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March 6th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD – Minutes after this epic Friday night tilt had ended, Mount St. Charles’ girls mentor Tony DiLorenzo peered at an onlooker, gave a mammoth “Whew!” and smiled weakly.
That’s what happens when you eke out an astonishingly-entertaining, not to mention thrilling, playoff triumph.
A year ago, Mount St. Charles and the Lincoln/Cumberland Co-op team were the two teams out of the 10 in the state that did not qualify for the postseason.
This year, the two squads will face off in a best-of-three series in the DeCosta Division playoffs. The Lions are the higher seed, meaning that Game 1 against the Mounties will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at North Smithfield’s Rhode Island Sports Center.
WARWICK – Mount St. Charles head coach Ray Leveille had joked late during a Tuesday afternoon preparatory practice that he figured most folks would agree that his club had no chance against Division I foe finalist Bay View Academy in the inaugural R.I. State Girls Open Tournament.
In fact, he mentioned, given that line of thought, that “everybody expects us to lose by 30, but that's why you play the game.”
WOONSOCKET – The way first-year Mount St. Charles’ mentor Ray Leveille views the situation, his girls should be rather cool and collected when they face second-ranked Bay View Academy in the inaugural R.I. Girls’ Open Tournament tonight at 6 at the Community College of Rhode Island-Warwick gymnasium.
After a surprising capture of the Division III-North title (with a superb 15-3 mark), the Mounties dropped a semifinal decision to Narragansett, which went on to snatch the D-III state championship.
WARWICK – Judging by the number of girls’ basketball teams that turned out for Monday night’s selection show at the Warwick Mall, the inaugural 16-team open state tournament figures to not suffer from a lack of interest.
PROVIDENCE – One minute, LaDontae Henton, Kris Dunn and the rest of the Providence Friars look like a well-oiled machine and a force to be reckoned with come NCAA Tournament time.
In other instances, not so much.
The season is winding down. We are entering the final week of the regular season. After that, conference tournaments will start the following weekend. Selection Sunday is March 15th, less than 2 weeks away. Shortly after Selection Sunday, all will be right in the world. People will be printing out brackets and filling them out at their desk. Inevitably, Jan from accounting will win your office pool by picking her favorite mascots and everyone will be in disbelief. It has been an exciting regular season thus far and boy do we still have the best ahead of us.
PROVIDENCE – No one, not even the head coach who scooped up LaDontae Henton after he opted out of his national letter of intent to Dayton, could have imagined that he could end up among the most decorated players in Providence College basketball history.
PROVIDENCE – It was hard to tell if the absence of head coach T.J. Ciolfi made a significant difference in Woonsocket High’s 66-39 loss to La Salle Academy in a R.I. Division I Tournament semifinal at Rhode Island College’s Murray Center on Friday night.
The reason: The third-seeded Rams played almost perfectly in their fast-break offense, especially in the opening session.
WOONSOCKET – You can debate whether or not the two-game penalty of ejection from a high school basketball game is harsh. The point is that when No. 10 Woonsocket takes the floor at Rhode Island College Friday night against third-seed La Salle Academy, the Villa Novans will do so without their head coach.
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