UCAP takes RMS in Battle of Undefeated on Thursday
Riverside & Martin Middle School Boys & Girls Basketball Playoff Bound
The RMS boys basketball team head into league playoffs with a 12-1 record. The Vikings ran into a tough UCAP team on 1/30/20 in a battle of the undefeated. From the opening tap, UCAP dominated a sluggish RMS performance, winning by a 93-67 score. “Our team couldn’t get anything going. We were flat footed, watching UCAP run by us on several fast breaks,” said Riverside coach Scott Breault after the game. UCAP ran out to a 21-8 lead early in the first half and RMS never recovered. UCAP was unstoppable in all aspects of the game. UCAP also had close to 20 three-point baskets keeping the heretofore undefeated Vikings from closing the gap. UCAP also scored on several seemingly uncontested breakaway layups and dominated on defense. Riverside showed glimpses of coming back when at one point closing the gap to 34-27, but UCAP would quickly extend their lead. “We came off a lackluster practice and I know we’re a better team than this. We’ll have to quickly get it together as we enter state playoffs next week,” said coach Breault.
In an earlier 84-41 win over Winman Middle, the team was led by Trey Rezendes' 21 points, Skyller Garcia's 20 points, and Xavier Hazard's 15 points. Others getting in the scoring column were: Elijah McNair and Cameron Evora (5 points each), Kenaz Ochogwu (4 points), Gavin Palombo and Justin Jardine (3 points each), Joseph Chaves, Davien Jean-Rene, Darius Davis, and Eddie Turay (2 points each).
RMS used their size and speed to also beat previously unbeaten Feinstein 82-37 to improve to 11-0 on the season at that point. “We were led by our 3 captains, Kenaz Ochogwu (14 points) Trey Rezendes (16 points and 10 assist) and Xavier Hazard (18 points),” said head coach Scott Breault. “We benefit from a nicely balanced team as well with Eddie Turay and Joseph Chaves (8 points each), Skyller Garia (7 points), Darius Davis (4 points), Elijah McNair, Cameron Evora, Andrew Espada, Domenic Maiato, Davien Jean-Rene (2 points each). It’s a talented and hard-working group that feed off each other,” added Breault.
The team enjoyed an earlier 75-44 road victory over Park View. RMS was lead by Xavier Hazards game high 25, Skyller Garcia's 13, and Trey Rezendes' 10 points and 10 assist. Other scorers were Elijah McNair (9 points), Kenaz Ochogwu (8 points) Eddie Turay and Cameron Evora (4 points each) and Davien Jean-Rene (2 points).
In an intra-city contest RMS fought off a tough Martin team winning 67-54. The team was led by Trey Rezendes 21, Xavier Hazard's 17, and Skyller Garcia's 11 points. Also scoring for RMS were Eddie Turay (5 points), Kenaz Ochogwu (4 points), Elijah McNair (3 points) and Cameron Evora, Domenic Maiato, and Andrew Espada each with 2 points.
RMS showed strong play with a 65-31 victory over Hope Highlands early last month. The team put 4 players in double figures including Trey Rezendes, Xavier Hazard, Kenaz Ochogwu, and Skyller Garcia. Other players contributing to the scoring were Cameron Evora, Darius Davis, Elijah McNair, Domenic Maiato, and Joseph Chaves.
RMS GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYING WELL:
While the RMS boys were losing to UCAP, the Riverside girls did their part by defeating UCAP 46-21 in a game at RMS on 1/30. “The girls played well,” said coach Katie Lynn Kenahan. “Estrella D’Ambra led the Vikings with 18 points, followed by Ariana Ingram with 10 and Harmony McDowell with 7. Daisha German-Silva, who stepped up with Breena Hannon out with an injury, contributed many rebounds, solid defense and 4 points. Ava Williams, Mackenzie Pimentel, and Amaiah Ortiz each contributed a bucket, while Sarah Ogunronbi had 1,” added the coach.
The RMS girls basketball team defeated Feinstein in an earlier hard-fought battle last month by 49-31, improving their record to 8-2 at that time. “Estrella D’Ambra led our scoring with 21 points, followed by Ariana Ingram who gave 100% the full 36 minutes, contributing 13 points and countless assists. Breena Hannon added 9 points and many rebounds, while Harmonie McDowell rounded out the scoring with 6 points. Samantha Clarke contributed defensively with power underneath the basket, racking up many rebounds both offensively and defensively,” said Coach Kenahan. “Our team is working hard every game,” added Kenahan.
RMS girls also defeated Parkview 48-36. “The girls moved the ball well with three players in double digits, Estrella D’Ambra with 12, Breena Hannon with 12, and Ariana Ingram with 11. Harmonie McDowell contributed 9, while Samantha Clarke and Daisha German-Silva each chipped in a bucket,” said Coach Katie Lynn Kenahan.
The Girls defeated Hope Highlands 35-31 with a “heart-pumping over-time win,” with Estrella D’Ambra leading the team with 16 points, 12 of which were scored behind the three point line, while Breena Hannon added 13 points. Ariana Ingram contributed 4, while Harmonie McDowell rounded out the scoring with 2.
In early January RMS knocked off Bain Middlewith a 52-38 win. Scoring was led by Breena Hannon who had 21, and Estrella D’Ambra with 17. Harmonie McDowell contributed 5, while Daisha German-Silva had 4, Ariana Ingram scored 3, and Samantha Clarke had 2.
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