By BRENDAN McGAIR
The brackets for the divisional tournaments in boysâ€™ basketball have been released and thereâ€™s two preliminary games of note set for Friday night.
In Division II, defending champion and No. 10 seed Cumberland travels to Central Falls to face the seventh-seeded Warriors. The two II-North rivals squared off twice during the regular season with C.F. posting a 65-51 win at Cumberland on Dec. 20. The Clippers returned the favor last Wednesday with a 49-47 triumph at the Warriorsâ€™ gym.
Fridayâ€™s winner will face second seed Barrington in the quarterfinals. That game is set for next Wednesday at a site that remains to be determined. On the same night, No. 3 seed Tolman squares off with fellow II-Central member and No. 6 seed Exeter/West Greenwich.
In Division III, you have a preliminary-round matchup involving two teams that crossed paths as recent as this past Tuesday night. Burrillville, the eighth seed, hosts defending champ and No. 9 seed North Smithfield. The Broncos wound up with the home-court advantage for this one after defeating the Northmen, 38-35. The victory also enabled Burrillville to clinch the division title.
Fridayâ€™s North Smithfield-Burrillville winner advances to face top seed East Greenwich next Wednesday in the quarters.
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