Both teams traveled to Coventry High School to play the quarter-final game in a neutral location on Wednesday, March 5. And although the teams played for the full 32 minutes of regulation, the game was over for the Warriors half-way through the first 16 minutes.
From the opening tip-off, the Eagles controlled the ball and dominated for the duration of the game. In the first period, Matthew Rota sank three baskets, all 3-point shots, on his way to a 14 point night.
Throughout the game, 6’8” center, Matt DeWolf, had a definitive height advantage over the Warriors, taking in no less than 10 rebounds while adding 18 points to the scoreboard. On occasion, DeWolf’s reach under the basket turned teammates’ missed shots into baskets, as the sophomore took any tip-in opportunity that came his way.
By halftime the Eagles had a 19 point lead on the Warriors, who brought some fancy moves to the court, but relatively few baskets to show for it against the Eagles whose straight-forward basketball style brought them a 17-1 season.
Coleman Maglio drained three, 3-point shots among his 16 points scored and Corey Daugherty continued to surpass his 1,000 point career, adding another 10 for the night.
With three minutes left in the game and the Eagles ahead 64-26, Barrington coach Patrick Sullivan called a time out and seated his starters, substituting his junior varsity players who continued the scoring rally.
While the varsity players began congratulating each other on the win, Jonathan Friedman, Mars Bishop, Max Coutu, Jacob Bonney and Andrew Clements helped add another 11 points in their two minutes on the court, with Friedman contributing seven of them with a three-pointer, and going 2-for-2 at the foul line. Coutu contributed the remaining four points to close the game.
Barrington will face Tolman High School in the semi-final game on Friday, March 7. That game will be played at Rhode Island College at 6 p.m.
The Mt. Hope Huskies earned a trip to the semi-finals after beating Warwick Veterans High School on Wednesday.
The 79-55 victory moved the Huskies along the bracket to face Middletown High School on Friday, March 7.
The D-III semi-final game will take place at Roger Williams University at 6 p.m.