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NORTH PROVIDENCE â A horrendous start to the second half doomed Tolman High on Friday night.
North Providenceâs fast-breaking attack seized control of the Division II opener for both sides thanks to rattling off 14 straight points to begin the second stanza. The surge paid off handsomely for the host Cougars, who would go on to win by a 64-54 count.
Tolman junior Juan Velez led all scorers with 23 points while classmate Jonathan Percy ruled down low with 17 points. The scoring dropped off considerably as the next high man for the Tigers was Mamour Samb, who finished with eight points.
WARWICK â With his own special and unique brand of tough love, Ed Cooley consistently relays to suspended forward Kadeem Batts that he let the entire Providence College basketball program down.
âI let him know about it every single day by saying âThanks Kadeem, thanks,ââ said the PC coach on Thursday at the Radisson Hotel, site of the first Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Luncheon of the season. âWe donât hide anything.â
Hereâs a look at the early state of affairs in hockeyâs three divisions âŠ
For most teams, a 1-2 start to a season usually doesnât mean much. For Mount St. Charles fans, MSCâs 1-2 start has some of them reaching for the panic button, especially since the four-time defending champions havenât began a Division I campaign with that mark since the mid-1970s.
Of course, two of their defeats have come to La Salle, which so far, looks like the team to beat. The Rams are 4-0, have outscored their opponents 27-4, and boast the divisionâs top three scorers.
âEveryone has to be ready. Everyone is in the same boat.â
Those words, echoed by East Providence head coach Alex Butler, shall serve as the equivalent to ringing the opening bell on Wall Street. Tonight will see the curtain raised on league play, which with the expansion of the open tournament and the doing away (at least for this season) of the division tournaments, has taken on even greater emphasis.
PAWTUCKET â Short jumpers, three-pointers, lay-ups. It didnât matter. No matter what North Smithfield tossed up in its Division III matchup with host Shea on Tuesday night, nothing seemed to fall.
When you are inside the small and always-boisterous confines of âThe Cageâ against a Raider defense that always seems to play their opponents tough, victories are hard to come by when youâre having an off-night from the field.
Chris Iannettaâs âGet Out of Jail Freeâ card arrived two weeks ago when the St. Raphael Academy alumnus was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels to be their everyday catcher.
Relocating from the Rocky Mountains that adorn Colorado to sun-splashed Southern California has already reaped one major benefit for the 28-year-old. Keep in mind that Iannetta has yet to suit up for his new manager, but that didnât stop Mike Scioscia from lavishing praise upon his new catcher during last weekâs winter meetings.
PROVIDENCE â The wins havenât exactly come against Murderersâ Row. Certainly thatâs food for thought with the Providence Friars in the midst of a 10-day exam period, Ed Cooleyâs first PC team standing at 9-2.
PAWTUCKET â Sure, tournament bragging rights were on the line when Tolman and Shea met Saturday night in the finals of the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tip-Off Tournament, which is designed to pay homage to the memory of the longtime Tolman High teacher and coach. Itâs just that thereâs a whole other realm to take into account.
PAWTUCKET â For St. Raphael Academy, Saturdayâs game against Providence Country Day was merely a matter of surviving.
Playing for the third time in as many days, the Saints did just enough to squeeze out an 81-73 victory in the championship game of the Dennis M. Lynch Jr. Memorial Tournament.
Junior Charles Correa stole the show at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club on his way to earning tourney MVP honors, registering a game-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and five rebounds.
WARWICK â Tolman High took care of business on Saturday night, scoring early and often en route to an 8-0 victory over Warwick Veterans.
The Tigers struck just 14 seconds into the game when Ryan Pedro converted a pass from Ed Reall for a 1-0 lead. Kody Casavant then scored the next game less than one minute later. Ryan Deighan and Reall added goals to give Tolman a 4-0 lead after one period.
CENTRAL FALLS â There were a fair share of turnovers and some sloppy play by both teams, something thatâs common for the first game of the season.
But after 32 minutes of basketball in Fridayâs non-leaguer between North Smithfield and host Central Fall, both coaches were satisfied with the effort â one that equated to a 45-34 victory in the Warriorsâ favor.
âI was very impressed, very impressed with the girlsâ energy,â said first-year coach Jayar Santos, who replaces longtime Warrior mentor Joe Handy.
CUMBERLAND â With a starting lineup comprised entirely of juniors, Cumberland head coach Gary Reedy believes that positive things are in store for his squad this winter.
The first step in the right direction took place Friday night with Cumberland disposing of Johnston, 69-60, in an Injury Fund non-league contest at the Wellness Center. Ben Bradley, one of those aforementioned 11th graders, led all scorers with 24 points while also contributing six rebounds and three steals.
PAWTUCKET â Defending state champion St. Raphael Academy toyed with Central Falls in the opening game of the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament on Thursday night, rolling to a 72-38 victory as the Saintsâ 1-2 punch of Cesar Mejia (22 points) and Charles Correa (16 points) equaled the Warriorsâ final scoring total all by themselves.
âWe have a lot of kinks to work out,â SRA coach Tom Sorrentine admitted after the game ended. âBut we do have our 1-2 punch back. Davon Robertson is our third returning starter. We have to fill in the other spots.â
PAWTUCKET â It will be Tolman and Shea battling for the Donaldson Memorial Tournament championship on Saturday night.
The host Tigers got 35 points from junior guard Juan Velez en route to a 77-51 romp over East Greenwich in the nightcap on Thursday evening.
Shea had earlier posted a 58-50 victory over Toll Gate. Jordy Brito led the Raiders with 22 points, five assists and five steals.
Shea had to battle all night against a tough opponent. The Raiders led 22-20 at halftime and held off the Titans with a strong defensive effort.
PAWTUCKET â Donât get Ray McGee started when it comes to ice hockey in this city.
For many high school boysâ basketball teams, Thursday marks the beginning of a new season â a clean slate for all involved parties with role players looking to blossom into stars, and stars seeking to take their team to the next level.
In the case of defending state champion St. Raphael Academy, maintaining the status quo will do just fine. The dawn of a fresh campaign also signifies the arrival of two Pawtucket-based high school tournaments geared towards preserving the memories of a pair of legendary city coaches.
NORTHFIELD, Vt. â Lincoln High alum Anthony Joyce has earned a starting job at heavyweight for the Norwich University wrestling program.
Joyce finished fourth last weekend in the Rochester Institute of Technology tournament to continue a strong start to his sophomore season.
âI have a 14-10 record so far,â Joyce admitted over the phone on Monday night. âIâm a more well-rounded wrestler now than I was in high school. I hurt my hand in football in my freshman year of college and this year I decided to just focus on wrestling.â
PROVIDENCE â Every coach has his or her own way to get the team ready. For Ed Cooley, that means leaving no stone unturned.
Following Providenceâs 80-49 runaway performance against an overmatched Brown team on Monday night, Cooley took the media inside the preparation his team goes through leading up to tip-off time. Focusing on the opponentâs tendencies is one area thatâs obviously stressed â PC was going up against a Brown squad that prefers to play at a much slower tempo â yet thereâs a little thing called self-scouting that Cooley believes is just as vital to the cause.
Two years ago, a very-loaded Woonsocket High squad captured the Division I title just a year after doing the same in Div. II.
Consistently, though, it's been teams like La Salle Academy and Bay View that have ruled the state's top division for the simple reason that talented athletes often gravitate to the powerhouse parochial schools. Since the 2001-02 season, the defending champion Rams have won seven state crowns. The Bengals have only claimed one title but have been in three other finals during that 10-year span.
CRANSTON â Just like it has done throughout the season, fourth-seeded Central Falls showed plenty of heart in its Division IV Super Bowl contest with defending champion Mount Pleasant Sunday afternoon.
But spurred by a couple of big plays that they were able to turn into a pair of touchdowns, it was the second-seeded Kilties who were able to walk out off the field with their second straight title, courtesy of a 22-13 win in front of about 400 at Cranston Stadium.