NARRAGANSETTâ€”Brian Lamendola is what summer league basketball is all about.
After graduating a starting center, point guard and 1,000-point scorer Prout coach Jed Oâ€™Malley knew heâ€™d have some holes to fill on this yearâ€™s roster.
That being said, he also knew he had significant pieces returning in Chris DiClemente, Alex DeLuca and Drew Mace â€“ as well as a freshman who already has three Division I scholarship offers before ever playing a high school game in Tomas Murphy.
Four players do not make a team, however, and that is where Lamendola fits in.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”Run! Run! Run!
It was a simple message West Warwick coach Richard Grenier had for his players Wednesday as the Wizards ran, ran, ran past Narragansett for a 57-30 victory in the opening round of the Narragansett Summer League playoffs.
â€śOur game at West Warwick for as long Iâ€™ve been there is to just push the tempo and run as fast we can up the floor,â€ť Grenier said. â€śWeâ€™ve done a very good job of that. Weâ€™ve been very consistent with our fast break and weâ€™ve been very unselfish the entire summer.â€ť
NARRAGANSETT â€“ Sometimes a team wins in such a dominating fashion that it is hard to put into words. Wednesday night may just have been one of those games for the South Kingstown boys basketball team as it put a 53-37 hurting on Narragansett in the opening round of summer league playoffs at Christofaro Park.
â€śThey got after it on defense. They followed the game plan and were right on defensively,â€ť said Jeff Wosencroft, assistant coach with the Rebelsâ€™ varsity team during the winter, currently helping with the summer program. â€śGuys looked like they were having fun out there.
BRISTOL â€“ In spite of his team mashing their way to a District 3 championship, winning three of their four games in that tournament by double digits, Wickford 11-Year Old All-Stars manager Joe Walsh left the field the night of the district title match saying it would be his teamâ€™s pitching and defense that would lead them to a state title.
â€śCame true,â€ť Walsh said of his prediction on Monday. â€śToday was one of those days.â€ť
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ After having to comeback and win game two of a doubleheader just one day prior to force the rubber match, J2 Design Team Sharks found themselves needing another comeback on Monday in game three of their preliminary round series of the Senior American Legion State Tournament against East Bay-Riverside Post 10 to keep their playoff run alive.
Unfortunately, the Sharks were not as lucky this time, falling behind early and eventually dropping a 7-4 decision to Post 10 at Lischio Field.
WEST WARWICK â€” Matt Laferriere personifies everything West Warwick Post Two coach John Parente wants his program to be.
The CCRI righty wasnâ€™t feeling well in the first game of his squadâ€™s best-of-three opening round series with Cranstonâ€™s Gershkoff-Auburn Post 20, but the former Coventry Oaker grinded into the eighth inning to give his team a chance to win the game.
WEST WARWICK â€“ Post Two's American Legion playoff run ended just six hours after it started.
After dropping the opening game in their best-of-three series with No. 9 Gershkoff-Auburn Post 20, No. 8 West Warwick scored the opening run in the second half of the doubleheader but wound up dropping a 7-4 decision to lose the series 2-0.
â€śWe played probably our two crispest games defensively in a long time,â€ť West Warwick coach John Parente said. â€śWe got good innings out of both of our starting pithcers. We played two errorless games and we showed a lot of mental toughenss.