RMS Boys Basketball beat Tiverton 53-34 to Gain Playoff Spot.
RMS & MMS boys will compete in the Mayor's Cup Game at EPHS on Friday, Feb. 3rd. RMS Girls Basketball are 6-2 and Playoff Bound also.
The Riverside Middle School boys basketball team earned a playoff spot by defeating Tiverton MS on the road. Today’s win was the second in a row for the Vikings who most likely needed this win to have a chance to play for the middle school championship. “We’ve started out a bit slow as the season started, but the team has steadily improved,” said Viking coach Scott Breault.
The first half today was a tight “frantic” half with RMS toughing out a 29-22 halftime lead. “Our defense stepped up big in the second half, limiting Tiverton to just 12 points,” said Breault after the game. “Our offense did their part, throwing in 24 2nd half points.” RMS was led offensively by Jayden Fernandez's 17 points, Aidan Martins' 14 points, and Jacob Stover's 11 points. Also contributing offensively was JJ Renaud with 7 points and Jehuriel Fernandez and Jake Iacavone, each with 2. The team finished the regular season at 4-6 and should have a playoff game Tuesday.
Earlier this week on Tuesday, RMS defeated cross-town rival Barrington by a 48-36 score. The game started out close but Riverside gradually ran away with the game hitting on key shots, showing some slick passes for scoring assists and playing great defense. It was the team’s 3rd win of the season and kept their playoff hopes alive. The team was down 11-5 early in the first half before closing the half on a 19-0 run to take a 24-11 halftime lead. “Our team tough defense continued into the second half leading to the victory,” adds coach Breault. RMS was led by Aidan Martins' 18 points, Jacob Stover's 13 points, Jayden Fernandez's 8 points, JJ Renaud's 6 points, and Jehuriel Fernandez's 2 points. Also contributing great defense was John Wooten, Future Patrick, and Eamonn Reddy.
The RMS girls basketball team defeated Kickemuit 45-20 earlier, improving their record to 6-2. The Riverside girls defense was impressive, led by Zarae Hall, Lailah Valles, Jamie Andrews, Shelby Quinn, and Abby Raphael. Zarae Hall collected an incredible 30 points, 15 of which came from 3-pointers. Jamie Andrews, part of almost every play on an assist or rebound had 6 points. Lailah Valles, who played aggressively on both sides of the floor had 4 points. Jazyah Dugan contributed three points, while Genna Dos Santos rounded out the scoring with 2.
In a relatively new school sports tradition of late, Martin and Riverside MS Boys basketball will play for the Mayor's Cup next Friday, Feb. 3rd, 4:30 PM at EPHS. Should be a fun atmosphere and good basketball. The game will be played regardless of playoff results.
The Reporter will update the RMS Girls playoff status and the Martin Middle School Boys and Girls teams as updates come in.
The opponent, time and site for the first playoff game is to be determined.
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