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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.
â€śThey just were working hard. Everybody got involved. It was a full team effort, all the kids playing and they were having fun.â€ť
Coming into the summer, the goal of the Rebelsâ€™ coaching staff was to further build chemistry and continuity throughout their lineup, a goal seemingly accomplished based on their play in the first half against Narragansett.
Though the Mariners put the first points of the game on the board, the Rebels put the game out of reach early. Led by Shynin Thomas, South went on an early 11-point run after Tyrell Smithâ€™s basket to open the game.
Moreso than their offense, however, it was the Rebelsâ€™ defense that did the bulk of the damage, stymieing Narragansett for stretches of upwards of five minutes. By the half, South Kingstown had doubled up its opponent, 24-12.
To their credit â€“ despite the large halftime deficit â€“ the Mariners stayed in the fight and battled it out with the Rebels until the very end.
Though â€™Gansett never gained any ground on its opponent, they still kept on the attack in hopes of igniting a spark.
â€śThese kids did everything for me,â€ť said former player Frank Castrovillari, who has been coaching one of the two Narragansett teams playing in the summer league. â€śThey just gave it all. We pressed, we played man-to-man. South Kingstownâ€™s a well coached, good team. Theyâ€™re good and they have their full team.
â€śâ€¦I thought we gave them a game to the end. Iâ€™m proud of my boys, I thought they played tremendous, really. I think they did about as well as they could.â€ť
Much like they had in the first half, Smith â€“ who was in uniform despite battling an illness â€“ and Will Doyle shouldered the offensive load in the second. For the game, the two combined for all but eight of their teamâ€™s points. Doyle led they way for the Mariners with 15 to Smithâ€™s 14.
For all their effort, however, Narragansett never strung together more than five points in a row to give them a shot at catching SKâ€™s point total.
And as good as Doyle and Smith played in the half, Southâ€™s Joe Sekator was that much better, putting up 11 of his 16-points in the final 20 minutes of play. To close out the game, the rising junior, scored eight of his teamâ€™s final 11 points over the final seven minutes to cement the win and see the Rebels advanced to the second round.