The Revere boys’ basketball team is on a roll and has won two consecutive games, including its first victory of the season las Thursday against Lynn English. The Patriots took down English, 60-57, in front of an ecstatic home crowd in a tightly contested game in which Curtis High led Revere on offense with 23 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Meanwhile, Marvin Urdaneta narrowly missed out on a double-double, shooting for 20 points and nine rebounds.
“Lynn English are predominantly a good basketball school,” said Patriots coach David Leary. “The kids were excited to play with them and eventually win … We shot better on the offensive end and stayed patient … Our ball movement was better, too. We made the extra pass to take the best available shot.”
Revere managed to beat Medford, 48-45, on Tuesday night, though Leary wasn’t as pleased with his team’s performance. “Our execution was better on Thursday. Defensively, we come with energy, but we forced some shots early, and we didn’t do a good job of rebounding so they got second and third opportunities.”
Revere went into halftime up but lost the momentum in the third quarter and headed into the fourth down 33-32. “I’m happy with the defensive intensity, because our offense sputtered,” Leary said. “We could never really get it going. We didn’t shoot terribly, but it wasn’t great either.”
High had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead his team, though Revere was helped off the bench by senior John DiGregorio, who Leary dubbed the Patriots’ “sixth man.” “He had big shots when we were sputtering and gave us life in the second and third when we were trailing,” Leary said. “And Curtis has been excellent … in double figures the last two games. He’s just a very talented player with an ability to create his own shot.”