Davies battles Wizards
Rainey delivers buzzer beater vs. West Warwick
WEST WARWICK — The play was executed to perfection. As a result, the perfect season currently enjoyed by the boys basketball team from Davies Tech lives on to see another day.
For that, they can thank Raheim Rainey. Facing off against a strong West Warwick squad on the road, the Patriots battled back from an early deficit, forcing the game into overtime where the senior came through in the clutch, nailing a last-second three-pointer to give the visitors a 78-75 victory that improved their record to 7-0 on the year.
“We knew exactly what we were doing straight out of the huddle,” Rainey, who finished the night with a game-high 31 points said. 20 of those 31 came in the last quarter and overtime, helping the Patriots overcome what was at one point a 51-42 deficit.
“We got together and we tried to stay as calm as possible. He drew it up exactly on the board, exactly what happened,” Rainey said, referring to head coach Bob Morris who concocted the final play of the extra session with 7.1 seconds remaining in what proved to be a thrilling, high-paced game from start to finish.
“7-0, which is good. Very good group, that West Warwick team. We knew that coming in, so it was a good test for us,” the Patriots coach said after the win of both his team and the one they had just faced.
Isaiah Gonsalves added 15 points in the winning effort, while Jean Marie Preira had 11 and Antonio Cabral, 8, but it was Rainey who stole the show, with the senior now sitting just 11 points shy of 1,000 total for his career.
“Hopefully, next game he gets it,” Morris said, but added that should the weather postpone Davies’ matchup against the Spartans tonight in Scituate, it would not be the end of the world. Should that happen, Rainey would mostly likely then have the chance to achieve the milestone on his own home court on Friday when the team is next scheduled to play.
Though there would be no fans in attendance to celebrate the accomplishment, it would still be a more fitting scene for the team’s top point producer.
Monday’s victory was far from a guarantee for the Patriots who trailed for most of the game before coming to life late. Rainey himself scored 20 of his 31 points in the final quarter and overtime, spoiling what would have been an impressive win by the home team.
Out of the gate, it was the Wizards bringing all of the energy, their 15-2 run in the opening minutes fueled by the three-ball, of which they would hit 10 by night’s end.
“They’re definitely a threat to us, so we knew that when we came into this game that they were a top team in our division,” Rainey said of West Warwick, now 4-2 on the year. “We knew who there targets were. He was hitting a lot of threes this game,” he said of senior Kyle DaSilva who connected for six on the night, part of a 21-point outing for Wizards.
Alex Johnson posted his sixth consecutive double double, racking up 16 points and 11 boards for West Warwick in the losing effort.
Davies found their stride after a slow start and pulled to with four points at 23-19 by the conclusion of the opening quarter, but trailed 38-31 by the half and 51-42 after three periods.
The fourth quarter was when they turned on the jets, as they took the lead on several occasions, but still needed the extra four minutes to get the job done, with the game tied 65-65 at the end of regulation thanks to two clutch free throws from Johnson.
In the extra session, the two sides found themselves knotted up, 72-72 before
Preira hit his second three of the game. DaSilva would respond on the other end of the court for West Warwick, but it would be Davies getting the last laugh in the form of Rainey’s game-wining three.