Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride


Little Leaguers have Cumberland bursting with pride

(NECN: Tom Langford, Cumberland, RI) People in Cumberland,Rhode Island are beaming with pride. The towns Little Leaguers beatthe squad from Andover, Massachusetts to win a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Ryan McCormick homered twice and drove in six runs as RhodeIsland beat Massachusetts 13-7 on Saturday. Cumberland American of Rhode Island won the New England Region championshipand will open the Little League World Series against the West Region winner.In Cumberland, the House of Pizza here is known simplyas "the House". It's a local hot spot, and you know they had the gameon the big screen today to watch the big win.Call these kids the pride of Cumberland. They are a group of12 and 13 year olds who defeated the Andover team to advance to the LittleLeague World Series."Very, very exciting," said one mom of the teamswin."I'm so proud of them, they did a great job," saidher daughter.At the Cumberland House of Pizza, the hometown fans arestill relishing the win."It was fantastic to see a team from Cumberland. Thesekids were playing their heart out. You've got a kid like McCormack that hit ahome run and a grand slam. They were down at the beginning and came back - itwas fantastic, said Ray Lane.There's a similar reaction across town at Josie's Ice Cream,where the players are regulars."Its really cool, because they're from our town, theycome here, we've seen them before," said Kaitlin Abbate."I want to say congrats to them," said NickBroccolo."I think its phenomenal. They deserve it, they workedhard, said Pat Broccolo. I'm proud of them." "We're ecstatic," said coach.In a phone interview, the team's coach, Dave Belisle, saidit hasn't sunk in yet that the team's going to the World Series, but it will. "I couldn't be happier for them. They've worked veryhard to achieve this. And our expectation level has been overachieved, saidBelisle. It's like a dream. A dream come true for these boys." That dream starts tomorrow morning with a bus ride toWilliamsport.When they get there, they'll be playing before a crowd ofmore than 30,000 people.The first game is Thursday, and its nationally televised.And you can bet there'll be a crowd at the House of Pizza,watching it on the big screen.

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights: Devin Booker puts up 70 points but Celtics get the win

Highlights from the TD Garden as Devin Booker had a historic performance where he scored 70 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win over the Celtics.

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”