Pirates Split Back-to-Back Homestand
Published on 2.14.22
The #24 Providence Pirates hosted games on consecutive days on their way to two victories. The Pirates played the #17 Herkimer Originals on Saturday followed by the New Jersey Knights on Sunday. Providence rolled out the same starting lineup both days and cruised to two smooth victories. The Originals were upset 97-79 and the Knights were handled 116-101.
What Happened Saturday -
The Pirates were led by 7-footer Kevin Briggs on Saturday behind his monstrous performance that led to his Player of the Game nod. Briggs scored 22 points and grabbed a season high 25 rebounds. Briggs also blocked 7 shots as the Pirates sailed past the Originals. Briggs fueled his team that was otherwise struggling a bit. The team's leading scorers, Tom Garrick Jr. and Shane DaRosa, never quite found their footing in this one. Nevertheless their off-ball presence and ability to be playmakers showed as they created open looks for other players; most notably, Briggs, Luis Agrait, and Isaac Medeiros-Belovitch. The slow start from the starters made this matchup closer that it otherwise would have been, but the Pirates got hot late despite being down at halftime and led by 20-plus points throughout the fourth. Providence finally ended it in a final of 97-79 as they bested the number 17 team in the nation.
What Happened Sunday -
Providence played this game in their usual practice facility at the YMCA in Lincoln, RI. The small venue did not deter Pirates fans from showing up and allowed the players to feel the energy even more. The Pirates opened the game on a large run that truly never went away. The Knights never stopped clawing at the lead despite the Pirates holding firm for a strong lead for the entirety of the game. The Pirates' hot start is a credit to the game point guard Luis Agrait had himself Sunday afternoon. Agrait hit four three pointers in the first quarter and he had the Pirates bench on their feet. The energy from Agrait's spurt led to a large Pirates lead and a firm 116-101 victory. The Pirates now stand 9-2 and firmly among the best in the nation.
Turning Points -
The turning points of these two games were red hot runs. The Pirates got hot in the fourth quarter Saturday and used that to cruise to a 18 point victory. Sunday, the Pirates were on fire from three in the first quarter and never looked back.
Box Score vs Originals
Box Score vs Knights
What's Next -
The Pirates are hosting the Bennington Martens next Saturday, January 30th. Get your tickets!