BLACKSTONE VALLEY MEMORIES
December 7 1953
Wilfred Davis and Donnie Payton combined to score 23 second half points as coach Larry Wildgoose’s East Side Recreation Center overcame a halftime deficit to take a hard-fought 53-48 decision from the West Side Center. Davis copped game-high honors with 22 points and Payton chipped in with 17, while Joe Ford and Bobby Arrighi also played well. For Cappy Asermely’s West Siders, Dick Blais, Bob Stephenson and Moe Marshall were outstanding in defeat.
Cumberland basketball coach Joe Dragon has only one regular back in 5-10 senior John McVeigh with 6-1 Greg Lukasiewicz and 6-1 Jim Kelly joining McVeigh in the starting lineup. Vying for the other two slots are 5-5 George Souza, 510 Don Heald, 5-10 Graham Smith, 5-8 Don Tucker and 5-9 Gerry Gosselin, while 6-2 senior Paul Stanlewicz, who was cut from the squad last season, has shown tremendous improvement and will be a top reserve. “We’re very green but I think we’ll be improved over last season,” Dragon commented in summing up his Clippers.
Ben Monroe collected three assists and one goal and Mike Keegan accounted for four assists as the North Smithfield sextet blanked Davies Vocational 5-0 at the Burrillville ice rink. Neil Narodowy opened the scoring for the Northmen with the game only nine seconds old, picking up a loose puck in front of the Patriots net after the puck took a weird bounce off the boards. Narodowy added a second tally in the second period and Dan Lemieux, Monroe and Jon Mundy followed with goals of their own.