Geli­nas to Lock­wood lifts Bur­ril­lville again

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By BRANDEN MELLO [email protected]­et­call.com

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.

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