Riverside MS Basketball avenges UCAP loss. Plays in State Championship Game Thursday
Vikings to play Woonsocket for State Championship on Thursday, 6 PM at Cranston East High
Riverside Middle School boys basketball avenged their only loss of the season a week ago against a strong, previously unbeaten UCAP (Providence) team in a lopsided 77-40 win today at Johnston High School. The semifinal victory today, Tuesday, puts the Vikings in the state middle school championship game this Thursday night at 6 PM. The game will be played at Cranston East High School.
In opening round playoff action UCAP beat a sluggish RMS performance, winning by a 93-67 score. But the Vikings turned that around today as they dominated UCAP in all aspects of the game.
“We ran out to a big lead early on and along with a tough defense we led 42-14 at halftime,” said head Riverside coach Scott Breault. Riverside continued to play aggressive in the second half and never looked back. The team was led by Xavier Hazard's 26 points, Trey Rezendes’ 22 points, and Skyller Garcia's 12 points. Others getting into the scoring column were Kenaz Ochogwu (6 points 4 blocks), Cameron Evora (4 points), Domenic Miatao (3 points), Darius Davis and Gavin Palumbo (2 points each).
Asked what made the difference in today's win against unbeaten UCAP, Coach Breault said that "... we closed out better on defense, rebounded better and rotated back. The team was much more focused and executed the game plan."
The Vikings will play Woonsocket on Thursday for the state championship.