PAWTUCKET — 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. Shea’s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.
“Unbelievable defense,” Davies coach Gerry Suggs exclaimed after the game. “We fought and scrapped. I’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. It’s a confusing defense for an offense to try and figure out.”
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.
“We played them close in the first game and then they blew us out last week,” 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.