2016-02-18 / Front Page

RHS and MHS Boys Ousted in First Round of Playoffs

Kirby Varacalli

Rogers’ senior co-captain Robert McBride, #1, watches Tiverton shoot free throws that all but seal the deal for Tiverton in the waning seconds.Rogers’ senior co-captain Robert McBride, #1, watches Tiverton shoot free throws that all but seal the deal for Tiverton in the waning seconds.The Rogers High School boys basketball season, improving weekly after and 0-5 start, came to a painful end in the preliminary round of the state’s  Division II Tournament on Friday night, Feb. 19, against Tiverton High School, the same team that started their early woes in December. The #10 seed Vikings failed to hold on to a 10-point lead in the second half and bowed to the #7 seed Tigers 53-50 at Tiverton. Rogers had dropped their first game of the season to Tiverton on their home court on Dec. 17, by a score of 60-45. Despite the season-ending loss, the promise for of next year was evidenced by the play of Vikings’ junior Jalen Forbes, who came off the bench to lead all scorers in the tilt with 20 points.

Tiverton’s win advances them to the quarterfinals against #2 seed Portsmouth at the Patriots’ field house on Tuesday, Feb. 23. That encounter will tipoff at 7 p. m. 

As Rogers battled Tiverton on the east bay side of the state, the Middletown High School boys’ hoopsters, who backed into the playoffs as the #11 seed in the D-II tourney, were simultaneously eliminated by #6 seed East Greenwich High 48-33 on the west bay.  Islanders’ senior Kyle Donovan had 13 points in his final high school game and sophomore Tyrese O’Loughlin chipped in 11 for Middletown. East Greenwich advances to play the #3 seed Narragansett on the road in a 7:15 p.m. tip on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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