NORTH HOLLYWOOD — The Providence High boys basketball team is a group in transition, a team searching for an identity.
That's fine if the calendar reads December.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the month is February, and time just might be running out.
“You can't go into the playoffs, expecting to get a playoff spot, playing bad,” said Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville. “You're supposed to be playing better down the stretch. We're not playing better. You're not supposed to hit these bumps in the road down the stretch.”
The Pioneers fell to Holy Martyrs, 57-42, on Thursday night at Oakwood High. The game was for third place in the Liberty League tournament, with the top three finishers gauntleted a playoff slot. Providence (9-17), which won the league title last season, now must hope for an at-large selection when pairings are released on Sunday.