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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ FEBRUARY 13-19, 2019 PAWTUCKET – Tolman High's Donaldson Gymnasium was packed with fans and rocking last Friday night, as the Tigers bested cross-city rival Shea, 60-52, to pick up their fourth Division II win in their last six games. Both teams entered this week in the middle of the pack in the D-II standings, but while the Raiders were above .500 with a 9-5 record, the Tigers were 6-9. But records get thrown out the door when it comes to these two teams playing each other. Whether either team is having a good or a bad year, they still bring their best to this game. "It's a great game," Tolman head coach Bill Coughlin said. "(Shea) is a really good team. They are an elite team and their record really repre- sents them well. But (the win) was all about the kids. I'm really proud of them, and all the credit to them. They did a great job." Three players scored in double figures, with senior guard Justin Carvalho leading the way with a game-high 30 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists before fouling out with under a minute remaining in the game. Izaiah Rivera-Lopez scored 13 points, sinking three three-pointers in the second half, and Stanley Barbosa added 10. "He makes me look a lot smarter than I am," Coughlin said about Carvalho. "He's a great kid, a great captain – a coach on the floor." Carvalho and Shea's chief scoring threat, junior point guard Erickson Bans, went at it all night long, but Bans, despite scoring 26 points, had a rough night. He couldn't get into a rhythm and was whistled for four fouls, forcing him to take a seat on the bench for a few minutes during the second half. "You cross your fingers, but we were trying to take Erickson out of transition and make him slow it up and do more half-court basketball," Coughlin said. The Raiders go as Bans does, and it was a tough night for them. Josiah Diaz managed to pick up some slack and score 10 points, while DeJuan Hayes added nine and Isaiah Silva was a beast under the basket, picking up the boards. The Tigers led throughout the first half and brought a 25-21 lead into the second, but the Raiders scored the first seven points of that half to take their first lead. Nathan Rodrigues and Hayes tied the score with their bas- kets, and Bans followed with a three- pointer. But that was Shea's only lead. The Tigers came right back with a three by Rivera-Lopez, and when Isai Prince put in the go-ahead basket, the Tigers took over from there and soon found themselves with a 35-28 lead. Shea battled back to cut its deficit to four points, but got no closer to the lead. The Tigers have three regular- season games remaining, including Tuesday night's game in Wakefield against the Prout School and Thursday's 7 p.m. game at home against East Greenwich. The Raiders, who have four league games left, will visit the Wheeler School on Thursday Red-hot Tolman puts away Shea Carvalho's big night helps boys' hoop team net fourth win in last six games By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Shea's ERICKSON BANS, #2, is tightly guarded by Tolman's STANLEY BARBOSA, #11, and ISAI PRINCE, background, as he tries to make his way to the basket dur- ing last Friday night's Division II game. Bans scored 26 points, but the host Tigers defeated the Raiders, 60-52, for their fourth victory in their last six games. See TIGERS, Page 12

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