3/3/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. Lexington Christian [NEPSAC Championship]

Photo Credit Megan Williams

Mariners Fall in NEPSAC Class C Small Championship to Solid Lions Team

ROCKY HILL – 49, LEXINGTON CHRISTIAN 64

Rocky Hill traveled to Clark University on Sunday afternoon to play Lexington Christian Academy in the Class C (Small) Championship. The Mariners started the game out slow falling to an early lead to Lexington Christian. After a timeout about half through the first half, the Mariners energy shifted, helping them create a run that would bring them back within a one possession game. Rocky Hills defense was tremendous in the early going but their missing offense held them back from taking a lead in the first half.

In the second half, these two teams battled on both ends of the floor, trading baskets back and forth. Down the stretch of this game, Rocky Hill gave their everything on the court and the shots just couldn’t fall, Lexington Christian made some huge 3 point shots down the stretch that brought them to a win. Rocky Hill’s season didn’t end as planned, falling short in the Class C (small) Championship, but this was a great season for this young group that was full of accomplishments. This group came together throughout this season and played some great basketball as a team. Looking forward to see what this team has in store next season!

3/2/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. Watkinson [NEPSAC Semifinal]

Mariners Secure NEPSAC Class C Semifinal Victory Over Rams to Advance to NEPSAC Tournament Championship

ROCKY HILL – 68, WATKINSON – 62

Rocky Hill hosted Watkinson on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal game for the NEPSAC Tournament. The Mariners brought out all the energy to kick off this game, playing with extreme intensity on both ends of the floor. Rocky Hill jumped out to a double digit lead going into the half with help from Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Alex Lehouiller ’24 (Saunderstown, RI).

In the second half, Watkinson made a run to get back in the game bringing the score within 10 going into the final minutes. Rocky Hill showed resiliency after the big run from Watkinson, controlling the end of the game, and solidifying the big win. Rocky Hill now looks ahead to playing in the NEPSAC championship, tomorrow afternoon, at Clark University.

2/28/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. Faith Christian Academy [NEPSAC Quarterfinal]

Mariners Continue on in NESPAC Tournament with Strong Quarterfinal Victory Over Falcons

ROCKY HILL – 99, FAITH CHRISTIAN – 30

Rocky Hill hosted Faith Christian in their first matchup in the NEPSAC playoffs on Wednesday afternoon. Rocky Hill kicked off the game playing at a high pace, getting easy baskets in transition against Faith Christian, helping the Mariners get out to an early double digit lead. Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) and Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) led the scoring attack for Rocky Hill helping the team keep up the high pace for the entirety of the game.

The Mariners kept their foot on the gas in this game and held control of the game throughout. Rocky Hill secured a huge home playoff win to help them advance to the semi-finals on Friday.

2/24/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball vs. MacDuffie [SENE Championship]

Photo Credit Megan Williams

Mariners Take Home SENE Championship with Victory Over Mustangs

ROCKY HILL – 80, MACDUFFIE – 61

Rocky Hill hosted MacDuffie on Saturday afternoon for the SENE championship. The first half of this game was a battle between these two offensive teams, trading baskets back and forth. The Mariners struggled to get stops on defense in the early going but their strong offense kept them in front. Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) provided the scoring load to help keep Rocky Hill ahead going into the half.

Out of the half, MacDuffie scrapped to stay in the game, attacking the rim at will. The Mariners needed to swing the momentum back their way in the second half and AJ Shepard ’26 (Providence, RI) did just that. Shepard provided a huge scoring effort in the second half and made the winning plays on the defensive side of the ball. Rocky Hill extended their lead on a big run in the second half, helping them bring home an SENE championship. The Mariners played some their best team basketball in the second half, resulting in a much deserved championship win.

Rocky Hill looks ahead to next week, where they will compete for the Class C championship in the NEPSAC.

2/23/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Dublin [SENE Semifinal]

#1 Mariners Continue on in SENE Playoffs with Strong Semifinal Victory Over #6 Wildcats

ROCKY HILL – 97, DUBLIN – 55

Rocky Hill hosted Dublin on Friday night in their semi final matchup for the SENE playoffs. The Mariners kicked off the game firing on all cylinders, playing with tons of energy on both ends of the floor. Rocky Hills offense was overwhelming in the first half, allowing them to get out to a comfortable lead in the early going. Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) led the Mariners offense with their ability to get into the paint and make plays for their teammates. Going into the half Rocky Hill held a double digit lead against Dublin.

The second half was more of the same for the Mariners, getting whatever they wanted on offense and keeping their intensity on defense. Rocky Hill finished this game playing as a unit on both ends of the floor, allowing them to finish with a big win against Dublin. The Mariners now look to host MacDuffie tomorrow afternoon for the SENE championship.

2/15/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball @ Kingswood Oxford

Photo Credit Ariana Hernandez

Mariners Fall to Tough and Deep Wyvern Team

ROCKY HILL – 59, KINGSWOOD OXFORD – 78

Rocky Hill traveled to Connecticut to take on Kingswood Oxford on Thursday night. The Mariners started out the game playing some of their best basketball on both ends of the floor. The Mariners were playing great team defense, helping them attack in transition for some easy baskets. Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) was scoring the ball at a high rate, opening up the offense for the Mariners. Rocky Hill kept a comfortable lead for the majority of the first half until Kingswood Oxford executed on some pivotal turnovers by the Mariners, bringing the lead down to a one possession game.

Coming out of half the Mariners struggled to get any offense going, allowing Kingswood Oxford to take control of the game. Kingswood Oxford thrived off of the missed baskets from Rocky Hill, bringing the Mariner deficit to double digits. Rocky Hill didn’t have enough in this game to get themselves back in it, resulting in a tough loss on the road. The Mariners look to the playoffs now, come check them out next Friday night in their Semi-Final game.

2/12/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball @ Portsmouth Abbey

Mariners Suffer Tough Loss to Fellow RI NEPSAC Class C Ravens

ROCKY HILL – 60, PORTSMOUTH ABBEY – 72

On Monday night, Rocky Hill traveled to Portsmouth Abbey looking to win an in state matchup. The Mariners started out the game slow, struggling to get stops on the defensive side of the ball, allowing Portsmouth Abbey to get to the rim at ease. Towards the end of the half, the Mariners made a run to bring the game close with the help of Justin Urey ’27 (Providence, RI) and Elijah McNair’s ’27 (East Providence, RI) offense.

Coming out of the half the Mariners made an adjustment and went zone on defense. This helped Rocky Hills defense in the second half, keeping them in striking distance for the remainder of the game. Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and AJ Shepard’s ’26 (Providence, RI) efforts on the defensive end instilled energy for the Mariners in the second half.

Down the stretch of this game, Portsmouth Abbey executed on some huge offensive possessions, hitting big threes to keep the lead. Rocky Hill didn’t have enough offensively to steal this win on the road, resulting in a tough loss. The Mariners look to get back in the win column against Kingswood Oxford on Thursday night.

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

The Mariners Show Out in Final Regular Season Game Vs Saints

ROCKY HILL – 91, ST ANDREW’S – 44

Rocky Hill took on St Andrews on Friday night, looking to re establish their dominance at home. The Mariners started off the game playing their brand of basketball, getting stops on defense and getting out and running in transition. Rocky Hill built a large lead in the first half with big scoring performances from Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) and Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI).

The Mariners continued to dominate in the second half, playing some of their best team basketball this season. Alex Lehouiller ’24 (Saunderstown, RI) and Zishonn Allen ’25 (Providence, RI) helped Rocky Hill extend their lead with great efforts on both ends of the floor.

Rocky Hill finished out the game with a comfortable lead, winning a big game at home. Rocky Hill looks to take on Portsmouth Abbey on Monday night.

2/8/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. St. Thomas More P2

Mariners Lose Tough Battle to Strong Chancellor Prep 2 Team

ROCKY HILL – 52, ST THOMAS MORE P2 – 72

Rocky Hill took on St. Thomas More Prep at home on Thursday night. The Mariners started off the game trading baskets with St Thomas More. Rocky Hill struggled to get going from the 3 point line but Elijah McNair ’27 (East Providence, RI) and AJ Shepard’s ’26 (Providence, RI) inside scoring kept them in the game going into the half.

To start the second half the St Thomas More offense took over and built a comfortable lead scoring inside. The Mariners made some scoring runs in the second half with three pointers from Omar Grullon ’25 (Warwick, RI) but it wasn’t enough to get the win at home. The Mariners fell to St Thomas More in their first loss at home this season, they now look to get back on track against St Andrews.

2/2/24 – Boys Varsity Basketball Vs. CATS Academy V

Mariners Have Difficulty Early but Recover for Strong Victory Over Griffins

ROCKY HILL – 67, CATS – 45

Rocky Hill hosted CATS Academy on Friday night in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mariners started off the game playing their brand of basketball, pressing CATS full court and scoring off of turnovers and missed shots. Rocky Hills AJ Shepard ’26 (Providence, RI) was a huge part of their success in the first half, getting to the rim at will. Justin Urey ’27 (Providence, RI) and Travis Knight ’26 (Wakefield, RI) provided a huge help on the defensive end, turning over CATS in the full court. The Mariners went into the half with a comfortable lead, but they needed to keep their foot on the gas to be able to close the game out.

Rocky Hill did just that in the second half, continuing to extend their lead with a great defensive performance as a team. The Mariners coasted to yet another home victory, extending their undefeated streak. Check out the Mariners at home next Thursday against St Thomas More.