Call & Times

Davies comes back, upsets Lions

- By JON BAKER jbaker@pawtuckett­imes.com

LINCOLN – Don’t look now, but Davies Tech is on a roll, and where that stops, only it can control.

Behind superb outings from standout sophomore forward Ana Gomes and junior guard Keeara Howard, the Patriots parlayed a seven-point deficit with 3:43 remaining in the first half into a thrilling 56-49 Division III victory over crosstown rival Lincoln High at the Gaskin Alumni Hall on Tuesday night.

And, in the process, they improved to 6-5 in league action. Just two weeks ago, posting a winning record so quickly seemed futile, but the Techsters are now there.

“This means the world to me because this was Lincoln we faced, and it’s out fifth win in a row, which is huge,” stated Gomes, who closed with a double-double of 15 points and 17 boards. “Everyone was watching, and we wanted this so badly.

“Coach (Joe Handy) just told us we had to handle the ball properly, take care of it, put pressure on the other team, make sure we got back on defense and keep running the offense like we knew we could,” she added. “He also told me at halftime I needed to box out with my butt and to rebound the best I could. He said, ‘Get every rebound,’ and I think I got a lot.”

Offered Handy: “This is our fifth straight after starting out 1-5, and beat a couple of really good teams that we had lost to with the exception of Woonsocket. The thing is, we’ve been in every game but that one, so we know what we have to do. We have to take care of the ball, make sure we play smart all the time and rebound.

“I will say I’m extremely confident in our inside game, and I think our defense was key. We really had to disrupt them, and I thought we did a good job of that.”

For the Pats, Howard managed 14 points, seven steals and five assists, while senior tri-captain/center Jenny Cruz mustered only four points but 15 rebounds. Other critical contributi­ons came from sophomore Dorothy Tavares (10 points, five thefts); junior Cheyenne Robertson (six points); and senior Alaynah Rubio (trey).

The visitors, on the other hand, fell to 7-5 in D-III action, doing so because of a ton of missed shots and numerous fouls.

Senior captain Yaritza Lara led the Lions with 13 points, while sophomore Elliana Wu finished with 12, senior co-captain Lilye Lasko and classmate Alexis Claudio six each, sophomore Aisha Carr five and sophomore center Emma Brunelle four.

“I’ll say one thing: The foul trouble killed us,” noted LHS head coach Lindsay Lacey. “I had to start pulling my starters early or halfway through the first half. We had a lot of calls (go against us).”

Still, with 3:43 remaining before intermissi­on (and after a tie and four lead changes), Claudio splashed a 17foot jumper to propel the Lions to a 22-15 lead. Lincoln seemed in control, though Davies had something to say about that, at least given their play.

With 2:22 left, Robertson landed two foul shots, then another 33 ticks later. Frosh Jaylene Sanchez followed with a 16-footer and, with 26.5 seconds on the scoreboard clock, Cruz a turnaround jumped in the key to knot the contest at 22-22.

And, over the final 3:33 of the final stanza, the hosts continued that barrage. Sure, Lara canned a phenomenal baseline bomb less than a minute in to give Lincoln the 25-22 lead, but Tech responded with its own trey, not to mention a pair of Howard jumpers over the next minute to spark a 14-0 flurry in the opening 3:33.

In fact, after Howard’s first layup (one that gave the Pats the lead for good at 27-25) at 14:38, they assembled a 14-0 run in 2:11 run. All told, going back to that 3:43 mark of the first, or 5:55 of game clock, Davies had outscored the Lions, 21-3.

With 12:27 remaining in regulation, Gomes drained a putback for the 36-25 advantage.

The Lions battled back to slice it to six three times, and five in the waning seconds, though Tavares nailed two freebies with 36 ticks left to ice it.

“Like I said, we’re strong on the boards, and defensivel­y, we held Lara to 12 points; she’s a great scorer, and we respect her,” Handy said. “We brought in a freshman, Dorothy, to pressure, and she more than did her job. We also wanted to keep pressure on their point guard, Wu. We wanted to control the boards and run every chance we had.

“When we slowed it down, we wanted to pound it down low, and we did.”

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LINCOLN (49) – Yaritza Lara 5 2-2 13, Elliana Wu 5 1-2 12, Lilye Lasko 3 0-0 6, Emma Brunelle 2 0-0 4, Alex Claudio 2 2-2 6, Aisha Saar 2 1-3 5, Elizabeth Hien 0 0-0 0, Drew Swanson 0 0-0 0, Neriah Bernardino 0 0-0 0, Makayla Horan 1 1-2 3, Isabella DeCubellis 0 0-0 0, Gabriella Passarelli 0 0-0 0; totals 20 7-11 49. DAVIES TECH (56) – Ana Gomes 5 5-8 15, Keeara Howard 5 4-7 14, Dorothy Tavares 3 4-5 10, Cheyenne Robertson 1 3-4 6, Jenny Cruz 2 0-2 4, Julianna Rosado 0 0-0 0, Alaynah Rubio 1 0-0 3, Emma Ise 0 0-0 0, Quessadde Johnson 0 0-2 2, Jaylene Sanchez 1 0-0 2, Fatou Coulibaly 0 0-0 0, Paola Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Luisa Restrepo 0 0-0 0, Alexia Guzman 0 0-0 0; totals 19 16-28 56. Three-point field goals: Lara, Wu, Rubio, Robertson.

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