RHS hoop off to a strong start

By Jerry DiStefano


The Revere High Patriots girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are both off to very successful starts in the 2012 season.

The Revere boys’ team was blown on in its season opener against Lynn English, 88–58. Since then, the Patriots have played some inspired basketball, winning two out of their last three games. Revere’s bounce back game came four days later, when the Patriots squared off against Lynn Classical.

Classical coach Tom Grassa was looking to record his 400th career victory at the Patriots expense. Revere had different plans: They defeated English, 58–48, despite all that was on the line for Classical. Revere Head Coach Rick Hayes was ecstatic about his team’s performance.

“Classical is always a very tough and physical team… After we had a rough go of it against English, we came back and played a great game against a great team in Classical. I was so pleased with my boys’ performance,” Hayes said.

Down the stretch in the fourth quarter, Revere scored 11 straight points from the free throw line, with five different players stepping to the line and hitting big shots to ice the game away.

Revere traveled to square off against Chelsea the following night. The Patriots came out of the gates pretty slow against Chelsea but found themselves only down 29–28 at the end of the first half. Revere dominated the second half, as they outscored Chelsea, 32–22. Leading the way for Revere was the duo of Mike Ciambelli (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Gio Gomez (11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals).

Coach Hayes was pleased with his teamoverall. “My boys seemed to come out a little flat after a big, emotional win against Classical the previous night. We played much better…in the second half, which proved to be the difference in the game,” Hayes said.

The Patriots came up short in its last outing against Salem, 63–56, in a tight and competitive game.

The Revere High Girls’ basketball team may have the most memorable win of the 2012–13 season. The lady Patriots defeated English, 44–40, which was English’s first NEC conference loss in the past two years. It was a landmark win for the Patriots, and Head Coach Katelyn Leonard could not be any more proud of her team.

“This was quite the accomplishment my girls earned. To beat such a great team (English) in the first game of the season speaks volumes about my team. The girls know they can beat anybody on any day. As long as we keep our focus, this will be a real fun season for my girls,” Leonard said.

Gina Restiano led the way for Revere, with a game high of 19 points.

The Patriots were bit by Classical, 55–41, four days later. It seemed to be a let down game for Revere, but the Patriots did not waste any time in bouncing right back.

The Patriots squared off against Medford the next night. Revere was able to hold off Medford, 60–58, at home. Leading the way for the Patriots was Restiano (24 points, 7 rebounds) and Caitlin Caramello (14 points, 7 rebounds). Patriot freshman Alli Hinajosa stepped up in a big way and drained a pair of three pointers down the stretch to put away Medford.

Revere lost a tough game against Salem, 52–48 in their last outing.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have 2–2 records and will look to keep up their great play as 2013 approaches.