Hurricanes advance to semi-finals with home game win
The Block Island School Hurricanes took on their first playoff rival, New England Christian Academy, on Monday in a heated battle and advanced to the next round.
NECA came out of the shoot scorching from downtown, but the Hurricanes’ defense was rock solid. Oliver Mott and Jaixen Hall kept the paint locked down, blocking multiple shots, while Tadhg O’Neill ripped down eight rebounds in the first half of play. Mason Littlefield kept the 'Canes in the game offensively hitting a few twos and a timely three.
At the half, Block Island was up by one. Hall and Conant, participating in the last home game of their high school careers, enjoyed a brief celebration of their accomplishments as student-athletes at halftime, while logging exceptional basketball games as well. “Our defense is there and that is what wins games. Our shots will fall, but we have to keep up the intensity on the defensive end,” encouraged Coach Mark Mollicone during the locker room briefing.
The Hurricanes came into the second half firing on offense. Mason Littlefield and Griffen Hall both hit a pair of long threes to start things off. Jaixen Hall continued to get to the free-throw line, while Thomas Conant buried a three of his own. But the competitive contest continued until Coach Mollicone wisely switched the Hurricanes’ defense to guard the three point line, recognizing NECA’s inability to convert inside of the paint. This switch proved to be effective and Block Island began to pull ahead. Mason Littlefield continued his hot streak and poured in another two more threes to seal the deal.
The Hurricanes emerged victorious, 50 to 35.