Two ORR teams take home travel basketball championships

Mar 15, 2021


The Old Rochester Regional Travel Basketball Association’s season was a slam-dunk, with two of its teams taking home Metrowest championships on March 14.

The travel association has boys and girls teams for grades four through eight. ORR’s fourth and sixth grade boys made the final weekend of playoffs alongside the fourth, fifth and seventh grade girls teams.

The seventh grade girls and fourth grade boys both took home the championship, with the sixth grade boys and fifth grade girls taking the runner-up positions in their playoffs.

The fourth and sixth grade boys both kept the score close in their championship games, with fourth grade beating Belmont 50-47 in overtime and sixth grade losing 59-58 to Newton.

The fifth grade girls lost to Franklin in the championship game, and the seventh grade girls topped Dover Sherborn for the title.

Fourth grade boys Coach Michael Devoll said the season was “very successful in light of all the challenges.”

Most games throughout the travel season were played in Foxborough and Taunton. And for most of the season, players had to drive just as far for practices.

“The challenge this year was that the gyms this year were not available locally,” Devoll said.

The teams were driving to Foxborough and Taunton for practices until winter sports began at ORR. Then, the teams were able to practice in the Junior High’s gym.

Devoll said that some teams were never able to practice locally, which gave ORR an advantage.

“That was very important for our teams success — to have practice times,” Devoll said.