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February 10th, 2011
WEST WARWICK â When you mention the name Garrick, immediately the West Warwick Wizards boysâ basketball team comes to mind and images conjure up of Tom and Stace filling the baskets on a nightly basis back in the early 80âs and again in 2000.
Both would go onto score over 1,000 points in their illustrious careers sporting the black and orange.
Their legacy left an indelible mark on fans and assured the name Garrick would forever be synonymous with other greats who have played boys basketball in West Warwick alongside Bill Robinson and Chuck Palumbo.
Billy Baron - son of URI men's basketball coach Jim - made his first statements to the media since announcing he was transferring from Virginia to URI.
Here are a few of his comments.
(On the decision)
-Itâs good to be back home. I missed my family, I missed being home. Just being able to play for my father, you know. Virginia was great, a lot of great opportunities coming out of there, great people there, great coaching staff. Just the fact of coming home, you only have one of them.
(On being at UVA)
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â For most basketball teams, the recent snowfall of the region was not welcomed as it put a halt to recent games.
But for the West Warwick Wizards, it may have been a blessing in disguise.
After losing three straight games last week, the Wizardsâ game Friday against Westerly was cancelled which afforded the team much needed practice time and a chance to regroup and gain its confidence.
Chariho was the unfortunate victim of a rejuvenate Wizardsâ squad as they dismantled the Chargers 77-44.
PROVIDENCE â A little dose of humility will hurt on first application, but the benefits of it will pay off in the long run.
Back on Jan. 17 in the third dual meet â and oddly enough, the final dual meet of the season â the West Warwick boys indoor track team, even though it swept both Smithfield and Cranston East, were a bit humbled because its individual performances.
Since that proverbial wake-up call, the coaching staff in the ensuing practices told the Wizards that they were better than that and the team hasnât peaked yet.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Defense was the biggest reason the Feinstein Middle School girls basketball team went on the road and upset two Southern Division opponents in the RIPCOA playoffs.
The Falcons, in victories over Narragansett and Westerly, allowed just 34.5 points a game to reach the quarterfinals Tuesday afternoon against Southern Division co-champion Davisville of North Kingstown.
COVENTRY â It was a classic spot on the schedule for the Coventry Oakers to fall into the dreaded âtrapâ game.
After winning eight of their last nine games, including Mondayâs big win over then number one in team Division I St. Raphael Academy, the Oakers had a date with the 2-16 South Kingstown Rebels.
With a four oâclock start and a smaller than usually fan base on hand, Coventry was able to muster up the energy necessary to fight off the pesky Rebels for a 75-60 victory.
WEST WARWICK â The tension was evident in West Warwickâs gymnasium last night in a game between the Wizards and the Prout Crusaders and had little to do with the scoreboard.
Fans on hand were there in anticipation of senior Tyreese Garrick scoring her 1,000th career point for her Wizardsâ career and have been waiting for over a week with recent cancellation of games to do so.
Garrick would accomplish the feat with 2:55 remaining in the first half as the Wizards won that small battle, but they ultimately lost the war as the Crusaders controlled the boards and won going away, 52-42.
By ERIC RUEB
KINGSTON â Ben Eaves pleaded for the basketball.
Camped out in the post with just under four minutes left against Fordham, he screamed âNikâ at teammate Nikola Malesevic, who gave it up, slid off to the right corner, where Eaves threw a perfect one-handed pass out of the double-team. Malesevic released, the crowd stood up and when the ball snapped through the net, exploded in
Amazing what happens when you make a couple of shots.
Guess who's not playing today?
While the weather wasn't as bad as it's been in the past, it was bad enough, causing cancellations across the board.
The only game in town tonight takes place in Kingston, where the URI men's basketball team hosts Fordham at 7 p.m.
COVENTRY â The Coventry Oakers made a statement to the rest of Division I last night.
With the Division I leading St. Raphael Academy Saints strolling into town, the Oakers demonstrated that they will have to be mentioned as a contender for the state crown with a convincing 92-72 victory over the Saints, the first in the schoolâs history and improved their record to 9-4 in league play.