Pa­tri­ots too much for Pride

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By JON BAKER jbaker@paw­tuck­et­tiumes.com

CUM­BER­LAND – Thurs­day evening pro­vided the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Black­stone Val­ley Prep to of­fi­cially open its beau­ti­ful new gym­na­sium, lo­cated at 65 Ma­con­dray St., per­haps two blocks from the Lusi­ta­nia Club.

Most of the Pride, how­ever, wish it could have come un­der bet­ter cir­cum­stances.

Davies Tech lit up the score­board dur­ing the two foes’ In­jury Fund clash be­fore at least 100 fans, most of them stu­dents. Se­nior cap­tain Julie De­sautel pro­duced 23 points, four steals and two re­bounds, and ju­nior cen­ter Thalia Philippe chipped in nine points, 19 boards and six blocks dur­ing an easy 60-28 vic­tory.

Fresh­man Ana Gomes man­aged four points and nine re­bounds, while ju­nior Sam Baako added seven points, class­mate Tiana Spooner four and Brenna Wil­liams the sane for the Pa­tri­ots.

Se­nior tri-cap­tain Si­mone Bar­ros paced BVPwith a teamhigh 12, not to men­tion five boards and three as­sists. Other key con­tri­bu­tions came from sopho­more Sole Mi­randa (six points, two re­bounds); se­nior tri-cap­tain Gladis Ri­cau­rte (four points); and fel­low cap­tain Faith Ramos (two points, seven boards).

“Jules had 23, and that’s how she can play,” stated vet­eran head coach Joe Handy about one of his stand­outs. “She’s been play­ing with a lot of in­ten­sity since her fresh­man yeat, and she’s con­tin­u­ing to build con­fi­dence. She had a great year last sea­son, and she was very ea­ger to get that mo­men­tum started this year.

“She’s a work horse; you can tell by the way she plays the game.”

Handy ad­mit­ted his squad’s cam­paign opener was “pretty ugly,” as Davies closed with 28 turnovers and the Pride 29, but wasn’t as up­set as one would think he’s be.

“It was re­ally sloppy out there, but it’s the be­gin­ning of the year; you have to wait and see how the teams jell,” he noted. “We only have one se­nior, so we’re pretty young, and you’re go­ing to make your share of mis­takes.

“I’m still go­ing to throw them into the fire and ex­pect them to play ag­gres­sive bas­ket­ball from start to fin­ish. If a few turnovers and fouls come as a re­sult, I’ll take it, as long as we’re im­prov­ing.”

Of­fered BVP men­tor Ed Laskowski: “We had too many turnovers, and that’s the same big prob­lem we had last year. We’re go­ing to try to re­duce the amount, though it’s go­ing to take time. We just have to play smarter while still be­ing fast and ag­gres­sive.

“The ag­gres­sive part? That’s why so many fouls were called against us. We just have to play cleaner with more ag­gres­sive­ness. That should come with time.”

The Pride led only once; that’s when Ramos drained a 15-foot jumper for the first bucket of the game with 2:38 ex­pired in the first half. The Pats re­sponded with a 7-0 surge, cour­tesy in part of a De­sautel bas­ket and trey, and it seemed ev­ery time the vis­i­tors padded the lead, BVP would re­spond.

Case in point: With 2:12 re­main­ing be­fore in­ter­mis­sion, Ri­cau­rte canned a 16footer to slice the deficit to 17-13, yet – over the fi­nal 1:48 – De­sautel net­ted three foul shots and Spooner a short jumper to nail down a 22-13 cush­ion.

Des­tiny Bap­tista’s put­back and Cruz’s hook in the ini­tial 61 sec­onds of the fi­nal ses­sion pushed Davies’ cush­ion to 26-13 be­fore the Pride ral­lied for six straight points. Bar­ros snatched a steal for the layup, Mi­randa nailed a jumper and Bar­ros turned an­other theft into an easy bucket, that with 13:24 re­main­ing, to knife it to 26-19.

Ex­actly 35 ticks later, De­sautel stole the ball and sank the lay-in, and that sparked a 17-0 flurry over the fol­low­ing 6:02. High­lights of the run in­cluded a Cruz put­back, a De­sautel three-bomb, Mad­die Bras­sard’s trey and Philippe’s put­back 7:22 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

That gave the Pats a stout 43-19 ad­van­tage.

BVP fi­nally ended its drought when sopho­more Kaylee Al­varez dropped a long jumper 56 sec­onds later, 15 af­ter Philippe’s lone free throw, to make it 44-21.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

Davies Tech for­ward Thalia Phillipe (right) scored 11 points in the Pa­tri­ots’ 60-28 In­jury Fund vic­tory over BVP Thurs­day.

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