The Mariners Fall in Close Match to Nemesis NYMA in NEPSAC Class D Semifinal
RHCD 40, NYMA 42
The Mariners entered Saturday’s semifinal match against two time defending champs NYMA. This was a game that the Mariners knew they had to win to become a championship team. The Mariners came out hot and focused and within the first six minutes of the game jumped up to a 14-6 lead. All looked great for The Mariners until Parker Mason (Portsmouth, RI) picked up his second personal foul, having him sit the rest of the half. NYMA seized the opportunity by going on a slow but effective 22-2 run to end the half, being up at the break 28-16.
The Mariners have been a team that has fought hard all year, no matter the score. They are built to fight, so we knew that the second half would be interesting. The Mariners were able to stay out of foul trouble in the second half. They needed to in order to stage a comeback against a back to back championship team. The Mariners were able to get back into the game by great defense. Along with playing great defense, they had to pick up there offensive execution, in which they was able to do that as well. The Mariners were able to fight all the way back and tie the game up at 40 a piece with one minute left! However, NYMA were then able to come down and hit a big shot giving them a two point advantage. The Mariners missed a shot causing them to foul, NYMA misses the first shot of a one and one, and the Mariners still had a chance. The ball was raced up the court a timeout was called with 11.1 seconds left in the game. A play was drown up, and the defender guarding Denzel Corriea (Warwick, RI) fell leaving Denzel open to take a game winning shot, which was the right shot, but came up short and bounced off the rim.
It was a great game despite coming up on the short end and the Mariners have no reason to have their heads down. Knowing how close they were to going on to the championship leaves the Mariner squad wanting more. Being that close just creates a new hunger and a stronger mindset to comeback and chase a trophy that is close to residing in East Greenwich, RI. Key standouts in the semifinals game were Ameir Gomes (Providence, RI) who finished with 18pts and Denzel Corriea who finished with 10pts. It will be a long off-season for the Mariners, but they will be back strong expect nothing less.
MS Boys B Basketball Loses First Game of Season in Last Game of Season against a Strong St. Andrew’s Team
RHCD 34, SAS 52
Though the MS Boys B Basketball team played a great game, the SAS Saints were able to make more baskets and control the flow of the game. It was very back and forth with both teams showing strong offensive talent. Jacob Lax (Hope, RI) was again the high scorer for the Mariners.
The Mariners had a tough match-up against Putnam Science Academy. It was a close contest in the first several minutes as both team were trading baskets. The Mariners went on a shooting slump soon after, which led to PSA going on run knocking down 3 point field goal after another. Going into the half down 23, Rocky Hill was never able to recover. Parker Mason (Portsmouth, RI) lead all scorers with 30 pts 18 rebs and Denzel Correia (Warwick, RI) chipped in with 28 pts. The final score Putnam Science Academy 101 Rocky Hill 77.