The Thunderbolts boys basketball team was upset 68-61 by the Blue Wave, who defended their home court and earned their first win of the season on Monday night at Hope High School during a Division I battle.
It marked Hope’s first victory this season.
The Bolts got their only win when they edged the Blue Wave in their first meeting earlier this year.
“It’s been a tough season all together,” East head coach Isaiah McDaniel said. “So, we got our only win against them when we were at home and they got their only win against us when they were at home. It’s just been one of those up and down seasons for us. The kids really getting their feet wet. None of them have really played varsity basketball, but they’re working hard. It was a good game. Hope played a very good, complete basketball game tonight.”
Hope’s Juan Severino, a junior, eclipsed all scorers with 36 points, while Damari Ferrell, a senior, had 11 and Darwin Morales, also a senior, ten.
Daniel Duarte, a junior, topped East with 18 points, and senior Skyler Delgado finished with 14 points, while Jamari Bell, a junior, had 13.
Hope drew a 16-10 advantage when Ferrell made a 3-pointer, seven minutes into the first half.
Shortly after, the Blue Wave took a 36-24 lead into halftime.
Four minutes into the second half, the Bolts pulled within 41-37 when Delgado made a reverse layup, and then Duarte followed with a driving scoop, before Daviahn Airall capped the spurt with a jumper.
With 7:46 to play, Hope’s Robinson Linares buried a corner trey and put the Blue Wave up 46-39.
Again, East pulled within four, this time at 49-45 with 6:04 remaining after Duarte drained a 3ball from the right-wing.
And again, Linares answered with another 3-pointer, this one after Tyreek Goncalves blocked Duarte during a fast break, and it gave the Blue Wave a 52-45 advantage.
East’s Nick Ricci made a pair of free throws after that and inched the Bolts within 52-47, with 4:27 remaining, but after that, Hope held on and walked off with the seven-point victory.
The Bolts hosted Woonsocket (7-6) on Wednesday, but the score was unavailable at press time. East plays at Mount Pleasant (11-2) on Friday at 6 p.m.