Depending on which half you were watching, fans of the Barrington High School boys’ basketball team were either on their feet cheering or in their seats cringing on Friday, Jan. 31. But in the end, Eagles’ fans could cheer a sigh of relief at the (65-56) victory over the Warriors.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Eagles’ head coach, Patrick Sullivan, said after the game.
In fact, the Eagles struggled against Central Falls’ aggressive defense and accurate offense, outscoring the Eagles 27-17 at the end of the first half.
Corey Daugherty, who missed three previous games, had a 29 point night in his first game appearance since suffering a buckle fracture in his left hand. With his hand in a brace for support, he put up 11 points in the first half, then returned for the second half, sans the brace, adding another 18 points.
“It’s feeling better than normal,” Corey said of his mending hand. “Every day it’s improving. (The brace) wasn’t feeling good.”
In the first half of the game, the Eagles’ 6 foot 8 inch sophomore, Matt DeWolf, worked under the boards, collecting offensive and defense rebounds. In the second half, DeWolf exercised his shooting ability, as well, continuing to collect rebounds while posting 14 points toward the win.
Also putting up double-digits was Kevin Mannix, who added 10 points, and hitting two of three free throw attempts.
While the now 6-3 Central Falls team proved to be a challenge to the Eagles early on in the game, Barrington was able to unravel the Warriors’ offensive strategy, disrupting passes and stealing the ball to gain control of the game.
“We lost a lot of their shooters,” Mr. Sullivan said of the Wizards’ ability to take a 10 point lead in the first half. “They beat us to the ball.”
The hard fought win improved the Eagles record to 8-1 in Division II East, keeping them in first place.
The Eagles also showed marked improvement at the free throw line, a component of the game that can change the outcome. On Friday, the team shot 84 percent from the line, making 16 of their 19 unguarded opportunities.
On Monday the Barrington boys’ team will travel to North Providence to face the 8-2 Cougars, the number one team in Division II North.