PAWTUCKET â€“ St. Raphael Academyâ€™s Diandra DaRosa may have been the top talent on the floor Tuesday night, but East Providence High proved that team play wins out every time.
Paced by a monster effort by Michaela Wiggins, the Townies held on to defeat the Saints, 55-49, at the Wellness Center. Wiggins, a senior, finished with a game-best 24 points and 22 rebounds, a performance that helped offset the 23 points DaRosa scored for SRA. Shania Connor aided E..P.â€™s cause with 14 points and eight rebounds.
LINCOLN â€“ It was all Lincoln High all the time on Monday night at the Lionsâ€™ Den.
Lincoln seized control midway through the first half and never looked back in an eventual 56-41 triumph over Shea in the Division II opener for both schools. The Lions closed the opening half on a game-turning 20-4 run that saw Kent Crooksâ€™ team go from down 12-7 to up 27-16 at recess.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Jim Hoyt, the CEO of the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club, has a vision of taking the two existing preseason boysâ€™ basketball tournaments in the city â€“ the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament and the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament â€“ and combining the tradition each one represents. The end result would be an all-inclusive tournament that would serve as the perfect wet-your-whistle appetizer for league play.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Since the Big East expanded to 16 teams in 2005, taking home Player of the Week kudos has been an honor normally doled out to All-American candidates/NBA prospects. With that in mind, itâ€™s not every day a Providence College player is bestowed with the conferenceâ€™s top weekly award.
Monday saw the Big East lavish Player of the Week praise upon PC senior Marshon Brooks. The swingman averaged 31.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games last week, leading the Friars to a 2-1 mark.
High school football and basketball seasons tend to blend together these days. Super Bowl games are contested in early December while basketball teams practice without a few key players, waiting for point guards and forwards to put down the pigskin and pick up the roundball.
When Woonsocket and St. Raphael Academy met in the Dennis M. Lynch Memorial Tournament championship game on Saturday night, several football players from each school were trying to shake off the rust and get into the flow of their winter sport.
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s very good to be Marshon Brooks these days.
To the Providence College senior, the basket must seem as large and as inviting as Narragansett Bay on a summerâ€™s day. The prodigious scoring outputs are quickly becoming a regular feature, as Saturday saw Brooks once again torch the strings with great frequency.
PAWTUCKET â€” Tolman and Shea put on quite a show for the fans on Friday night during the championship game of the James W. Donaldson Memorial Tournament.
The Tigers and Raiders went toe-to-toe in the second half as Shea rallied to take a 44-43 lead with 1:42 left in the game. Tolman responded with a pair of steals that iced a 48-45 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It will be two former division rivals squaring off for Lynch Memorial Tournament supremacy come Saturday night.
Woonsocket fought back from a 48-42 deficit with less than three minutes remaining to post a 53-48 triumph over defending champion Central Falls Thursday night in opening round action at the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club. Woonsocket will now take on St. Raphael, which ran past Providence Country Day, 71-45.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It wouldnâ€™t have felt the same had Tolman not been playing Shea in the championship of the Donaldson Memorial Tournament. Before such a scenario could be crystalized, Tolman had to get past Pilgrim in Thursdayâ€™s opening round.
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If you want to scare the daylights out of a Yankees fan, mention that A.J. Burnett might have a few problems dealing with Bostonâ€™s revised 2011 batting order. Now that the Red Sox have added lefty hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup, sidearming right-handers like Burnett will be in big trouble against the Sox, who already have J.D. Drew and David Ortiz around as legitimate lefty power hitters.