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March 4th, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was some doubt to whether the West Warwick Wizards were even going to qualify for the R.I. State Basketball Tournament after their loss to Westerly in the Division II playoffs.
But a Barrington Eagles loss to Rogers in those same Division II playoffs opened up the door for the Wizards to get invited to the party and last night they took advantage.
Playing as the No. 13 seed, West Warwick advanced in the tournament with a 71-64 win over the No. 4 seed cross-town rival Coventry Oakers.
PROVIDENCE - The Prout boys basketball team walked off with smiles on their faces Thursday night.
The improbable - beating No. 1 seed Cranston West - didn't happen, but the Crusaders certainly went out in style, cutting a 22-point deficit with 9 minutes, 9 seconds left to five with 30.8 seconds left before John King's magic ran out in a 69-61 loss.
Division II preliminary round
PROVIDENCE - The East Greenwich girls basketball team got it done on the defensive end Wednesday night and took care of Classical, 47-28.
The Avengers held the Purple to just nine points in the first 20 minutes on 3 of 27 shooting from the floor.
Kiley Powers led EG with 16 points and Leah Settipane had nine rebounds.
WEST WARWICK â€” The West Warwick girls basketball team, for the second time this season, defeated Tolman at home. And while the score, 63-54, indicates the Wizards were comfortable Division II first-round playoff winners, the game was still up in the air with three minutes remaining.
Thanks to 20 points from center Jenna Ayala and 13 from guard Janelle Gonzalez, the Tigers gave the No. 3 Wizards all they could handle.
KINGSTON â€“ You canâ€™t spell â€˜late-season collapseâ€™ without URI.
Technically you can, but thereâ€™s no denying that when it comes to winning when it matters most, the University of Rhode Island menâ€™s basketball has not performed when it counted.
The last three seasons URI has had a chance to puts itself in the NCAA Tournament, only to flame out late in A-10 play, followed by struggles in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
This year is a little different.
PROVIDENCE â€” Coventry wrestler Dylan Dupre just finished a fantastic freshman season with a sixth-place finish at the state tournament Saturday. Dupre should have been happy with the result, instead he was thinking about what he needs to do to become an elite wrestler.
WESTERLY â€” Designed plays look nice on dry-erase boards, but itâ€™s the top-level players who make the decision and are usually the reason a play works, fails or is changed in favor of something completely different.
Monday night, in the latest installment of the best Division II boys basketball rivalry, West Warwickâ€™s Max Motroni knew with his team trailing by a point with 16 seconds left in the game that coach Richard Grenier wanted him to drive to the hoop. Motroni saw the lane was closed and proceeded to bury a 25-foot 3-pointer.
PROVIDENCE â€” The West Warwick gymnastics team produced the best team scores in Division II on the vault and the floor exercise at Sundayâ€™s RIIL State Gymnastics Championships at the Murray Center.
The Wizards also only finished .1 of a point behind undefeated Exeter-West Greenwich leaving the uneven bars between the Wizards and a Division II title.
The Knights, ended up winning the uneven bars by 3.65 points to catapult past the Wizards with a team score of 128.025 to the Wizards 124.675 to claim the D-II title. The Wizardsâ€™ score was their season best.
KINGSTON â€“ There was a lot Cathy Inglese could have been talking about for the 30-plus minutes following the University of Rhode Island womenâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s 64-43 loss to Fordham Wednesday night.
She could have been yelling about the fact the Rams shot just 35.4 percent from the floor, or that they were outrebounded 37-28, or that they were outscored 51-23 in the final 25:10 of the game. She may have been discussing geopolitics, fashion trends or how the fans must have felt to watch a truly awful performance.
NEWPORT â€” West Warwick forward Ryan Lawtonâ€™s 25 points kept his team in Mondayâ€™s night game with Division IIâ€™s top team, Rogers. His 21 rebounds created numerous second-chance and transition opportunities for the Wizards. And his six blocks intimidated the Vikings in the lane.
But the juniorâ€™s biggest play in the 60-57 victory over Rogers came on one of his three assists.
With Lawton and fellow junior Max Motroni playing a two-man game on the left side of the court, Lawton kicked the ball out from the post and Motroni hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36.1 seconds remaining in the contest.