1985-1986 All State

First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
Carl Lee Hope Tony Almada East Providence
Chris Hyson Lincoln Scott Kent LaSalle
Curtis Moore Davies Curt Lucas Hope
Todd Keefe South Kingstown Vin Mancuso Our Lady of Providence
Danny Sykes Mount Pleasant Adrian Waite Hope

First Team Player Recap

Carl Lee of Hope, Chris Hyson of Lincoln and Curtis Moore of Davies, each of whom led his team to a class championship this winter, head the Journal-Bulletin All-State basketball team. They are joined on the top team by two of the state's top scorers, Todd Keefe of South Kingstown and Danny Sykes of Mt. Pleasant. The second team includes two more players from Hope's state championship squad, Curt Lucas and Adrian Waite, along with Vin Mancuso of Our Lady of Providence, Scott Kent of La Salle and Tony Almada of East Providence.

A season of Hope
Hope, as is evidenced by having three players among the top 10 in the state, had plenty of help as it won the Class A crown, its first hoop title in 25 years. The player judged as the best was Lee, a 6-foot-2 1/2 forward who averaged 16 points and had some of his biggest games against the toughest teamsAmong them was a 21-point effort in the title victory over Our Lady of Providence. But Lee's best best show came in a regular-season game against OLP, when he scored 20 points in the first 10 minutes as Hope won easilyAn excellent leaper, Lee also was a main factor as Hope controlled the boards in almost every game.

Lincoln's first All-Stater
Hyson becomes the first player in Lincoln High history to achieve first-team All-State honors in basketball, and he did it with a sensational all-around season in leading the Lions to the Class B-One title (17-1 record) and the Class B playoff crown. Hyson averaged 17.7 points, but scoring was not his biggest contribution. A pure point guard, Hyson controlled the game as a coach on the floor, more often setting up teammates than scoring himself. Hyson plays basketball year-round and could be called a "gym rat" with the amount of time he works on the gameThe 5-9 senior came up with two of his best efforts in the two biggest games, the last two of the season. He had 30 points, including the winning basket, as Lincoln nipped North Providence, 63-61, in the playoff semifinals, then added 22 points, 8 assists and 3 steals as the Lions swept past previously unbeaten South Kingstown, 73-51, for the championship. He was an easy choice as tourney MVP.

Into the spotlight
When Davies won its first Class C championship last winter, Moore, then a sophomore, was a supporting actor to Brian Daily, the school's first first-team All-Stater. This year, Moore stepped center stage. The 5-11 jumping-jack forward, nicknamed "The Helicopter," led the state in scoring with an average of 30.8 points. He scored more than 20 in every game but one. He showed he could compete with any team in any division - he had 41 in a nonleague game against Class A power La Salle and 34 in a victory over Mount Pleasant. He was named the tourney MVP in leading Davies to the Class C playoff crown.

Sykes, the leading scorer in Class A, finished second to Moore with a 25.2 average. That does not include two spectacular efforts in playoff games - 38 as the Kilties beat East Providence in the first round, then 33 in the quarterfinals in an overtime loss to Hope. At 6-4, Sykes played underneath on defense and was one of Mount Pleasant's top rebounders. However, he often played guard - even point guard - on offense and got many of his points on long-range bombs.

One of the few players in the league with shooting range as deep, or deeper, than Sykes, is South Kingstown's Keefe. The flashy guard led the Rebels to the Class B-Two title as South compiled the state's only unbeaten mark, 18-0. Keefe was third in the state in scoring, and best in Class B, with an average of 24.2 points. His impact was such that opposing teams played gimmick defenses, most often a box-and-one, against the Rebels almost every night. But Keefe was quick enough, and a good-enough ballhander, to beat the defenses as he not only poured in his 24 points but also led the Rebels in assists