Classical, Hendricken, Smithfield, LaSalle Advance To Boys Basketball Final Four

By Nick Coit

The Final Four is set in the high school boys basketball Open State Tournament.

At Brown University Sunday, the Classical Purple beating Westerly, 71-60, to advance. David Duke had 26 points for Classical, weathering a 36-point performance from the Bulldogs Jacee Hamelin.

Playing without the state’s leading scorer, Chris Herren, Portsmouth was unable to hold off Hendricken in an 85-32 loss. The Hawks will play Classical Saturday at 4:00PM at the Ryan Center.

Nathan Patenaude scoring a game-high 26 points to help Smithfield move on past Narragansett, 69-54.

The Sentinels will play LaSalle next. The defending state champion Rams taking down East Providence, 69-60. Lawrence Sabir scored 32 points for LaSalle.