LINCOLN â€” If Davies plans to win its first regular-season division championship in nine years, then the Patriots are going to have to survive a gauntlet of tough games over these final 10 days.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Patriots passed their first test by winning a tight game with Bishop Keough. Thanks to its strong performances on the boards and on defense, Davies was able to secure a 49-45 victory that gave the hosts their eighth win in their last nine games.
LINCOLN â€” If ever there was a time for St. Raphael Academy to find the wherewithal to overcome adversity and regain momentum, Wednesday night's Division II crossover clash with Lincoln High was it.
The Lions proved to be more-than-gritty foes, forcing the Saints into 18 turnovers and more fouls than head coach Fred Saunders had desired.
In the end, however, senior co-captain Lauren Gaj collected 15 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks while junior swing Becca Gonzalez added another 15 points, 10 boards and three assists as St. Raphael posted a tough 49-37 triumph at the Lions' Den.
CUMBERLAND â€” When the game got down to crunchtime, Tom Lazaras, Ben Bradley and the rest of the Cumberland High squad put on a clinic on how to close games out.
Protecting a 60-54 lead with 3:11 remaining, Cumberland put down the clamps defensively to secure a well-earned 71-57 triumph against Shea High on Tuesday night at Wellness Center. The Raiders had managed to within striking for much of this Division II contest featuring two division leaders. Then came the gameâ€™s most important stretch, which saw the Raiders miss 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and 13-of-14.
PAWTUCKET â€” The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2012 Governorsâ€™ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring â€“ a glittery reminder of what was achieved â€“ with PawSox general manager Lou Schwechheimer, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake. For the purpose of this exercise, we thought it would be appropriate to touch upon several key subject plots that were taken into consideration during the â€śhas a nice ring to itâ€ť process.
PAWTUCKET â€” After watching his team handily win its first nine Division II games of the season by double figures, seven by more than 17 points, St. Raphael Academy head coach Fred Saunders got what he longed to see on Monday night â€“ a competitive, down-to-the-wire duel against a formidable opponent.
But while he got a tight battle in his teamâ€™s crossover game against Johnston, he and his players didnâ€™t get the final result they wanted.
PAWTUCKET â€” The heartfelt initiative of Tolman High baseball coach Theo Murray coupled with the open-arms approach of PawSox president Mike Tamburro has helped lay the groundwork for a special event scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at McCoy Stadium.
A high school baseball game will take place that day with first pitch set for 11:30 a.m. This non-league, seven-inning affair will produce a winner and a defeated party, but the outcome will be a footnote in a symphony composed in fellowship, compassion and healing.
PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael was confronted with a harsh reality following Saturdayâ€™s 55-52 buzzer-beating loss to Bishop Hendricken.
Not only do the Saints have to win out, but they also find themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to rely on other teams in hopes of cracking the Division I tournament. Bids are extended to the top 10 finishers. At the moment, SRAâ€™s 5-10 mark is good for 11th best, meaning hope was not completely lost when Hendrickenâ€™s Kazre Cummings came down and nailed a 3-pointer on the left wing as time expired.
CUMBERLAND â€” It certainly looked as if improved Tolman High, which rolled into Cumberlandâ€™s Wellness Center late Wednesday afternoon with five victories in its previous seven tilts, would make it six-of-eight.
The Tigers also seemed destined to eke out a two- or three-point triumph over the Clippers, but head coach Gary Reedyâ€™s crew had other plans.
PAWTUCKET â€” For a ballclub hoping to be one of the deserving 16 teams in the stateâ€™s Open Tournament at the end of February, Sheaâ€™s been doing its part these days by turning in some excellent basketball.
On Tuesday night, the Raiders put together another splendid outing to sew up their fourth straight victory, this one coming at â€śThe Cageâ€ť against neighboring Division II crossover foe Lincoln.
Junior guard Chris Mainvilleâ€™s contest-high 21 points and nine assists and senior forward Alvin Semedoâ€™s double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds led the way for the Raiders in their 63-48 triumph.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ There's a distinct reason why only a few folks in these parts are paying attention to the success of the Bishop Keough High girls' hoop team: They've been programmed not to care.
Even the school itself, located just up Smithfield Avenue from a cemetery, is miniscule in student population, often graduating between nine and 14 seniors every June. People realize the Keough administration and teaching staff is huge on religion and academics; they also realize they view athletics as extracurricular activities that merely bolster students' resumes for higher education.