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PC bows to No. 9 Villanova in double-OT thriller

February 18, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The rematch was far more competitive. The outcome was just as painful for the Providence Friars to swallow.
PC tried its best to throw ninth-ranked Villanova for a loop, but the Wildcats were able to hang on for an 82-79 double-overtime victory on Tuesday night before 12,106 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Ryan Arcidiacono closed out with 21 points, though none were bigger than the layup the Villanova guard converted with 3.6 seconds left in the second extra session.

Crowley: "It's been awesome" coaching King Philip

February 18, 2014

For someone who normally wears blue as the head coach of the Cumberland softball and Burrillville cross country teams – and had sported touches of red during past stints with the Tolman and Cranston West girls’ basketball squads – Marty Crowley found himself having to adjust to green and gold this winter.
But aside from changing his athletic wardrobe, Crowley’s transition to the Massachusetts girls’ basketball scene and the extra competitive Hockomock League as the head coach of King Philip High of Wrentham, Mass. has been a seamless one.

Clippers remain in Division II playoff hunt after fending off Raiders, 60-58

February 15, 2014

PAWTUCKET – In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Friday’s Division II crossover at “The Cage.”

The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion – by calmly making their free throws.

St. Raphael overwhelmed by Smithfield’s shooting, 64-56

February 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy is running out of time when it comes to making the playoffs.

Needing to spring an upset victory over visiting Smithfield on Tuesday night, the Saints fell victim to a dazzling shooting display by the Sentinels, who hit eight three-point field goals in the first half en route to a decisive 64-56 victory.

The Saints got 25 points from Alcino Aviles-Soares, who was no match for the balanced offensive talents of a youthful Smithfield squad that improved to 11-3 in Division I-North with the victory.

McGair: Threats of eliminating high school sports have become tiresome

February 11, 2014

It almost never fails.

Every now again, the budgetary scalpel cuts off funding for sports at the middle school and high school levels.

Naturally, such slicing prompts strong reaction from everyone in town – concerned parents to coaches to the real victims affected by this slashing of essential monetary support, the adolescent student-athletes.

Crusaders ground Warriors on hardwood

February 11, 2014

Sports editor emeritus

CENTRAL FALLS – The Prout School didn’t back off from the challenge of playing a tough road game against Central Falls on Monday night.

The Crusaders came into the game with a 9-2 record in Division II-South. Central Falls stood on top of the North with a 9-3 record following Friday night’s 73-68 victory over Tolman. The Warriors hoped to continue their momentum against the disciplined visitors.

SRA alumnus, L.A. Angels catcher Iannetta reflects on pro baseball ride to date

February 9, 2014

WARWICK — Twenty years ago, Tom Hanks’ silver-screen portrayal of the slow-witted Forrest Gump earned the acclaimed actor an Academy Award and a huge payday. The 1994 release is remembered for the lead character’s array of quirky and quick-to-the-point quotes, some of which still hold merit today.

SRA basketball team goes the distance with first-place La Salle before dropping 64-61 decision

February 9, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Playing a rare Saturday afternoon home game, St. Raphael Academy pushed first-place La Salle Academy to the limit before the Rams’ superiority finally manifested itself in the final minute.
The Saints, who had a chance to tie the game with 25 seconds left, came up short in the end, 64-61, as the Rams made their final six points from the free throw line.

Soares comes through late for Central Falls in 73-68 victory over Tolman

February 7, 2014

Sports editor emeritus

CENTRAL FALLS — In a pulsating finish to a great high school basketball game, Julian Soares netted the final 13 Central Falls points while carrying the Warriors to a 73-68 victory over Tolman on Friday evening.

Soares, who finished with a game-high 27 points, matched big plays with Tolman’s stellar shooting guard Steve Otis. The senior hit a trio of three-pointers in the final three minutes as the Tigers roared back from a 48-35 deficit to take a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds left when Otis swished a three from the top of the key.

Otis finished with 25 points.

Cumberland’s Fine makes it official, will join father at Bryant

February 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND — The opportunity for a father to coach his son in a college setting does not come around very often.

For Cumberland High senior Joe Fine, you can officially swap out “opportunity” and replace it with “reality.”
Beginning this fall, there will be two Fines on the football sideline occupied by Bryant University. Head coach Marty Fine listed son Joe as part of the program’s latest recruiting effort on Wednesday. The Bulldogs’ 22-player class includes players from 10 different states with 11 being from New England.

 

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