Boys Basketball Senior Night Game (2/10)

by Mary Murphy

The boys basketball senior night game was filled with energy and competition as the boys fought hard against East Providence this past Friday night, while honoring their five seniors. From the start of warmups, the excitement to play was evident. The team acknowledged seniors William Erickson, Grogan O’Brien, Ryan Marcantonio, Luke Pedro and Ethan Faunce with thoughtful speeches, gifts, and flowers before tip off. 

The support from the student body, fans and the festivities of senior night brought forth a great spirit, as both teams were hungry for the win. JV and assistant coach Luke Scaramella comments, “…we had great energy on both ends of the floor last night. We had a great crowd for senior night and the boys fed off of that energy.”

Senior captain Ryan Marcantonio runs onto the court while supported by his teammates and two coaches.

The game was back and forth between East Greenwich and East Providence throughout the four quarters. East Greenwich was relentless and kept the intensity at a high level. A nail biting fourth quarter resulted in East Providence taking the win over East Greenwich with a score of 58 to 55. 

Scaramella reflects on the goals of this season. “Our main goal was to make the playoffs with five D1 wins, and seeing as we lost a close one last night, we will fall short of our goal there.” 

However, he brings up other goals and accomplishments that the team was able to achieve over the course of this season. The boys basketball team has been trying to take the tough shots and they delivered this game. 

“That was great to see because the ability to make tough shots in Division 1 is necessary to compete with the best teams in the state.” 

Another goal of the team was to increase their win total from last year. They were able to check that box as well. 

Lastly, he comments on the team starting off strong, stating, “We also got off to a great start, we often do at home, but being in division 1 Coach Gee and I are always stressing to the players that we need to get off to good starts.”

The seniors were able to have a competitive senior night and play with their teammates for one of the last times. Senior captain Ryan Marcantonio shares his thoughts on this season.

“We did not have the results we would have liked or hoped for but we had fun as a team with the support of our great coaches and fans.” 

The seniors brought a lot to the team this year and were a big contributor to the great results of this season.

The team huddles together reflecting on the first half and what they need to do for the remainder of the game. 

Scaramella adds, “Our seniors have brought great leadership to our team.  All of them have different leadership characteristics but when all blended together it is a great mix. They also bring some experience to our younger team having competed in Division 1 last year.” 

The seniors were able to make the transition between divisions much smoother this year which contributed to the team’s success and ultimately, a great season. 

Marcantonio shares his final thoughts on his last basketball season with his teammates, saying “This season was so much fun and I’m glad I got to be a part of an amazing team of lifelong friends.” 

Coach Scaramella closes with, “[These kids] are laying the foundation for others to follow in having our small town of East Greenwich compete at the highest division level in the state.” 

The boys basketball team had a great season and their senior night, and it was a great way to celebrate the team that has led them to their accomplishments and memories this year.