O’Brien, Navigant win youth hoop titles

O’Brien, Navigant win youth hoop titles

Credit Union repeats as NPYBA Junior champs

NORTH PROVIDENCE – William O’Brien of the Senior Division and Navigant Credit Union of the Junior Division are this season’s champions of the North Providence Youth Basketball Association, thanks to their recent sweeps of their best-of-three title series at Birchwood Middle School.

Despite finishing the season in fourth place with an 8-12 record, William O’Brien caught fire in the postseason and swept McDonald Law Associates in their Senior Division series by scores of 52-44 and 46-24.

In order to reach the finals, William O’Brien needed to come back from a rough 4-8 start to its season, as well as defeat defending champion Councilman Baccala in its playoff opener, 38-37, and upset regular-season champion Green Machine in their semifinal-round contest, 48-40.

Green Machine had claimed the regular-season title with a 16-4 mark, while Clear Unit Security placed second with a 12-8 record, McDonald Law finished third at 11-9, and William O’Brien, Councilman Baccala (7-13), and Bagel Express (6-14) rounded out the standings.

McDonald Law punched its ticket to the finals with playoff victories over Bagel Express, 45-30, and Clear Unit, 37-32.

Navigant, meanwhile, repeated as Junior Division champions by posting 53-32 and 37-26 victories over North Providence FOP 13 in their championship series. Those wins allowed Navigant to end its season with a 10-game win streak and a 20-1 record, with four of the victories coming in the postseason.

Navigant won the regular-season title with a 16-1 mark that was six games better than the two teams that were tied for second place with 10-6 records, Barone Orthodontics and D. Palmeiri’s Bakery.

Marciano Law took fourth place with a 9-8 mark, and Polisena Construction and North Providence FOP 13 tied for fifth place with 8-9 records. Innovative Plumbing posted a 7-10 mark, and Lombardi Medical Associates didn’t win a game.

FOP 13 reached the finals by posting a 49-33 victory over D. Palmieri’s and a 44-43 win over Marciano Law in its first two playoff games.