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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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BLACKSTONE – After reach- ing the Central Mass. Division III championship game last season, the Blackstone-Millville Regional boys' basketball team currently finds itself in danger of missing the play- offs this winter. The Chargers captured 13 regular-season games last year, but entering Wednesday night's action, they find themselves with just six victories, including their 63-43 triumph over visiting Dual Valley Conference rival Nipmuc last Wednesday, Jan. 30, that swept the teams' home-and-away series. The Chargers started out fast with a 15-1 run before taking a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 32-15 advantage at the inter- mission. After a halftime ceremony that included the induction of this year's BMR Athletic Hall of Fame class, the Chargers came out a little slow. Nipmuc outscored BMR, 15-8, in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 10, but the Chargers put the game away in the fourth by scoring 23 points. Unfortunately for the Chargers, who snapped a four-game losing streak with that victory, they saw their record drop to 5-9 two nights later by suffering their most lop- sided loss of the season, an 87-50 defeat on the road to DVC leader Hopedale. But on Monday night, they came back to rout David Prouty in a non-league contest, 67-30. "We've been on a little skid here," BMR head coach Shannon Ryan said after the win over Nipmuc. "We're just trying to play better and keep our intensity. I think sometimes we lose that, simi- lar to what happened at the start of the second half (of the Nipmuc game). We're just trying to play some of our best Charger basket- ball." Nick Donahue, Kyle Lubinsky, Chris Chico, and Herrick Blais are returning seniors from last year's NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 Northmen Hoops winter recreational season heads into stretch run NORTH SMITHFIELD – The regular season of the Northmen Hoops Winter Recreational Basketball League, which plays its games each Saturday at the town's high, middle, and elementary school gymnasiums, is winding down, and here's a look at the league's recent results, along with the top players in each game. The instructional and grades 1-3 divisions do not keep scores. Instructional League Top Players: Abbie Pierpaoli, Scarlett Matera, Lily Guilmette, and Julia Paul. Boys' Grades 1-3 Northmen Hoops Gray vs. Northmen Hoops Green (Top Players: Domani Horman and Jonathon Sweeney). Navigant Credit Union vs. Riva Homes, Inc. (Top Players: Kavan Bradford and Zachary Joly). Flash Photo vs. Rep. Brian Newberry (Top Players: Abram Gray and Cayden Dowling). Girls' Grades 1-3 Northmen Hoops Pink vs. Dunkin Donuts (Top Players: Allison Hebert and Hayden Peloquin). Northmen Hoops Blue vs. Saint Antoine Community (Top Players: Emily Smith and Annabelle Fleury). Boys' Grades 4-5 Harrison Farms 31, National Marker 11 (Top Players: Max Hawes and Peter Crowshaw). Kodos Jewelry 18, Accurate Auto 13 (Top Players: Julian Meriwether and Ben Cofsky). Girls' Grades 4-5 Northmen Hoops Purple 19, Holliston Sand 18 (Top Players: Maddilyn Silva and Amelia Smith). Village Haven 18, Northmen Hoops Orange 13 (Top Players: Emerson Deschene and Maddie Austin). Boys' Grades 6-8 E.A. Marcoux and Sons 40, Harrison Farms 20 (Top Players: Thomas Powers and Nickeli Alger). Northmen Hoops Gray 62, Northmen Hoops Black 46 (Top Players: Aidan Bienvenue and Casey Norton). Northmen Hoops Orange 32, Material Sand and Gravel 25 (Top Players: Ethan Battersby and Brayden Ricco). Girls' Grades 6 and Up Northmen Hoops Purple 32, Village Paint 25 Saint Antoine Community 30, ClassSick Custom 14 Boys' High School Division Valley Breeze 43, Threat Stack 38 (Top Players: Adam Dubois and Jamison Jarvis). R.I. DOT Bridge Design 61, Northmen Hoops Gray 41 (Top Players: Nathan Skinner and Cole Stenovitch). Time's running out on Chargers Boys' basketball team hopes strong finish results in return to Central Mass. D-III playoffs By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Blackstone-Millville's CHRIS CHICO drives past Nipmuc's JACK TEMPESTA as he makes his way to the basket during last week's Dual Valley Conference contest. Chico scored 12 points to help the Chargers post a 63-43 victory and snap a four-game losing streak. 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