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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 03-14-2019

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18 SPORTS & RECREATION MARCH 14-20, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Woonsocket junior center OUSMANE KOUROUMA, shown in action earlier this season, scored 12 points and played well on the boards to help the Novans defeat Barrington, 82-71, in the Elite Eight on Sunday after- noon at CCRI- Warwick. For the first time in their pro- gram's history, the Novans will play in the Final Four at URI's Ryan Center and take on neighboring Cumberland on Saturday at 4 p.m. so why not?" In order to reach the Final Four, Woonsocket needed to overcome a tough challenge from the Eagles, who attacked the Novans with their outside shooting and bagged 10 three- pointers in the game, including five in the opening 9:48 of play that gave Barrington its biggest lead of the con- test, 27-18. But the Novans outscored the Eagles by a 20-9 margin in the final 5½ min- utes of the half to take a two-point lead at the break, and sophomore supersub Eric Agyemang keyed the run with eight points and some strong play on the boards, an effort that wasn't lost upon Ciolfi after the game. "I knew (Barrington) could shoot; I didn't know they could shoot like that," he said. "I think Eric Agyemang gave us big minutes in the first half that really saved us. You could see how the game was going and it was like, 'This isn't going to work.' And when he came in, we got bigger and faster, and we led at halftime even though we got totally outplayed, so that was good." Both teams battled for the lead through most of the second half. The Novans took a 50-44 lead with 10:53 to play, only to watch the Eagles come back to tie the score at 54-54 with 8:30 on the clock, and after a three- pointer by Robinson-O'Hagan gave the Novans another sizeable lead, 64-59, with 5:24 to play, the Eagles came back with a 10-1 run to grab their 69-65 lead. But that's when the Novans switched to a zone defense, and not only did that give the Eagles problems, but it helped fuel the Novans' 13-point run. A pair of free throws by junior center Ousmane Kourouma with 3:35 to play and a baseline jumper by Robinson- O'Hagan 27 seconds later tied the score, and after the Eagles missed a three-pointer, sophomore forward Denzel Lyles gave Woonsocket back the lead for good with a jumper from the free-throw line with 2:31 on the clock. "It was (assistant coach Dennis Harmon's) idea to switch to a zone with about four minutes left," said Ciolfi "That's all him. Once we switched to a zone, I don't think (Barrington) scored again." With 2:13 to play, senior guard Justo Colon came up with a big steal near midcourt that he turned into a fast-break layup, and 19 seconds later, Robinson-O'Hagan made it a 75-69 contest by swishing a pair of free throws. While the Eagles missed two more three-point shots, the Novans built their lead to 78-69 with a minute to play. "We know we can score anytime we want," Robinson-O'Hagan added. "We just had to make sure we boxed out and stopped (Barrington) from shooting threes. They brought their game. I have respect for them. A lot of people can't play with us, and today they did." Lyles finished the game with 17 points and senior forward Josue Hernandez and Kourouma each ended up with 12 and played well on the glass. Barrington was led by its junior guards, as William Rywolt scored 24 points, Brendan Conaty added 19, and Ryan Bonneau had 12. FINAL FOUR From Page 16 overtime. Michael Canavan's goal off assists from Bailey Thibeault and Cee- Jay Laquerre with 5:59 to go in regula- tion knotted the score, and goaltender Ryan Forget turned away 43 of the 45 shots he faced in one of his best efforts of the season. La Salle goalie Justin Spencer, who spent his freshman year at Mount before transferring to the Providence parochial school, stopped 30 shots to key his team's win, including two on breakaways in the first period. The series opener saw La Salle again break a 1-1 tie to win the game, this time 1:41 into the final period. Again, the Mounties erased a 1-0 deficit, this time on a goal by Alex Pratt that was set up by Thibeault with 4:27 to play in the second period. MOUNTIES From Page 17 Woonsocket Connie Mack baseball team plans final signups WOONSOCKET – The inaugural Woonsocket Connie Mack baseball team will be holding signups for the upcoming summer season on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Renaud Field, and players born after May 1, 2000, who play for Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Mount Saint Charles, Burrillville, and Cumberland, are wel- come to register. Woonsocket and Chariho are this summer's newcomers in the 16-team R.I. Connie Mack Wood Bat League. Games will be played on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m., and the cost per player will be $100. For more information, contact coach Tommy Brien at 401-636-7826. Want to turn 'likes' into business? Can't figure out how? Let us help! We can help you manage your Facebook & Instagram accounts Contact Brad to get started today! 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