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East falls in opener

Wizards hold off Bolts for 46-40 win

Posted 12/15/21

By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East girls basketball team dropped its season opener to West Warwick 46-40 on the road. The Bolts trailed by seven points heading into the halftime break, and although they were able to press the host Wizards at times down

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East falls in opener

Wizards hold off Bolts for 46-40 win

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By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston East girls basketball team dropped its season opener to West Warwick 46-40 on the road.

The Bolts trailed by seven points heading into the halftime break, and although they were able to press the host Wizards at times down the stretch, West Warwick would hang tough and close out the win.

Ayden Gulliver led the Bolts with 13 points scored while Mya Jiminez scored nine and Trinity Saab six.

Despite the loss, East coach Jhamal Diggs was happy with the team’s start against the tough Wizards squad that was ranked No. 2 in the preseason coaches poll.

“It was pretty good, we were down by seven at halftime, made some adjustments and got hot in the second half. Down the stretch, we just didn’t do enough to win. It was a close ballgame,” said Diggs. “We have a young team and I think the experience level ultimately cost us. I think overall though, they played great.”

Diggs was also encouraged by Gulliver’s outing, as it was her first game with East after transferring from West.

“She scored 13 points and it was not even her best game. I’m really excited and anxious to see where she can go from here,” said Diggs.

The club is slated to host Woonsocket for its home opener on Thursday evening. Although East features a young roster, the players are confident and look to play their best basketball when it counts most.

“We are young but they are confident. It’s a long season, and they are still getting used to our system, so for that reason I am not concerned,” Diggs said. “The attempts, the shot selection, it’s clear that they’re confident so I’m confident that they’ll get there. We just need to get hot at the right time, you don’t want to get hot too soon. Every day, every practice, we just need to make adjustments and get better and when that stretch comes midseason, we can really make that jump.”

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