Shorthanded Pirates Fall on the Road to #16 ranked Garden State Warriors, 127-104
Published on 12.19.21

The Providence Pirates traveled to East Orange, New Jersey on Saturday, December 18, 2021. The Pirates, ranked number 23 in the country, took to the road for a tough matchup with the number 16 team in the country, the Garden State Warriors. This was a showdown of two of the Northeast's best.

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What Happened -

Once again, the Pirates entered this matchup without some key players. Starters Tom Garrick Jr. and Michael Mendes once again did not suit up for the Pirates. Additionally, 6th man and last weekend's player of the game Michael Rodriguez also did not play. The Pirates suited up with who they did have, however, and took to the opposing team's floor. The Warriors got out to a fast paced and aggressive start. They fed off of each other's energy and complied countless offensive rebounds throughout the first half. The Pirates had a hard time answering and fell being by 30-plus points in the first half. Beginning of the third quarter the Pirates shots still were not falling, but something clicked towards the closing few minutes of the third quarter and the Pirates started their come back. The Pirates outscored the Warriors 45-21 and showed a glimpse of the team that they can be. Shots began to fall and defensive stops piled up as there was a huge momentum swing but not enough time to complete the comeback. The Pirates lose in a final score of 127-104.

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Turning Point - 
 
The turning point of this game came early in the first half when the Pirates were unable to come down with any rebounds and second chance opportunities allowed Garden State to jump out to an early and insurmountable lead.

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What's Next - 

Although the Pirates have dropped two straight, they have a few weeks of practice to get things back on track before they host the Worcester Majors on January 8, 2022. Get your tickets and come see us!