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McGair: Bearcats send Friars packing from Big East Tournament

March 13, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
NEW YORK – Stop if you’ve seen or heard this before, Providence fans.
Another stay in the Big East Tournament turned out to be quick and not-so-sweet for the Friars, who were taken out by Cincinnati, 61-44, Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. PC now will see if a 17-14 record is good enough to earn a NIT berth while Cincy earns a Big East tourney semifinal-round date with top-seeded Georgetown on Thursday.

McGair: After awful start, Friars close to within 31-23 at Big East tourney

March 13, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer
NEW YORK – After getting off to a dreadful start, the Providence Friars finished the first half on a high note to trail Cincinnati by 31-23 at halftime at Madison Square Garden.

PC's Cotton named First Team All-Big East

March 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – It was announced Sunday that Providence College junior guard Bryce Cotton was named All-Big East First Team. His teammate, redshirt junior Kadeem Batts, earned honorable mention honors from the league.

PawSox add Bob Socci to radio broadcast team

March 8, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox announced Friday that they have added Bob Socci to the radio broadcast booth for the upcoming season. Socci will partner with another newcomer, Jeff Levering who was hired last month, as the duo will broadcast all 144 PawSox games on WHJJ-AM (920) and the 13-station PawSox Radio Network.

Big East Conference, Catholic Schools announce separation

March 8, 2013

PROVIDENCE - Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Friday that after several weeks of cordial and professional discussions, a definitive agreement has been reached that will enable a mutually-beneficial separation of some of the league’s current members and allow an orderly formation of a new conference by the seven basketball schools. The separation will become effective on July 1, 2013.
The agreement, which remains subject to formal Board approval, contemplates continued cooperation and playing opportunities between the conferences.

Cumberland High boys' basketball program to stage benefit Alumni Game.

March 5, 2013

CUMBERLAND – Fresh off their first boys’ basketball championship in nearly eight decades, Cumberland High will host an Alumni Game on Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. inside the school’s Wellness Center.
Any and all former Clipper hoopsters are invited to participate. The entry fee is $20 per person while family, friends, fans and spectators are also welcome with a $2 donation for admission. The game’s format will be based on how many players sign up.

McGair: Local boys' basketball teams begin state tournament play tonight

February 28, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The R.I. boys’ basketball open state tournament got underway Wednesday with four “Round of 16” games that were decided by a grand total of 12 points. The evening saw everything from the No. 15 seed (Hendricken) sending the two seed (La Salle) packing to the No. 16 seed (West Warwick) give the tourney’s overall seed (Classical) a serious run for its money.

McGair: Sweet 16 field for R.I. boys hoop set

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The dust has settled and the Sweet 16 field for the open state tournament is signed, sealed and delivered. Courtesy of Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, behold is the group that will see one team emerge to cut down the nets at URI’s Ryan Center come Saturday, March 9:

Teams (Points)
1. Classical (18)
2. La Salle (17)
3. North Kingstown (17)
4. Cumberland (15.2)
5. North Smithfield (13.2)
6. Mount Pleasant (13)
7. Hope (13)
8. Westerly (12.8)
9. North Providence (12.8)
10. Coventry (12)
11. Barrington (12)
12. Shea (12)

McGair: Previewing Divisional Final Sunday in R.I. boys hoops

February 24, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

Drizzling rain never looked so good as we looked out the window Sunday morning. Who knows what’s in store for the rest of the day weather-wise, but as we type this, it’s all systems go for Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center to host what figures to be a jam-packed tripleheader of high school boys basketball.
The lineup of divisional title contests includes:
Division II: No. 6 Shea vs. Cumberland, 1 p.m.
Division III: No. 3 East Greenwich vs. No. 1 North Smithfield, 3 p.m.
Division I: No. 8 Hope vs. No. 3 Classical, 5 p.m.

McGair: Looking ahead to the Sweet in R.I. boys' hoops; The legacy of the PawSox broadcast booth

February 21, 2013

By BRENDAN McGAIR
Sports writer

The boys’ basketball division tournaments may be in vogue at the moment, but it’s never too early to look at the field comprising the 16-team open state tournament. With a nod to Shea High assistant coach Henry Coleman, here’s what the top 16 looks like following Tuesday’s playoff action:

School (Points)
1. La Salle (18)
2. North Kingstown (17)
3. Classical (17)
4. Cumberland (14.6)
5. Mount Pleasant (13)
6. North Smithfield (13)
7. Westerly (12.8)
8. North Providence (12.8)
9. Coventry (12)
10. Barrington (12)
11. Shea (11.2)

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