Portsmouth held tough early on but the Eagles started putting some distance between them and the Patriots shortly before the end of the first half and never looked back.
“I thought it was a good win,” said Barrington head coach Patrick Sullivan. “Portsmouth is a very good opponent. They have very good offensive weapons in (Cole) Swider, (Brennan) Tierney and (Colin) Tullson. I thought the first half was tight as I expected, and then we pulled away a little bit in the second half.”The Patriots got off to a quick 5-0 lead, with senior guard Tierney sinking a 3-pointer followed by freshman forward Swider driving for a layup. The team put plenty of pressure on Barrington early on, but the Eagles’ skill — and size — soon began to wear on the home team.
“(Portsmouth) is not a big team, but they’re scrappy,” said Mr. Sullivan. “We knew that we’d have to take advantage of the height on our end by either getting points in the paint or offensive rebounds, or both. I think it was more of the offensive rebounds. There were a couple of exchanges in the second half where we’d get rebound, kick it out … that was very helpful for us.”Patriots head coach Joe Occhi agreed it was difficult for his team to overcome the height disadvantage.
“They were just too big for us at times — not every time — but we scrapped, we fought,” he said “It was a 10-point game at halftime, and I thought we had given a couple of extra opportunities in the first half to them by not boxing out as well as we could have. So, I felt like it could have been closer. And then Daugherty went off.”
Of his 31 points, the Eagles’ junior guard made three 3-pointers and also hit four out of five free throws.“Daughertys a hell of a player, and that is a very good team. They’re ranked No. 3 in the entire state,” Mr. Occhi said of Barrington.
Mr. Sullivan said his squad’s defense was also a key in the victory.
“Our defense in the second half was very, very good,” he said. “We really stuck with our game plan and we were disciplined in terms of who had the ball and what they were doing. We did a better job with our screen defense, we did a better job rebounding the basketball, and offensively I thought we were very efficient, for the most part.”
Also contributing for Barrington was junior Kevin Mannix with 12 points and senior Matt Rota with 10.
Swider was the high scorer for the Patriots, with 17 points including three 3-pointers.
Brennan Tierney had 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Colin Tullson and Jack Kelley each contributed 4 points.
Senior night game TuesdayThe Patriots next host Tiverton High during Portsmouth’s senior night starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25
Mr. Occhi said despite the fact that “there’s a lot to work on Sunday and Monday,” he likes his teams’ chances for the playoffs.
“Everything’s in flux depending on how the other teams do, but if we win (the Tiverton) game, most likely we’ll have a home game in the playoffs. If we lose that game we’re still in the playoffs but we’re probably going on the road,” he said.
Barrington next plays Rogers High School in a home game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.