#12 Pirates Mount Huge Comeback, Advance to 11-2
Published on 2.7.22
The Providence Pirates traveled to Utica, New York on Sunday, February 6, 2022 to face off against the Herkimer Originals for the second time this year. Providence came out on top against one of the Northeast's best despite trailing by as much as 22 points in the third quarter. The Pirates clawed their way back to a 109-108 victory.
What Happened -
In what was Providence's truest showing of grit yet the Pirates played from behind before squeaking out a one point win in the final minute. The Pirates started the game on an 11-4 run and things were looking up. Herkimer pulled the rug out from under the Pirates and took the lead until there was three minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Pirates trailed by 19 at halftime and needed a change. Coach Mark Gaffney made some much needed defensive adjustments, including implementing a full court press, that cut the lead to 11 by the end of the third and eventually led to a one point victory. This victory was sealed by a game-clinching block by center Kevin Briggs who had himself a game with 17 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 blocks. Briggs was awarded co-Player of the Game with forward tom Garrick Jr. who scored 39 points while adding nine rebounds and four assists. The Pirates received a major lift from reserve Isaac Medeiros-Belovitch who made crucial plays in the fourth and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Shane DaRosa had a stellar game with 22 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Lastly, Armani Baker had an impressive 15 rebounds to go with his 10 points. This was an all around team effort for the Pirates as every player needed to contribute in their role to mount the unlikely comeback that they did. The #12 Pirates have a chance at cracking the top 10 for next weekends rematches against Garden State and Worcester.
Turning Point -
The turning point of this game came in the second half after the coaching staff had made some defensive adjustments at halftime. Garrick Jr. said postgame that coach had told him to focus on getting to the rim after he only had 11 points in the first half. All of these adjustments came to pay off as Garrick Jr. saw 39 points by the end of the night and the Pirates climbed back.
What's Next -
The Pirates face another back-to-back homestand this upcoming weekend as they host the Garden State Warriors on Saturday the 12th at the West Warwick Civic Center in a heated rematch from December 18th, 2021 in which the shorthanded Pirates lost in New Jersey. Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee will be in attendance! Then, on Super Bowl Sunday, the Pirates will host the Worcester Majors once again at MacColl YMCA in Lincoln, RI. Get your tickets!