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PAWTUCKET â€” Davies Tech baffled Shea High with its matchup zone defense on Wednesday evening en route to a 32-25 victory over the Raiders in a Division III quarterfinal-round playoff contest.
The Patriots trailed 16-10 at halftime, then went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-18 lead with 3:58 left in the game. Sheaâ€™s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.
â€śUnbelievable defense,â€ť Davies coach Gerry Suggs exclaimed after the game. â€śWe fought and scrapped. Iâ€™m an Old School coach who uses the matchup zone that Joe Mullaney and Dave Gavitt used when they coached at Providence College a long time ago. Itâ€™s a confusing defense for an offense to try and figure out.â€ť
Davies got a break to start the second half when a Shea player got nailed for a technical foul just 18 seconds into the period. DyAnn Cardona made both free throws to get the Patriots off to a good start. Davies also retained possession, thanks to the technical, and Cardona converted a layup to make it 16-14 just 28 seconds into the second half.
Jessika Morales then gave Davies the lead with a three-point basket. Shea went ahead on free throws by Adelsandra Lopes and Kayla Davis before the Patriots went on an 8-0 run that gave them control of the game.
Shea climbed to within 27-23 on a three-pointer by Marissa Moniz with 2:42 left in the game but Cardona made two free throws to restore some breathing room. Liz Arruda made it 31-23 with 48 seconds left to seal the victory, which sends Davies into the D-III semifinals at 8 p.m. on Monday night against Middletown.
â€śWe played them close in the first game and then they blew us out last week,â€ť Suggs said.
Arruda led Davies with 11 points and Cardona added 10. Davies finished 9-9 during the regular season but split its two games with the 12-6 Raiders.
Moniz paced Shea with 11 points.