Abbotsford’s Mark Destura has signed with the Providence Pilots. (Providence Pilots photo)

Abbotsford’s Mark Destura signs with Providence Pilots

2020 Abbotsford Senior Secondary School grad heading to Manitoba school

Abbotsford’s Mark Destura is taking his talents to Manitoba.

The 2020 Abbotsford Senior Secondary School grad has inked a deal with the Otterburne, Man.-based Providence Pilots.

The Pilots play in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association. The B.C. equivalent to the CCAA is the Pacwest.

“I am very excited to be joining the Pilots next school year, because I can continue pursuing my basketball career as well as continuing my academic education,” Destura stated to the Pilots website. “I am very thankful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to growing with my teammates and coaches on and off the court.”

Destura will be studying business at the school.

Jonathan Thompson, Destura’s coach and Providence alumni, said he thinks the Abbotsford product should fit in well with the Pilots.

“I first met Mark when I was playing in the local Rec Center in Abbotsford last year,” he stated. “His skills immediately stood out. I noticed his speed, his court awareness and his ability to breakdown defenders with ease. Fast forward about a month, Mark contacted me about his interest in training. From my first session with Mark, I immediately knew that he had the potential to play at the college level. We started training in October 2019, which was seven months ago. From then to now has been a noticeable growth not only in his skills but also his mindset. The combination of his speed/quickness and court awareness makes him a tremendous talent.”

Thompson said he recommended Destura to Pilots head coach Pierre Dubreuil and he should be an asset to the school both on and off the court.

Destura and the Panthers posted a perfect 12-0 record in the Eastern Valley Athletic Association’s 4A senior boys regular season. The club went on to capture the EVAA championship banner. The Panthers advanced to the 4A provincials and advanced to the quarter-finals before being eliminated. The club finished eighth overall in the province.

RELATED: Abbotsford Panthers win EVAA title

Destura joins a Pilots team that finished 6-8 in the 2019-20 MCAC season and fell in the semifinals.

basketball

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Imagination Library Fraser Valley celebrating Christmas in July

Dolly Parton early literacy intiative looking for financial support to help with waitlist

MS Bike fundraiser goes virtual in midst of pandemic

Fraser Valley event in Abbotsford and Langley among those usually held every year

PHOTOS: Readers are proud of their cats

Abbotsford News asked people to share photos of their feline friends as part of National Kitten Day

Abbotsford musician Liam Pasiciel releases fourth album

Plant of Creation is entirely instrumental and moves beyond his ‘metal’ roots

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

VIDEO: Vancouver Island cat missing 18 months reunited with family

Blue the cat found at Victoria museum 17 kilometres from home

VIDEO: Alberta man rescues baby eagle believed to be drowning in East Kootenay lake

Brett Bacon was boating on a lake in Windermere when he spotted the baby eagle struggling in the water

Police nab three impaired drivers in one night in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP served 80 impaired driving infractions in June

Conservationists raise concerns over state of care for grizzly cubs transferred to B.C. zoo

‘Let them be assessed now before their fate is sealed,’ urges B.C. conservationist Barb Murray

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

Lower Mainland YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read