Photo Credit: John Davis
By Adam White
This past weekend the Presentation College Men’s Basketball team took on the Providence Pilots from Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada. The two teams played games on back to back nights.
The Saints started Friday’s game off somewhat slow. They are normally an up-tempo team and try to push the ball in transition, but a few minutes into the game, the Pilots were keeping pace with Presentation.
To switch things up, the Saints went with an entire line change. This lineup change gave the offense the spark it needed. The Saints roared to life on the offensive end. They began to find themselves in transition and were able to complete easy layups. Their lead ballooned to 27-15 advantage.
Providence wasn’t done, as they lit up the scoreboard from beyond the arc. But even with all their shots falling, they quickly fell behind on the scoreboard. The Saints simply had too many weapons offensively. Presentation was too fast in the open court and quickly gained a large advantage in the first half. The score was 66-44 at the half, Presentation leading.
The Saints were locked in for the start of the second half. The entire team was seemingly scoring at will. They poured it on and stepped up their defense. The Pilots weren’t finished yet as they continued to hit 3’s at an alarming rate.
All those shots wouldn’t be enough though. Presentation added to the score right until their last possession of the game. Antwan Johnson would add a 3 pointer for PC to cap off the night.
Final: Presentation College 136 – 81 Providence University
The Saints had a very rounded scoring attack this night. 8 players were in double digits for Presentation and three more just missed the mark. Elijah Coleman came off the bench to be the Saints leading scorer with 21. Jalonni McCorvey added 16 and Antwan Johnson added 13 off the bench.
The Saints had 50 rebounds on the night led by Quadre Lollis, who had 9. Mychael Deas and Vincent Eugene added 7 apiece. Eugene also led the Saints in assists and steals with 8 and 5, respectively.
As a team Presentation shot 62.4% from the floor and 41.2% from beyond the arc. One downside to for the Saints is they shot only 65% from the free-throw line.
The very next night the Saints and Pilots were back at it. From the tip, this game had an entirely different feel. The Saints starters were locked in. They didn’t want to have the second unit outplay them again. Within the first 5 minutes, Presentation held a 16-point lead.
The Saints didn’t slow down either. They stayed on the attack, pouring in bucket after bucket. The Pilots were able to find their own rhythm eventually. They were able to hold the Saints to a 59 – 32 advantage at the half.
Presentation showed no signs of slowing down during the second half. They quickly pushed their lead to 40. Providence was giving it all they had, but the Saints proved to be too much. The final score was 125-70, a commanding win for Presentation College.
Ange-Michel Kuo led the way for the Saints in the scoring department. Kuo went a perfect 12 for 12 from the floor and 1 for 1 from the line for his game high 25 points. He was followed closely by Elijah Coleman and Mychal Deas who scored 22 and 21 respectively. Deas led the Saints with 7 assists as well.
Vincent Eugene was the leading rebounder for Presentation pulling down 13. Eight of which were offensive rebounds. Vincent also chipped in 17 points and 6 assists.