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The North Providence Breeze 01-08-2020

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10 SPORTS & RECREATION JANUARY 8-14, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – Winners of just one league game last winter, the North Providence High girls' basketball team kicked off its Division II season in impressive fash- ion last Friday night by cruising to a 55-22 victory on its home court over Mount Saint Charles Academy. The Cougars stormed out to a 22-8 lead at halftime and never looked back, as senior center Gionna D'Ovidio scored a game-high 19 points and led the way on the boards. Senior point guard Stephanie Saucier added 13 points, and sophomore for- ward Alena Rizzo tossed in 10. The Cougars, who were back in action on Tuesday night with a game in South County against Narragansett, will next host Westerly on Thursday at 6 p.m. NP also has three games next week against Ponaganset, Prout, and Scituate. PROVIDENCE – Down by five points with three minutes to play in its Division II matchup with the Moses Brown School on Monday night, the North Providence High boys' basketball team struck late to pull out a 68-63 victory over the host Quakers that evened the Cougars' D-II record at 2-2. The seniors led the charge for the Cougars, who evened their league record at 2-2, as Enzo Centracchio scored 19 points to lead the Cougars, Cory Johnny added 18, and Evan Gavlick had 13. Marcio Evora only ended up with six points, but he had some big layups down the stretch to highlight NP's late comeback. The Cougars were three nights removed from a 70-62 loss on their home court to neighboring Shea and the Raiders' 2,000-point scorer, Erickson Bans, who poured in a game-high 25 points. Senior Tim Walker sank six three-pointers to lead the Cougars with 22 points, Gavlick had 15 points, and Evora added 14. The Cougars are back in action tonight with a 6:30 p.m. game at home against defending D-II cham- pion East Greenwich. On Friday at 6:45 p.m., the Cougars will also pay a visit to West Warwick. NP girls' basketball team delivers season-opening win over Mount Seniors help NP boys' basketball team stop Moses Brown, 68-63 had produced 39 goals and 36 assists in his high school career. "We wore him out a little bit, but he's one of our better players, so he was out there a lot. But he's doing good. He and (DiLorenzo) have been putting the puck in the net." North Providence junior Aidan Dorgan and Johnston junior Bailey Morin, who are back for their third seasons, and Tiverton senior Darren Medeiros are the squad's top defensemen, and Tiverton sophomore Ethan Arruda is back between the pipes after estab- lishing himself as one of the division's best young netminders last winter. "We're still looking for that fourth defense- man to tighten (our defense) up a little bit more," DaCosta said. "We might even move a forward back to defense." Also returning for their third seasons are North Providence junior forward Jeremy Gervais, NP senior backup goaltender Sean Tikiryan, and Johnston junior forward Zach Bernier, and NP sophomore forwards Ryan Vukas and Caleb Foreman are among the other players back from last season. "We have seven players from Tiverton and six each from North Providence and Johnston," reported DaCosta. "And I was told that there were going to be four of five kids from Johnston joining our team next year, so that's good for the future." Another thing that's been good for the Cats this season has been their access to Providence College's Schneider Arena for not only their workouts on Monday and Tuesday nights, but also three of their seven home games. Pawtucket's Lynch Arena will also host three of the Cats' games and their Thursday workouts. "Practicing and playing at P.C. is nice," said DaCosta, who added with a laugh, "and it's warm there!" As for this season, there are only five D-III teams – the Scituate/Woonsocket co-op team dissolved after last season and the Spartans joined the Prout School to form a co-op pro- gram that plays in Division I. Each team will face each other three times, and while four of the five teams will make the playoffs, that might not be as easy as it sounds. "We have a very good team, but the whole league is very tough," said DaCosta. "Every game is going to be a battle. It's five good teams, which is nice to see, and there are going to be no easy wins. But Pilgrim's still probably the team to beat. They're undefeat- ed and they're going for three (D-III champi- onships) in a row this year." The Cats posted a 4-1 victory over Mount Hope in their D-III opener on Dec. 14 at Lynch Arena, and two nights later in their debut at P.C., they skated to a 3-1 win over the Narragansett/Chariho co-op team. But on Dec. 21 at Warwick's Thayer Arena, the Cats faced off with Pilgrim and absorbed a 6-3 defeat. To make up for their lack of regular-season games – the Cats played 15 last winter and went 8-6-1 with an overtime loss – the squad has scheduled a handful of non-league games against teams in the upper divisions to help keep them sharp. Last Thursday afternoon at Route 146's Rhode Island Sports Center, the Cats suf- fered a 3-2 loss to Lincoln, which is expected to be one of the Division II's top teams this year, and two nights later at P.C., they played another D-II team, Coventry, and came away with a 6-1 triumph. The Cats will return to their D-III schedule on Friday at 8 p.m. by facing off with the West Warwick/Exeter-West Greenwich co-op team at West Warwick's Magiera Arena. WW/EWG, which is 1-0-1, skated to a 4-4 tie with Pilgrim (2-0-1) in their season opener on Dec. 14. After that game, the Cats will be back on the road on Sunday for a 4 p.m. game against Mount Hope at Portsmouth Abbey's rink. 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