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Providence basketball takes down Flintridge Prep

Basketball: Pioneers snap losing skid at expense of Rebels, 57-48.

January 08, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Providence High's Josias Parker drives and shoots against Flintridge Prep's Miles Johnson in a nonleague basketball game at Flintridge Prep on Tuesday. The Pioneers won, 57-48. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Providence High's Josias Parker drives and shoots…

LA CAÑADA —With intensity and hustle on their side, the Providence High boys’ basketball team pushed closer to the .500 mark this season at the expense of host Flintridge Prep, which fell further away from that standard Wednesday evening.

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The visiting Pioneers also snapped a three-game losing streak before the start of Liberty League play en route to a 57-48 victory in nonleague action at the Crawford Family Gymnasium.

“A big part of our success has come from and will have to continue to come from our extra energy and extra effort,” Providence first-year Coach Chris Madigan said. “If you look at our team, we’re definitely not the biggest or most athletic group out there.

“In fact, we need to do everything right to help ourselves out and that’s what we did tonight.”

The Pioneers (4-5), who open league action at Holy Martyrs Armenian on Saturday, boasted three players in double figures, led by senior guard Josias Parker, who paced all players with 21 points.

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Providence led on a few occasions by as many as 16 points before the Rebels (3-9) made a late surge and pulled with 51-44 with 2:24 remaining on a rare four-point play from sophomore Andrew Tsangeos (10 points and six rebounds).

The Rebels forward drilled a straightaway three-pointer, was fouled on his follow through by Pioneers sophomore guard Brian Cabagnot (nine points and six steals), and then hit his subsequent free throw.

To make matters more interesting, the free throw was followed by consecutive quick misses from Providence on its next two possessions, as the Pioneers took back-to-back jumpers within the first 15 seconds of the shot clock.

Fortunately for Providence, Flintridge Prep did not take advantage, instead committing two consecutive turnovers on its following two offensive series.

With a little more than a minute left, the Rebels began to foul the Pioneers in attempt to force a one-on-one bonus.

After four consecutive fouls from the Rebels, Pioneers senior guard John Li (12 points) was eventually awarded two free throws with 59.6 seconds left and drained both of his attempts to put Providence ahead, 53-44.

Flintridge Prep’s last chance to get back into the game may have been given away when Parker stole possession at half-court and coasted the other way for an unabated layup with 38.5 seconds left that gave the Pioneers an 11-point lead and sealed the game.

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