PAWTUCKET â€“ Tom â€śSaarâ€ť Sorrentine had just watched his St. Raphael outfit stifle playoff foe Narragansett High, displaying LoJack tendencies in a 63-29 blowout Friday night at Alumni Hall. Next up for Sorrentine & Co. is a Sweet 16 matchup on the docket for Wednesday night at Bryant University against the survivor of Smithfield-Classical, two Division I squads set to do battle Saturday night in Providence.
As for the fashion in which his fourth-seeded Saints dispatched the Mariners, Sorrentine stated â€śWe played pretty good defense early. They didnâ€™t get good shots. We chased their offense out to where they had to settle for some tough shots.â€ť
Forcing hurried shots played right into the hands of Charles Correa, the St. Raphael junior leading all scorers with 15 points in addition to passing for 10 assists.
Davon Robertson was relentless on the glass, snatching 18 rebounds to go along with eight points.
â€śWe ended up running pretty good and rebounded the ball much better than we have been,â€ť Sorrentine noted.
Patrick Degnan led Narragansett with 10 points. The 29th-seeded Mariners fell behind 37-15 at halftime before Sorrentine pulled his starting group at the eight-minute mark.
St. Raphael defeated both Classical (64-61 on Jan. 12) and Smithfield (63-55 on Jan. 17) during the regular season.