By Amanda Dronzek
The EGHS Avengers boys varsity basketball team started off the week by extending their winning streak and beating the Tiverton Tigers 52-44. The Avengers took a quick lead after #24, Mason Minghella’s layup. With a full court press and strong defense, the Avengers racked up another 8 points to add to their lead making the score 10-2. With exceptional rebounding, EG was able to keep the lead throughout most of the first half until the 6:26 mark where Tiverton cut the lead to 5 points and shortly after took the lead. With a few minutes left in the half, the center for East Greenwich #25, James Harwood, was able to come up big with a 3 point shot to regain a steady lead. With another short jumper by #33, Danny Prior, the Avengers brought the score up to 19-15 with 3:48 left. With 3:11 in the half Tiverton shot another 3 pointer to take back the lead. With the Tigers beginning to extend the lead, the Avengers remained focused and took the lead back after a 3 point shot from EG’s #2, Jack McMullen. By then, it was 22-20 East Greenwich with 1:37 in the half. By the end of the first half of the game, the Avengers lead 24-20.
East Greenwich began the second half strong with a 3 point shot from Danny Prior to tie the game. Tiverton quickly took back the lead with a 3 pointer from #4 Luke DelDeo. At the 10 minute mark, the Avengers were winning 31-30 which James Harwood quickly made 34-30 to extend the lead. With less than 7 minutes left, the battle continued as EG went back and forth down the court, Tiverton not far behind. With the Tigers only one point behind, the Avengers went back to a full court press to keep the offense back. With 5:45 left, EG made two swift back-to-back layups to give the Avengers some cushion heading into the final minutes of the game. With the score at 40-35, Tiverton looked for a way to take back the lead but were outmatched as Danny Prior hit a 3 pointer off the glass. With a 10 point lead and less than 2 minutes left, the Avengers led 48-40. Tiverton’s #5, Ryan Ennis sliced the lead to 4 after hitting a 3 pointer with one last opportunity to get the win. With less than a minute to go, the Avengers wracked up another 2 points. The Avengers went on to win the game as the Tiverton Tigers fell short by 8 points. The final was 52-44, East Greenwich.