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Hoop roundup: Tolman and CF win, Shea loses

February 12, 2011

Rodney Bustillo and his Tolman High teammates improved their league record to 10-7 win an easy win over Lincoln on Friday night.

PAWTUCKET – After a close first half with Division II-North rival Lincoln High on Friday night, Tolman after the break and cruised to a 64-37 win on Senior Night at the Donaldson Gymnasium.
The Tigers held a scant 23-21 lead over the Lions at halftime. Spurred by a strong bench and senior teammates Eli Wiggins and Jeremy Graca, Tolman essentially put the game out of reach by opening the latter half with a dominating 22-6 run.
“It was a great team effort,” said Tiger coach Mike Kayata, whose squad improved to 10-7 in the league, tying Shea for second place with one game left to play in the regular season.
Wiggins finished the night with a game-best 28 points. Graca scored nine points, but also had six assists, three steals and 10 rebounds.
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LINCOLN (37) – Brendan Reddington 5 1-2 11, Matt Sorkin 2 1-2 5, Matt Lague 2 0-0 4, Ryan Musket 3 2-2 9, Mike Akanji 2 0-0 4, Josh Trenger 1 0-0 2, Andrew Vega 1 0-0 2, Andrew Juckett 0 0-2 0. Totals – 16 4-8 37
TOLMAN (64) – Troy Sawyer 3 0-0 7, Rodney Bastillo 3 2-2 8, Kevin Coughlin 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Graca 4 1-3 9, Eli Wiggins 10 8-10 28, Juan Velez 0 0-0 0, Alioune Cissoko 2 0-1 4, Roberto Contreas 3 0-0 6. Totals – 26 11-15 64
Halftime – T, 23-21. 3-point goals – L (1): Musket. T (1): Sawyer. JV – L, 53-51.

Cougars gun down Raiders
NORTH PROVIDENCE – The last time Shea and North Providence squared off, the Raiders ran their way to a 94-92 victory.
The first-place Cougars apparently have a long memory. On Friday night, North Providence raced out to an incredible 55-32 lead by halftime en route to an 82-60 victory over the Raiders.
N.P. improved to 14-3 in Division II-Central. Shea fell to 10-7 heading into Monday’s regular season finale at home against Central Falls.
Eli Itkin led the Raiders with 19 points and Austin Silva tossed in 17. Mike Ferrante paced N.P. with 26 points.
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SHEA (60) – Austin Silva 6 5-8 17, Malik Moody 3 0-0 9, Zach DePina 4 1-2 9, Eli Itkin 8 2-3 19, Malcolm Rosa 0 0-0 0, Harel Monteiro 2 0-0 4, Christian Malave 1 0-2 2; totals 24 8-16 60.
NORTH PROVIDENCE (82) – Dillon McCluskie 3 0-0 9, Domenick Coro 3 1-2 8, Greg Conroy 2 1-2 5, Mike Ferrante 11 3-3 26, Austin Van Bemmelen 5 2-3 12, Mike Corin 5 0-0 10, Jake DiDomenico 5 0-0 10, Marcel Pettway 1 0-0 2, totals 35 7-12 82.
Halftime: N.P., 55-32.
Three-point field goals: Shea (4) – Moody 1, Itkin 1. NP (5) – McCluskie 3, Coro 1, Ferrante 1.

Johnston jolts Northmen
NORTH SMITHFIELD -- The Northmen picked a bad night to play Division III leader Johnston.
The Panthers lost their first league game of the season on Thursday night against East Greenwich. They wasted no time jumping ahead of North Smithfield on Friday night, taking a 36-24 halftime lead en route to a 76-53 victory.
Sean Keeley led the Northmen with 17 points. N.S. finished with a 10-8 record in Division III-North. Johnston ruled the division with a 15-1 record.
North Smithfield will qualify for next week’s playoffs as either the sixth or seventh seed in the 10-team Division III field. If it gets the sixth seed, there’s a bye in store for next Friday’s first round.
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JOHNSTON (76) -- David Bubar 3 3-4 10, Brett Simas 6 0-1 12, MacKenzie Robbins 1 0-0 2, Chris Fagbote 5 2-2 13, Chris Pistachio 0 1-2 1, Steve Simone 2 0-0 4, Tony Parente 1 0-0 2, Brian Anderson 5 2-2 14, Isaac Medeiros 7 1-5 15, Sam Briggs 1 0-0 3; totals 31 9-16 76.
NORTH SMITHFIELD (53) -- Nate Lussier 3 2-3 8, Jake Walkow 0 0-0 0, Carlos Guzman 2 0-0 6, Walker Strick 4 0-0 8, Sean Kelley 5 5-9 17, Jason Gormley 1 1-2 3, Matt Walkow 1 2-3 4, Kevin Woodworth 2 1-2 5, Corey Lefebvre 0 0-0 , Peter Mancini 1 0-2 2, Peter Keenan 0 0-0 0; totals 19 11-21 53.
Halftime: Johnston, 36-24.
Three-point field goals: Johnston (5) -- Bubar 1, Fagbote 1, Andersin 2, Briggs 1. NS (4) -- Guzman 2, Keeley 2.

CF clinches playoff berth
CUMBERLAND – It was a doubly delectable result for Central Falls, which clinched a playoff berth and the Division II-North title Friday night with a 60-45 win over host Cumberland at the Wellness Center. The Warriors stand at 10-7 heading into Monday’s regular season finale with Shea. The loss drops the Clippers to 6-11.
Ryan Murray pulled down 21 rebounds for C.F. while Cliff Johnson finished with 17 points and seven steals. Senior Fernan Garcia also notched his first-ever varsity basket for C.F.
For the Clippers, Matt Lazaras had nine points.
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CENTRAL FALLS (60): Cliff Johnson 6 4-8 17, Ryan Murray 3 3-5 9, Emmett Dixon 2 2-5 6, Jose Peraza 2 0-0 4, Derrick Lopes 4 1-2 10, Steven Vazquez 3 0-0 7, Randy Vittini 1 1-2 3, Fernan Garcia 1 0-0 2, William Brotherton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 11-122 60.
CUMBERLAND (45): Matt Lazaras 3 2-2 9, Ben Bradley 3 0-0 7, Pat Burns 0 0-2 0, Andrew Baglini 2 0-0 4, John Andrade 3 1-2 7, Joe Travers 2 0-0 5, Mike Joubert 1 1-2 3, Ben Proctor 2 3-4 7, Randy Walker 2 1-2 5. Totals: 18 8-15 45.
Halftime: CF 32-27.
Three-point field goals: CF 3 (Cliff Johnson, Derrick Lopes, Steven Vazquez); C 3 (Matt Lazaras, Ben Bradley, Joe Travers).
JV: C 68-46.

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