The Toll Gate boys’ basketball team knew it was going to be an uphill climb this season with virtually no experience on the roster.
Certainly the Titans were right, as it’s been tough from a wins and losses standpoint thus far. Yet, undoubtedly, Toll Gate is getting better.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Titans are 3-8 in Division III-Central but are in the midst of a five-game stretch where they’ve been close each night out.
They’re 2-3 during that span, with a 47-43 win over Johnston on Jan. 31 and, most recently, a dramatic 50-48 win over North Smithfield on Friday.
In the win over the Northmen, Josh Coleman hit the winning shot after a pass from Austin Giard in the final seconds of the second half. Jake Johnson had 12 points in the game, Adam Brice had 10, Burt Lu had seven and Zach Bacon and Kyle McGuire had five apiece.
Also in the past five games, Toll Gate has lost 59-58 to Scituate, 58-53 to Pilgrim and 51-46 to first-place Burrillville. The Titans haven’t had a lopsided performance since losing to unbeaten East Greenwich back on Jan. 24.
The Titans will have some winnable games coming up as well. Today, they travel to 3-6 Davies for a 6:15 p.m. contest, and then host 2-8 Mount St. Charles on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Also still on the schedule are games with rivals Warwick Vets and Pilgrim, plus a chance to get revenge for a loss to Juanita Sanchez.
Toll Gate can also still qualify for the playoffs, as the top 10 teams in the 16-team D-III make the postseason. Currently, the Titans are in 11th, just a half-game back of Johnston for the 10th spot. They’re only a game and a half out of the eighth spot.