Archive - Mar 14, 2011 - Sports Article
The great unknown turned into the great success for boysâ basketball in Rhode Island. Thanks to the countless thrills and memories the all-inclusive state tournament provided, the format of crowning one undisputed champion is likely here to stay.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â âWe stayed at a high level,â deadpanned Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine as his St. Raphael Academy players were hooting and hollering in the adjacent room.
In the same breath Sorrentine, donning a championship hat, added, âYou could never relax.â
That in a nutshell summarizes SRAâs journey back to the top of the Rhode Island high school basketball mountain. The opposition tried its best to rattle the Saints, but when it mattered most, Sorrentineâs crew rose to the occasion.
PORTSMOUTH â Over the past several years, Portsmouth Abbeyâs rink has been a house of horrors for Cumberland High, a building that has been as cold to the Clippers as the frigid temperatures inside its confines.
On Sunday afternoon, the Clippers endured their latest nightmare at the arena, and it resulted in a swift exit from the Division II playoffs.
The third-seeded Clippers dropped the third and deciding game of their best-of-three semifinal-round series to second-seeded Portsmouth High in the form of a 5-3 defeat that wasnât nearly as close as the score indicates.