Archive - Jan 5, 2012 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â North Smithfield won its first three league games in Division III-North by an average of nearly 22 points.
First-year NS coach TJ Ciolfi knew No. 4 wouldnât be the same. Facing the Northmen in Thursdayâs league showdown was equally-unbeaten Johnston, another talented squad that has beaten its three opponents by almost 26 points per outing.
"The teams are exactly the same,â Ciolfi said. âWe are almost as identical in the way we play.â
PAWTUCKET â If Tolman High ever fits the pieces together, the Tigers could be a tough out in the Division II playoffs.
It is coach Mike Kayataâs job to develop his players into a cohesive unit over the next seven weeks, trying to get the most out of a roster that contains an explosive scoring guard in Juan Velez, a 6-foot-7 junior center named Jon Percy who is a sleeping giant, and several role players who might hold the key to this teamâs ultimate outcome.
PROVIDENCE â Count Jim Boeheim as a fan of the turnaround act Ed Cooley is trying to perform at Providence College.
While receiving praise from the dean of Big East coaches is a sign that Cooleyâs work is not going unnoticed around the league, the PC head coach was in no mood to talk about moral victories following his teamâs third straight loss, the latest a 87-73 setback to top-ranked Syracuse Wednesday night at The Dunk.