By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots girls’ and boys’ basketball teams had a nice bounce back, as they recorded 2–1 records last week.
The Patriots girls’ team started out strong against Gloucester last Thursday. Revere held a 10 point lead at the half and never looked back. The Patriots ended up winning the game by nine (44–35), led by Caitlin Caramello. Caramello was great on the boards; she recorded a monster double-double (14 points and 23 rebounds). Gens Restiano was up to her old tricks, as she led Revere in scoring with 15 points.
The next day the Revere girls’ team put on another impressive performance against NEC opponent Swampscott. The Patriots opened the game on a 10–0 run in four minutes of the game. The Big Blue started a comeback in the second quarter after their slow start: They cut the Revere lead to five (11–6). The Patriots closed out the second quarter on a 7–2 run to pump the lead back to 10 (18–8 at halftime). The Patriots took over in the second half, as they raced to a 34–13 lead in the third quarter. Swampscott fought back hard in the fourth to cut the Revere lead to 10 (41–31), but the Patriots were way too much for the Big Blue to handle. Revere was once again led by the duo of Caramello (11 points) and Restiano (8 points).
Revere Head Coach Katelyn Leonard is very happy with her team’s play. “Our ball movement over the past couple games has been great. It’s nice to have success considering how hard these girls practice and play every day. We are taking things one game at a time, but one of our goals is to make it to the state tournament,” she said.
The Patriots (7–4) had a tough loss against Winthrop, 33–31, on Tuesday, January 15. Revere will look to get back to their winning ways on Friday, when they square off against Marblehead at home.
The Patriot boys’ team was just as impressive as the girls this past week. Revere had a magnificent performance on the road against Gloucester. The Patriots dismantled the Fishermen, 69–52, last Thursday. Revere cruised to a 27–16 lead at the half and never looked back.
Leading the way for the Patriots was Mike Ciambelli (16 points, team high) and Gio Gomez (10 points).
It did not come so easy for the Revere boys’ team on the road against Swampscott one day later. The Patriots held a slim 51–50 lead after three quarters. Revere opened a five point cushion with four minutes left in the fourth quarter and never let the Big Blue back in the game. Revere ended up winning the game, 73–66, mainly due to Ciambelli.
He had a “Dwight Howard stat line” when the final buzzer sounded (23 points and 25 rebounds). Tommy Sor had a fantastic day running the point for the Patriots (18 points, 9 assists).
Revere Head Coach Rick Hayes is very proud of his team’s play. “We are playing a really great brand of basketball. It has really been a team effort every game. It is a lot of fun to coach and watch. They play hard in practice all the time and it really shows up during the games,” Hayes said.
Revere (6–5) had a tough four point loss to Winthrop on Tuesday, January 15 (61–57). Revere will look to bounce back Friday on the road against Marblehead.