points and seven rebounds for USB.
2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship in Niverville, MB
Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time)
8 p.m. Semi-Final: #2 PUC Pilots 64 #3 USB Les Rouges 54
Friday, March 4
8 p.m. Men’s Basketball Championship Final – #1 CMU Blazers vs. #2 PUC Pilots