The Barrington High School boys’ basketball team picked up a solid win in their first Division II tournament game, beating the Crusaders of the Prout School, 51-36, Wednesday night at East Providence High School.
The Eagles, the fifth ranked team in the tournament, controlled the tempo of the game throughout, never letting Prout get comfortable on offense and keeping the Crusaders on their toes on defense.
“Defensively we got it done, [we used] a combination of man and zone [coverage],” said head coach Pat Sullivan. “We held their best shooter to 10 points or so, and we also did enough offensively to get the win.”
Barrington got off to a hot start from behind the arch, scoring 12 of their first 16 points from behind the three point line. After Prout took a 17-16 lead with 5 minutes and 10 seconds to go in the first half, the Eagles shut the Crusaders out, going on a 10-0 run to end the half. Junior Ben Coogan cemented the half with a buzzer beating mid range jumper to send Barrington into the locker room up nine.
Prout cut the lead to as few as seven in the second half, but Barrington was in full control for the final 16 minutes. A string of nine out of 12 free throws for the Eagles to close the game put the quarterfinals contest on ice.
Senior Jesse Browne led Barrington in scoring with 16 points, while sophomore Corey Daugherty was second with 13. Senior Jared Silk was third with six points, junior Coleman Maglio had five, juniors Ben Coogan and Nick Raymond had four, and sophomore Kevin Mannix added three.
“This was a complete team effort,” said Sullivan. “Jesse Browne kept us in the game [in the first half] when we were struggling offensively, and Kevin’s big [three point] shot from the corner was huge.”
Eric Rameika led Prout with 12 points, while Justin Bristol added 10, Chris DiClemente scored eight, and Doug Buanonno had six.
Barrington’s next game will be the Division II semifinals on Friday night at 8 p.m. at Bryant University. They will play the winner of Cumberland and Exeter West Greenwich.
“We’ve been to the semi finals the past three years,” said Sullivan. “Now we’re going to go home tonight and get it done on Friday.”