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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation @ FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 SCITUATE – It's always an intense matchup whenever Scituate and Ponaganset face each other in a boys' basketball game, and last Thursday night's showdown at the Spartans' gym was no different. After battling their rivals throughout the first half, the Spartans made some defensive adjustments in the second and were able to pull away and down the Chieftains, 60-44. The win upped the Spartans' Division III record to 4-0, which is their best start in years and doubled their win total from the previous sea- son, and the victory came over a team that dropped to 1-3, but certainly didn't play like a squad with a losing record. "I said pre-game (to the players) that when (Ponaganset) was very good and we weren't so good, it was always a rock fight and close no mat- ter what," Scituate head coach Ralph Apici noted. "And in the years when we were very good and they were on the downslide and rebuilding, it was always a two- or three-point game." The Chieftains never led in the game, but thanks to their aggressive defense that led to a lot of turnovers and their successful perimeter shoot- ing, they were in the game for most of the night. The Spartans held a 13-9 lead after a quarter of play, and three-pointers from seniors Keilan Walsh and Ben DeAngelis and a pair of free throws from Anthony Piccolo helped Scituate take a 23-13 advantage in the second quarter. The Spartans soon extended its lead to 28-16, but junior Ryan Krupa hit back-to-back three-pointers and Sal Bianca sank another one to help the Chieftains head into halftime down by just three points. "A lot of credit goes to Ponaganset," Apici said. "They played good, aggressive defense, and they came storming back and hit some big threes. At halftime, we made some defensive adjustments, with the two guards up top and the two forwards, and that seemed to help." Ponaganset kept the score close in the third quarter and twice got to within a point, but Scituate ended the quarter with a 12-4 run and headed into the fourth quarter with a 42-33 advantage and firm control of the outcome. Both teams received balanced scor- ing, as the Spartans saw DeAngelis lead the way with 13 points, junior Mike D'Angelo score 12, senior Keene Yena add 10, and Walsh toss in eight. The Chieftains were led by senior Lucas Pierce's 12 points, Krupa's 11, and Bianca's eight. "I think the big thing with this team, as compared to the last two years, when most of these guys were start- ers as sophomores and juniors, is that they believe in themselves this year," Apici said about his team's solid start. "The other years, they were wait- ing for the other shoe to drop. They didn't have enough confidence in themselves." Unfortunately for the Spartans, they suffered their first loss two afternoons later at West Warwick, as Yena poured in a game-high 30 points, but no one else on the team scored more than six in their 57-46 defeat. Ponaganset was also dealt a 66-53 defeat at home to Blackstone Valley Prep last Saturday, but Bianca scored 18 points, Pierce added 16, and junior Adam Bucci had eight to lead the Chieftains. The Spartans, who were sched- uled to host undefeated Davies on Tuesday and pay a visit to Exeter/ West Greenwich the following night, will wrap up their regular season next week by playing Times2 Academy and Central Falls. Ponaganset, which was slated to visit West Warwick on Wednesday, will battle Mount Saint Charles, St. Patrick Academy, and Davies next week. Scituate races past Ponaganset Boys' hoop team's 4-1 start doubles win total from previous season By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Ponaganset senior GARRETT BOLWELL, left, and Scituate sophomore PETER CATANZARO battle for a rebound under the net during last Thursday's Division III showdown at the Spartans' gym. The Spartans picked up their fourth win of the season by posting a 60-44 victory over their neighboring rivals. 2021 SPRING SOFTBALL REGISTRATION Spring is right around the corner and Scituate Girls Softball (SGS) is preparing for the 2021 season. Registration is now open for all girls ages 4-18 and there are no more residency restrictions so register and tell all your friends! We are looking forward to getting the girls back outside and playing softball. OPEN REGISTRATION DATES: February 2, 2021 - March 14, 2021 WHO IS ELIGIBLE / OTHER INFO: All girls ages 4-18 (as of 12/31/2020) DIVISION AGE CRITERIA: Player's division age is determined as of December 31, 2020 WHERE TO REGISTER: Online at If you have any questions, please email us at: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3 Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 02865 401-475-6116 Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! You'll Like What You Hear

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