Week in Review: Boys Basketball

Since the last posting, The East Greenwich Boys basketball team has racked up four convincing wins. They are now 7-0 in league play and 9-2 overall. The wins have all been decided by double digits. As seen in the box score, it is evident that this team has made a defensive commitment. They have given up an average of about 33 points a game. Defense is becoming a common trend for this group of dedicated athletes. Their effort has been there every night and it is paying off. 

GAME 1 vs Davies (1/14/14): The Avengers came out with energy vs a scrappy, up tempo game play of Davies Career and Tech. The opposition scored a quick four points, but that was the last scoring run that was let up. The Avs locked in defensively and held Davies to 12 points at the half. East Greenwich was led, again, by a balanced attack of Chester, Matus, and Eckles. Pat Lavan was facilitating the offense with numerous assists and 8 points of his own. During the contest, the bench stepped in and played very valuable minutes. Sophomore Matt Oh finished with 9 and Senior big man Sam McLimans continued to spark the energy on the defensive end by blocking shots and cleaning the glass. Final score of this one was 52-26 in favor of East Greenwich.

GAME 2 vs Mt. St. Charles (1/17/14): This one was all Avengers from start to finish. They had an aggressive mentality right from the tip, led by 18 points 10 rebounds and 3 blocks from senior center Brandon Eckles and solid play from Kyle Matus. For Mt St. Charles, sophomore big Alex Lataille was the leading scorer with 10 points. As a team, EG shot 91% from the free throw line. Also, the Avs held the Mounties to just 8 points in the second half. Free throw shooting and defense is a formula for success and East Greenwich displayed that flawlessly.

GAME 3 @ Scituate (1/23/14): After two cancellations, the Scituate/East Greenwich game was finally on. The Avengers came into a hostile environment at Scituate. Known for their multiple defensive switches, Scituate was keying in on Eckles and harassing the guards from the beginning. About 7 minutes into the half, East Greenwich hit their stride and began to pick up the intensity on both sides of the ball. Kyle Matus and Brian Gemma led the charge in the first half with lights out shooting. Then, Ben Chester took over the game in the second half. He scored 14 of his game high 18 points in the 2nd half. He simply could not be contained. Defense was another theme of the half. With in-your-face man to man defense, the Avs only gave up 15 points in the second half. When the buzzer sounded, EG came out with a 60-41 victory. 

GAME 4 vs Toll Gate (1/24/14): Almost seems repetitive.... defense, free throws, and balanced scoring. All three concepts were in full effect against Tollgate Friday night. Again, led by the Big 3 of Ben Chester, Kyle Matus, and Brandon Eckles. They combined for 39 of the team's 62 points. Sophomores Matt  Oh and Brian Gemma both pitched in 9 points. Pat Lavan and Quinn Sullivan split time at point guard and were throwing magnificent passes.  On the defensive end, EG kept Tollgate below 40. Scoring 19 in each half. With about 3 minutes to go, subs came in and the bench go to show what they got. Sam Mclimans, Adam Duvall, Josh Fradin, and Matt Wegzyn all stepped up in their varsity minutes. 

In the midst of snowfall and midterms, there has been a lot of downtime for the Avengers, but there is no slowing them down. They are playing team-oriented basketball and have a tough week ahead.

Upcoming Schedule:

Sunday 1/26/14 EG @ Burriville 4:45pm

Tuesday 1/28/14 EG @ Juanita Sanchez 7:00pm

Friday 1/31/14 EG @ Warwick Vets 7:00pm

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