Narragansett boys basketball team heading towards the playoffs

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Narragansett boys basketball team heading towards the playoffs

DANIELLE HART, REPORTER

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The Narragansett Boys Basketball team headed into the playoffs as the #1 seed but ended up losing to a buzzer beater in the DII championship.  

The Mariners and East Greenwich Avengers were going back and forth during the DII championship. The game came down to the buzzer with the score tied 54-54. Pat Shea, senior, shot a contested three-pointer which banked in to win the game.

“My reaction and the rest of the team were in disbelief. And we felt heartbroken that we just lost that way,” Ethan Betts, sophomore, said.

The Mariners lead 26-22 at the half but the Avengers came back and outscored the Mariners in the second half. Four players from the Mariners scored in double figures. Colin Cameron, senior, had a game high of 15 points.

In the semifinals, Narragansett faced off against Shea. The Mariners quickly came out on top of the Raiders and ended the half with the score, 39-20. After the half the Mariners kept the lead going, ending the game with the score 60-48.

“We changed our defense by at different time having a different amount of people following him [Bans] around,” Betts, said.

Erickson Bans, junior, scored a game high 25-points for Shea along with Colby Corson, junior, scoring 21-points for the red and white. Three players from the Mariners scored double figures which helped them to victory.

In the second round, Narragansett had a 10-point lead on Juanita Sanchez at the half but the Cavaliers quickly caught up to the Mariners. 15 points from Matthew Calabro, freshman, put the Mariners back on top to finish the game 61-52.

“Just play, don’t worry about the score, just try to score ,” Calabro, freshman, said.

The Mariners ended the regular season with a record of 16-2. They have made it to the Division II State Championships 3 times in the past 5 years and won in 2017 and 2018.