By BRENDAN McGAIR
As explained earlier in the week, relief pitchers Michael Bowden and Scott Atchison stand on the threshold of an interesting 2012 season. Both are out of options, which can be seen as a double-edged sword. (Disclaimer: please read this â€“ http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/4319 â€“ before continuing on.)
We examined the Charles Correa vs. Kris Dunn matchup in Thursdayâ€™s edition, which also appeared online at pawtuckettimes.com. Hereâ€™s the link in case you missed it: http://pawtuckettimes.com/content/sra-hoopsters-eye-showdown-vs-new-london.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
The beauty of this profession is that you can write something one day only to revisit said subject matter(s) a few days later with some additional thoughts/reflections. Disclaimer: both articles subject to further review appeared in Saturdayâ€™s print edition.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Providence is up 30-21 after one half based in large part to attempting 26 free throws. By comparison, PCâ€™s opponent, Southern (La.) University, went to the line two times.
The only reason why the Jaguars, picked to finish last in the SWAC, went to the charity stripe was when PC freshman Brice Kofane was called for a questionable intentional foul. Otherwise it was Southern that felt the wrath of the officials as the visiting Jaguars were called for 15 fouls.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Providence got a head start on Thanksgiving by feasting on an undermanned and overwhelmed Florida A&M squad, 87-65, before 6,052 at The Dunk. The Friars improve to 3-0 on the young season with the next game set for Tuesday at The Dunk against Southern. That game, like the one Saturday, is also part of the San Padre Invitational.
â€śI love playing at home,â€ť noted Cooley, who encouraged the fans to shower the Friars with support during a first-half timeout. â€śTo me thereâ€™s no greater place to play than The Dunk.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Providence Friars are taking it to the Florida A&M Rattlers, 39-19, after 20 minutes at The Dunk. The most eye-popping stat is the 14 turnovers the Friars forced, resulting in 20 points.
Florida A&M, which was picked to finish last in the MEAC preseason poll, shot just 27 percent. For the Friars, Bryce Cotton continues to score at a high clip. The sophomore guard notched the teamâ€™s first seven points on his way to ending the half with 13.
Per the PC athletic department:
Providence College Athletics, Cox Sports and Coast to Coast Promotional Products To Host 15th Anniversary Celebration Of The 1997 Elite Eight Menâ€™s Basketball Team
The celebration will take place on May 12, 2012.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â€“ Providence College Athletics, along with presenting sponsors Cox Sports and Coast to Coast Promotional Products, are pleased to announce that on May 12, 2012, they will hold a 15-year anniversary celebration of the 1997 Elite Eight menâ€™s basketball team.
By BRENDAN McGAIR
A wrap up of Pawtucket's 4-3 win over Rochester on Sunday night ...
PAWTUCKET â€“ As the fireworks drummed away at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, two PawSox players were busy shoving their belongings into bags, as infielder Nate Spears and Kyle Weiland will join the Red Sox in Toronto on Monday.
Everyone should breath a major sigh of relief that basketball wunderkind Ricky Ledo will not verbalize his choice of college at a Providence bar, which appeared to be the plan as recently as this past weekend.
The brackets for the first round of Division I & II tournaments â€“ the format being double elimination spread over four four-team subdivisions â€“ were released Monday night. The Blackstone Valley is represented with three teams in Div. I â€“ Lincoln, St. Raphael, East Providence â€“ and three from Div. II â€“ Woonsocket, Tolman, North Smithfield.
It should be noted that East Providence was awarded the 16th and final seed in Division I, which saw the Townies along with Cumberland, Mount St. Charles, Toll Gate all finish the regular season at 7-10.