Gelinas to Lockwood lifts Burrillville again
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Burrillville senior Jake Gelinas completing a pass to classmate Ryan Lockwood for a score works on the basketball court, too.
Gelinas, who completed numerous crucial passes to Lockwood on the football field over the last two seasons, made two big passes to the 6-foot, 3-inch forward late in Friday night’s Division II contest against North Providence.
With the Broncos holding a two-point lead, Gelinas fed Lockwood for a baseline jumper, and then with the Broncos leading by just one point with under 20 seconds left, Gelinas found a cutting Lockwood for what turned out to be the game-winning bucket in a 60-57 road victory.
“On that play, I pulled the ball out and there were only a few seconds left on the shot clock and I saw [Lockwood] flashing and I knew he’d hit it,” Gelinas said. “I feel so comfortable on the court with him because I know if I throw it, he’s going to get it – just like on the football field.”
“The bottom line is those are two alpha males who understand how to win,” Burrillville coach Kevin Randall said. “They never shy away from the big moments in their whole four years, whether it’s basketball, football or baseball. It’s nice to coach kids who understand how to win in big moments, and those kids do.”
Burrillville (2-4 Division II) had its best week of the season after sandwiching a home defeat to reigning Division III finalist Tiverton around road victories over Pilgrim and North Providence. The Broncos are playing in Division II for the first time in program history and they’re finally understanding what it takes to win games.
Friday, it took superb free-throw shooting for the Broncos to escape with a victory. Sam Clifford knocked down two free throws with four seconds left to secure the victory, to help the Broncos go 9-for-11 from the foul line. North Providence, meanwhile, was a substandard 8-for-16 from the line.
“This is huge,” Randall said. “We’re playing well on the road, but we can’t seem to put it together at the doom. The competition level is raised on some many levels because there are so many good teams. The big word coming into this week was urgency. We had to play with urgency for 32 minutes. We did that tonight and it was good to see.”
North Providence (1-4 Division II) led 2-0 and then for a moment later in the half, but the Cougars spent the final 19 minutes of the contest chasing the Broncos. Grant Prete shredded
Burrillville’s 1-2-2 zone by hitting five 3-pointers to score a game-high 23 points. The only problem for the Cougars was no other player scored more than 11 points.
Burrillville, on the other hand, had a more balanced scoring evening. Gelinas also knocked down five 3-pointers to finish the night with 22 points. Sam Clifford spent most of the evening driving to the hoop to score 17 points, while Lockwood added five baskets to finish with 10 points.
After playing poorly, according to Randall, in Wednesday’s loss to Tiverton, Gelinas and Clifford were superb in the first half Friday night. Gelinas made a pair of 3-pointers in the opening four minutes to help the Broncos go on an 11-0 run early in the game.
“The hoop looked like an ocean,” said Gelinas, who made all four of his 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes to finish the half with a gamehigh 19 points. “I felt good obviously, but the key is to keep it going on.”
The contest was tied at 25 late in the half when the Broncos scored 10 of the next 12 points to go into the break with an eight-point advantage. Burrillville stretched the lead to 42-30 2:49 into the second half on a bucket by Lockwood, but the Cougars spent the rest of the game slowly crawling their way back into it.
North Providence had the deficit at six with 6:47 left, but Alwyn Sousa missed three free throws – he received an extra attempt after the Broncos were called for a line violation. The Cougars cut the deficit to two on Prete’s fifth 3-pointer and the Bronco lead was just one with 40 seconds left on Omarian Vidal’s second-chance 3-pointer.
Burrillville, however, had a response thanks
to a perfect pass from Gelinas to a cutting Lockwood to stretch the lead out to three. The Broncos host Portsmouth Tuesday night.
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BURRILLVILLE (60) Sam Clifford 6 4-5 17. Jake Gelinas 7 3-3 22, Jonathan Bergen 1 2-2 4, Ross Lapierre 2 0-1 4, Colby Bouzan 1 0-0 2, Ryan Lockwood 5 0-0 10, Ethan Lambert 0 0-0 0, totals 22 9-11 60.
NORTH PROVIDENCE (57) Enzo Centracchio 1 0-2 0, Xavier Chaplin 1 0-0 2, Zach Estrela 1 1-2 3, Ty Jones 1 0-0 3, Christian Matarese 2 0-0 5, Grant Prete 7 4-4 23, Alwyn Sousa 3 0-2 6, Omarian Vidal 4 2-2 11, Evan Garlick 0 1-4 1, Patrick Picard 1 0-0 2, totals 22 8-16 57.
3-pointers – B, Gelinas 5, Clifford; NP, Prete 5, Jones, Vidal. Halftime – Burrillville 35-27.
MOUNT EARNS BIG ROAD WIN
BRISTOL — Tristan Cox, Jack Bennett and Isaiah Lee all hit a pair of free throws in the final 90 seconds and the Mount St. Charles boys basketball team produced a few crucial defensive stops to hand Mt. Hope its first Division III defeat of the season, 58-54, Friday night.
“It finally proves to themselves that they can compete with anyone in Division III, but as a coaching staff we’ve known that since the beginning of the season,” Mount St. Charles coach Henery Coleman said. “We led for the whole game, but our guys did a nice job responding to their run and keeping mental focus and doing what they had to do to push through and win the game.”
Mount St. Charles (5-1 Division I) received a team-high 14 points and three 3-pointers from wing Tommy Burke. Bennett added 13 points and Danny Johnson chipped in with 10. The Mounties are back in action Tuesday night MOUNT ST. CHARLES (58) Aidan Cox 0 2-2 2, Isaiah Lee 3 2-2 8, Tommy Burke 5 1-1 14, Tristan Cox 1 2-2 4, Gary Kalmer 0 1-2 1, Jordan Perry 2 0-0 4, Danny Johnson 5 0-2 11, Jack Bennett 4 4-5 13, totals 21 11-15 58.
MT. HOPE (54) Cam Santerre 5 2-2 15, Darius Costa 1 0-0 2, Jalen Kopecky 7 3-5 17, Jayden Simbaab 2 1-2 7, Josh Soares 2 2-4 7, Xavier Costa 2 0-0 4, Mitchell Huggins 1 0-0 2, totals 20 8-13 54. 3-pointers – MSC, Burke 3, Johnson, Bennett; MH, Santerre 3, Simbaab.
Halftime – Mount St. Charles, 24-22.
LIONS ROLL TO WIN
LINCOLN — Friday’s Division III crosstown clash against winless Davies Tech came at the perfect time for the Lincoln boys basketball team.
Playing their third game in the last four night and playing without three crucial players, the Lions jumped out to a comfortable lead in the first half and cruised to a 77-42 road victory thanks to 18 points from junior point guard Josh Jahnz and 14 points from Declan Quinn.
“I wanted to see that next-man-up mentality because we were missing a couple of key players,” Lincoln coach Kent Crooks said. “David Du, who is a great story after overcoming cancer, had a great game. The kids banded together and did a great job. Once you get a big lead like we did, you can change a couple of things and try different things.”
Lincoln (8-2, 5-1 Division III) followed up a frustrating road defeat to Mt. Hope Tuesday with victories over Scituate and the Patriots to stay a game behind undefeated Toll Gate for the top spot in the division. Friday, the Lions also received superb play from Cody Anter, Vincenzo Nassi and Du.