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The North Providence Breeze 02-13-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ 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 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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