2/29/24 – Boys JV Basketball Vs. St. Thomas More JV

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Mariners Earn Solid Victory over Chancellors in Final Game of Season on Senior Night

ROCKY HILL – 49, ST THOMAS MORE – 42

Rocky Hill’s JV team honored its seniors and simultaneously closed out its season with a win over St. Thomas More on Thursday. For a team with so many seniors, it was a special night to see them all contribute in their own ways.

Our senior big men did what they did all season – dominate the glass and work hard. Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumberland, RI) and Biagio DiCenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) both controlled the paint, racking up 15 boards (8 OREB!) between the two of them. On the season, the pair totaled over 120 rebounds, with DiCenso contributing an astonishing 46 OREB.

Our senior guards brought defense, shooting and composure. John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) put on a superb final performance, leading the team with 10 points on a typically efficient 4/7 shooting performance, while also adding in a couple steals and blocks. O’Hara finished the season shooting 40% from beyond the line, the top mark on the team, and also led the team in blocks and steals. Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) chipped in 2 threes of his own, while doing the dirty work that great teams need to succeed. Brown stuffed the stat sheet all season long, finishing top 5 on the team in all major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks).

Yet, the most special moment of the night was reserved for manager Collin Zito ’24 (Charlestown, RI), who returned to the court for the first time this season to a raucous ovation from the crowd after being out for the fall and winter seasons. These 5 seniors played a crucial role as mentors, leaders and brought a grit and composure to the team that was sorely needed. The entire Mariner community will miss them!

Thus closes another JV Basketball season. Rocky Hill finished the season with a 14-4 record, one of the better seasons for a RHCD second team in recent memory.

2/26/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Marianapolis JV

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Mariners Drop Second Game of Season to Scrappy Golden Knights Team

ROCKY HILL – 39, MARIANAPOLIS – 54

In another highly anticipated rematch, the Mariner’s faced Marianapolis for the second time this season. Rocky Hill went into this game hoping to avenge an earlier loss back in early January. Unfortunately, as has been the theme lately, the Mariners weren’t up to the task, and fell to the team from Connecticut 54-39.

Marianapolis packed their gym from the opening tip, and created a deeply unsettling environment for the Rocky Hill players. Marianapolis’ long and lanky zone challenged shots and passes all night, causing the Mariners to overthink even the simplest plays. On the other end, the Mariner’s struggled to contain dribble penetration without fouling (they ended up with 19 fouls on the evening). Despite the rough start to the game, thanks to some hot shooting from Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) (11 points and 3 made 3s), they managed to claw back, finding themselves only down 1 at the half.

After halftime, the Marianapolis crowd only grew more intense. It grew hard to even hear in the huddle and calling plays and timeouts was challenging. Every missed shot and turnover ratcheted up the pressure even more. Lehouiller was blanketed as the Marianapolis players followed him even to the sideline. Rocky Hill’s offense stalled without the shooting of Lehouiller and the Marianapolis lead ballooned. A flurry of 7 straight points from Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI) cut the lead to 4, but Rocky Hill’s turnovers reared their head again and hope slipped away.

Overall, the Mariner’s shot only 30% from the field, and 25% from 2. They ended up with 18 turnovers, and shot 50% from the FT line. It’s hard to win a game with those kinds of numbers. Rocky Hill will look to regroup this week before senior night on Thursday and their end of season tournament this upcoming weekend.

2/15/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Putnam Science V

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“Uncomfortable” Mariners Fall for Second Time in Meeting with Mustangs

ROCKY HILL – 40, PUTNAM SCIENCE V – 70

In their second meeting of the year, a contest the Mariners were eagerly anticipating, Putnam Science put on an offensive and defensive clinic, and proved why they are one of the elite basketball programs in the country. From the opening tip, the Mariners were pressured, and forced to start their offense from uncomfortable positions. Putnam did an excellent job dictating tempo on the defensive end, and it felt like Rocky Hill never managed to get comfortable the entire game.

On defense, the Mariners were lost. Putnam’s off ball action was exquisite and varied, leading to a barrage of open threes to start the game. Communication was poor, and Rocky Hill spent much of their time on defense chasing rather than dictating. The Mariners went into the half down 47 to 21, with no answers.

Out of the half, things improved – Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI) and Jack Casey ’25 (South Kingstown, RI) showed again how valuable their presence was, and were some of the only players willing to be assertive. They dove on the floor, attacked the glass, and were willing to get physical. They chipped in 9 and 7 points respectively, and were the only reason this game didn’t turn out even uglier.

Ultimately, the contest was never close, closing 70-40 Putnam. The Mariners leave this game humbled, but hungry to get back at it and close out their season strong in the weeks ahead.

2/10/24 – Boys JV Basketball Vs. St. Andrew’s

Mariners Offense Explodes in Comfortable Win Over Saints

ROCKY HILL – 77, ST ANDREW’S – 51

On Saturday, Rocky Hill hosted the St. Andrew’s Saints in a rematch of an earlier contest that the Mariner’s comfortably won. This time, the Saints offense came ready to play, scoring 51 points, but thankfully Rocky Hill’s offensive output was even more prodigious. Rocky Hill scored 80 points in the contest, notching a 61% effective field goal percentage, and scoring at a rate of 1.23 points per possession, easily their highest mark of the season. This figure is on par with some of the best offenses in college basketball (only UCONN, Purdue and Alabama average higher efficiency per game according to Kenpom). While the Mariner’s certainly aren’t coming close to these numbers most nights (nor should they), they serve to illustrate just how well the game was coming to them on Saturday afternoon.

The game started with a surprise zone from the Saints, but Rocky Hill promptly shot them right out of it. John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) hit three 3 pointers, enroute to a 15 point outing on only FIVE shots. The Mariners ended up shooting 50% from 3, hitting 9 on the day, with Jack Zito ’27 (Charlestown, RI), Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) and Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) each chipping in from deep.

Jacob Lax ’26 (Hope, RI) and Jack Casey ’25 (South Kingstown, RI) also provided a huge boost to Rocky Hill. Both recently returned from injury, yet looked extremely comfortable as they combined for 31 points. After a first half that involved a lot of jump shooting from the team, the two were challenged with getting in the paint off some of Rocky Hill’s actions and they absolutely delivered, Casey with slashing attacks at the rim and Lax with his trademark lefty push shot.

Finally, it’s impossible not to mention the contributions of Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) who added in another 15 points on decisive dribble penetration, and despite his relatively short stature, was the teams leading rebounder in only 16 minutes played.

Rocky Hill has now won 7 straight contests, en route to a 13-2 record. They take on BCA on Tuesday, and have a long awaited rematch with a tough Putnam Science Academy team later in the week.

2/5/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Williams V

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Mariners Show Strength in Big Victory Over Varsity Blues

ROCKY HILL – 66, WILLIAMS – 30

Rocky Hill traveled to Connecticut on Monday to take on the Williams School Varsity Basketball team and came home with their best team win of the season.

Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) moved the ball with ease ( 5 total assists on the day), finding teammates around the perimeter and leading to two quick threes from Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI). William’s abandoned their 3-2 zone shortly thereafter and Brayden Martin ’28 (Coventry, RI) and Lehouiller went to work with excellent dribble penetration. The pair combined for 35 points in the contest, and generally looked un-guardable off the dribble and in transition.

As well as Rocky Hill shot during this game (55% TS) the real story of the game was their defense. They held Williams to 30% from the field, thanks in large part to Holubesko’s lockdown defense on William’s primary scorer. The Mariners also outrebounded them 44-18 thanks to excellent work crashing the boards by Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI), John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Robert Reyes ’25 (Providence, RI) (who recently just returned from injury with a strong performance). Quick outlets to guards allowed for easy run outs, and Rocky Hill’s bigs did an excellent job rim running and drawing fouls in the transition. Biagio Dicenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) earned 5 of his 11 points from behind the charity stripe, and generally did an excellent job playing a “finisher” role.

It was a dominant performance across the board, and likely the most complete basketball the Mariners have played all season.

2/7/24 – Boys JV Basketball Vs. Cushing Academy V

Mariners Complete Come Back Victory in OT Over Penguin Varsity Squad

ROCKY HILL – 47, CUSHING V – 42

The Mariners took on a talented Cushing team on Wednesday, in perhaps their toughest test to date. In the first 8 minutes, things looked great for the home team, with a flurry of quick 3s by Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI), Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) and Brayden Martin ’28 (Coventry, RI). Unfortunately, as halftime approached the Mariners went cold from behind the arc, as Cushing’s stars heated up. Cushing did an excellent job preventing dribble penetration with early help, and Rocky Hill couldn’t hit the shots Cushing was daring them to take, and seemed scared to try and get paint touches. The Mariners went into the break down 6, and out of halftime their lead ballooned all the way up to 19.

Thankfully, our seniors Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumberland, RI) and Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) came into the game midway through the second half and injected a boost of energy into the game. The two of them crashed the offensive boards and converted some physical baskets down low. Suddenly the lead was 14, and you could tell Rocky Hill started to believe they could win this game.

The Mariners ratcheted up their defensive pressure and caused absolute chaos for Cushing in the final minutes of the game. Senior John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) was everywhere, collecting steals left and right. He ended up with 7 on the evening, and 1 block. In the last 7 minutes of the game, Rocky Hill rattled off a 19-1 (!!!) run to take the game to overtime, capped by a Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) three pointer and two clutch free throws by Biagio Dicenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI).

In overtime, the story was much the same. Chaotic defense by the Mariners, another huge three by Garcia, and clutch free throw shooting allowed them to take home the victory and massive comeback win, 47-42.

Rocky Hill is now 11-2 on the season, with 4 regular season games remaining. They’ll face St. Andrew’s on Saturday and look to continue their 5 game winning streak.

2/2/24 – Boys JV Basketball Vs. CATS Academy

Mariners Overpower Griffins In Friday Night Battle

ROCKY HILL – 59, CATS ACADEMY 20

On Friday afternoon, the Mariners faced CATS Academy for the second time this season. Last time the two faced, Rocky Hill came out flat, and while they eventually won the game, you could be sure they they didn’t want a repeat of last game’s energy. Thankfully they did just that – The Mariners came out with an outstanding shooting half and put this one away early. Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) made 4 triples in the first half on route to a total of 14 points and John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI), Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) and Robert Reyes ’25 (Providence, RI) added a few 3s of their own. The Mariners ended up scoring 38 points in the first half, and help CATS to just 10. It was one of their best offensive outputs of the year, and showcased excellent ball movement and unselfish play. Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) and Lehouiller tallied 8 assists between the two of them, expertly zipping the ball through and around the CATS zone.

Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumerbland, RI), Biagio DiCenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Garcia kept CATS off the glass, securing 15 boards amongst them, and stifled any hope of a second half comeback. The Mariners cruised after halftime, picking up an easy 59-20 victory. They enter the final part of the schedule on a hot streak, having won their last 4 games, and will look to continue that momentum as they face a tough stretch of high level opponents in the weeks ahead.

1/30/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ Boston Trinity

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Mariners Dig Deep and Pull Out the Victory Over Lions

ROCKY HILL – 49, BOSTON TRINITY – 34

Rocky Hill took their talents into Boston again this Tuesday with a matchup vs Boston Trinity. Things started off slow this game for the mariners as the offense got off to a slow start, but the defense was at a high level all night. Led by Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) who moved in the passing lanes and played stifling defense all night came up with 5 steals as team captain John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) also had 4 steals leading to multiple fast break points.

Biagio DiCenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) and Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI) both had big games in the paint for Rocky Hill, both collecting 10 rebounds to help push the pace to a 13-point lead at half.

Next half was less drama as Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) started to heat up getting into the lane with multiple drives for easy baskets finishing with 12 points. Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) also got into the act in the second half making a dagger 3 that put the nail in the coffin as the mariners walk away with this win 49-34.

1/29/24 – Boys JV Basketball Vs. Chapel Hill Chauncey Hall

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Mariners Earn Decisive Victory Over Chargers

 ROCKY HILL – 59, CHAPEL HILL CHAUNCEY HALL – 16

On Monday, Rocky Hill emerged victorious over the CHCH Chargers in a contest that the Mariners dominated from start to finish. Despite being relatively short handed due to injury and illness, Rocky Hill only allowed 9 total points in the first half thanks to great defensive pressure by Carter Holubesko ’25 (Middletown, RI) and and John David O’Hara ’24 (East Greenwich, RI), who totaled 7 steals between the two of them. If things were good in the first half, they only improved in the second. The Mariners cycled through their whole bench, but still only allowed 6 total points in the last 14 minutes of the game.

Kian Garcia ’26 (Kingston, RI), having battled through a foot injury to start the season, had one of his best games of the season and recorded a double double with SEVEN offensive rebounds. Brayden Martin ’28 (Coventry, RI) also brought his trademark efficiency and distribution, scoring an easy 16 points on only 8 shots, while shooting 100% from the field. Overall, it was a great performance for the Mariners to start off a busy stretch of games to close out their season.

1/22/24 – Boys JV Basketball @ CATS Academy JV

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Mariners Handle Griffins in Away Game Battle

ROCKY HILL – 65, CATS ACADEMY – 24

Rocky Hill took their talents into Boston this week with a matchup against Cats academy. Coming off a loss the Mariners were eager to get a win and it showed as they took an early 13-0 lead and never looked back. Luke Lehouiller ’26 (Saunderstown, RI) started off the game hot hitting a few floaters in the lane while finding players down low for easy buckets.

Wesley Gould ’24 (Cumberland, RI) had his best game of the season dropping 12 points and 5 rebounds and Biagio Dicenso ’24 (East Greenwich, RI) also played tough down low scoring 10 points and grabbing 5 rebounds as well. Team Captain Cole Brown ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) had a great all around performance as he stuffed the stat sheet with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. Rocky Hill ran away with this victory 65-24.