EPHS Boys Basketball Record Season: 13-5
Townies in Playoff Game at EPHS Friday Night
With its exciting 57-54 homecourt win over Cumberland High on February 24th on senior night, the Townies boys basketball team, with 13 Division wins, has achieved the most wins in Division I play since 1979. East Providence has played well in other seasons winning 12 times on five other occasions. The Townies were expected to handle Cumberland on senior night, but the Clippers had upset in mind when they outplayed EP and led at halftime 29-24. “We regrouped at the half and realized that we were rushing things. The team played better in the 2nd half and held on at the end,” said Townie coach Joe Andrade.
With the Townies struggling at times, Richard Pina kept them in the game with 21 points and several key rebounds and relentless play. Brian Taylor tossed in 10 points and Justin Pena had 8 key points. Josh Kauffman and Zach Russell each contributed 7 points for the Townies come from behind win. The Townie basketball fans have noticed the boys surge as each game is near capacity at the Townie gym.
After the game coach Andrade was pleased with his team’s performance. “We worked hard in the off season and this group od seniors has worked as hard as any in recent memory,” said the coach. “They work hard and deserved this win tonight.” The team will now begin playoff action against Central High in Division I play. After Division I playoffs the statewide open tournament begins on March 10th.
Earlier last month the Townies defeated Coventry, South Kingstown, St. Raphael, Woonsocket, Mt. Pleasant and Hope. They lost in an upset to Classical 78-72.