EP Townie Girls & Boys Basketball, Bay View in State Quarterfinals.
All Play on Tuesday Feb. 20th
Townie Girls Play at EPHS Tuesday February 20th 6PM
The high flying Lady Townies will face Juanita Sanchez High School (Providence) in Division II Quarterfinal play this Tuesday, February 20th at 6 PM in a home game. The Townies and Juanita Sanchez are both 14-4 to date.
The Townies only loss this month came at the hands of 15-3 Wheeler School on February 9th by a 69-40 score. Courtney Dorr led with 16 points in an otherwise weak Townie offense. Emma DaSilva was the next highest scorer with 6 points for EP.
But other than that, the Townies have looked great all season. In a possible preview for Tuesday's Quarterfinal match, East Providence beat Juanita Sanchez in a January 30th game, as both teams battled for first place in the Division II North. Lillian Conti had 17 points, Courtney Dorr had 16 and Shaniah Hazard added 14 in the well balanced Townie offense. Tanya Cooper grabbed 18 rebounds while adding 7 points for EP.
Wheeler was down by 18 points in the second half but rallied to take a one point lead over East Providence with a minute to play. However the Townies righted the ship and scored the game's last five points for the exciting win.
Other recent action saw East Providence defeat Scituate 48-36 and beat Lincoln 60-30. The Townies suffered a 41-37 loss to Westerly but rebounded with a preliminary playoff round win over Mount St. Charles 47-40.
Shaniah Hazard scored a team-high 16 points against the Mount and had eight rebounds. Hazard also had an impressive 6 assists on scores. Lillian Conti showed great defense and overall play. Conti had 5 steals to go with her 13 points. Tanya Cooper scored eight points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Lady Townies will face Juanita Sanchez in the key Quarterfinal game on Tuesday, February 20th at home. Game time is earlier than usual and will start at 6 PM in the Townie gym.
Townies Boys in Quarterfinal Action at Mt. Pleasant
Townie Boys Play away at 16-2 Mount Pleasant on Tuesday Night 6:00 PM
The boys EPHS basketball team has reached Quarterfinal action after a mostly successful season. The Townies are about in the middle of the pack as the state's teams all fight for playoff action. At times, the Townies have looked spectacular and at times the offense has worked hard to score.
On Friday February 16, 2018 East Providence’s Myels Nuey scored a game-high 20 points, 17 coming in the first half, and teammate Dion Hazard added 18 points to lead East Providence to an 84-53 win over Central in the preliminary round of the Division I playoffs. Deyshawn Tengbeh had 10 pts., Clinton Ogunronbi 8 pts., Juston Williams 6, Ben Sears 5, Justin Pena 4, Richard Pina 4, Connor Gordon and Julian Andrade each with 3 pts.
In pre-playoff action in February, the Townies had a roller coaster ride of wins and losses as they sought post season play. On February 2nd, EP bopped Cranston West 85-67. Dion Hazard impressed all with 30 points and Deyshawn Tengbeh scored 27. Juston Williams, scored 14 second half points (16 total) for EP.
In a close battle on February 6th, Classical got by the Townies with a 63-60 win as Deyshawn Tengbeh had 21 points and Dion Hazard added 21 in the Townie loss.
The next night, East Providence beat Central 64-51 for their second win over the Knights in the month. Myles Nuey scored 24 points for EP, 21 in the second half.
On Friday, February 9th, East Providence beat Hope High 64-47. Deyshawn Tengbeh had 26 points and Dion Hazard scored 17 points with 10 big rebounds.
On February 12th, Cranston East came into the East Providence gymnasium looking to face a tough Townie squad. The Bolt came away with a scrappy win over EP. Deyshawn Tengbeh had 19 points to lead the Townies.
After the 84-53 win over Central in the opening round of playoff action, EPHS Head Coach Joe Andrade said he remains cautiously optimistic. "We are capable of playing with just about anyone but we really have to be on top of our game. Facing the 16-2 Mount Pleasant team at their home court on Tuesday (February 20th at 6pm) will be a big challenge," said Andrade. "It will be a good game, our players can do it. We will take a game at a time and work hard," said the Townie coach. East Providence is 9-9 going into the Division I Quarterfinal match.
Bay View in Division I Quarterfinal at Home Tuesday
St. Mary's Bay View Academy will also play in a Division I Quarterfinal game against East Greenwich at Bay View on Tuesday February 20th at 6 PM. Bay View is 13-5 in league play. The Bengals have had impressive recent wins with victories over East Greenwich 47-41, North Kingstown 50-46, South Kingstown, 52-41 and by a 70-28 score over Lincoln. In the Lincoln game Bay View had ten different players score. Madison D’Ambra had 17 points for the Bengals and Cassie Pare added 12. D’Ambra is averaging 14.4 points per game.
Photos by Paul Tumidajski, Tyler Maxwell and Bob Rodericks