By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere Patriots girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both remain in their epic battles to make the state tournament. The girls had another great week (2–1), while the boys’ had a tough week (1–2).
The girls started off last week on the road against Danvers. Both teams entered the game with almost identical records (Revere 8–4, Danvers 7–4), so both teams knew what was at stake. The Patriots were able to get the better of the Falcons (45–42). Leading the way for Revere was the duo of Caitlin Caramello (12 points) and Gena Restiano (11 points).
Revere Head Coach Kaitlin Leonard was very pleased with this win. She commented: “Danvers is a very good and well-coached basketball team. I have a lot of respect [for] what Pat Veilleux does at Danvers. This was a great win and I’m so happy with how well the girls’ played.”
A few days later, the Patriot girls traveled back home and had no problem dismantling the Saugus Sachems, 67–31. Leading the way for Revere once again was Restiano (19 points and 7 steals) and Caramello (14 points and 11 rebounds).
Coach Leonard knows exactly what this duo has meant to her team’s success. “These two girls have really been instrumental in our success. I can’t be any more pleased with how well Restiano and Caramello have been performing all season long,” Leonard said.
The Lady Pats now hold a 10–4 record.
The Patriot boys’ basketball team had a rough week compared to the girls. They started off last week great with a solid 45–43 win at home over Chelsea. Revere jumped out of the gates fast on Chelsea—they led 31–11 at the half. The Patriots grew ice cold for the whole second half, while they watched Chelsea outscore them 32–14. Revere was still able to find a way to hold on, and Coach Rick Hayes will take any win at this point.
“It was not a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination. It is always important to win your nonleague games and that is what we accomplished. Even though we shot horrific in the second half, it was good to see the boys fight off a feisty Chelsea team. Nothing has come easy as of late, so we will take it,” Hayes said.
Revere did not have the same luck to on the road against Saugus a couple days later. The Patriots held a 60–59 win with under 15 seconds remaining in the game until Saugus’s Brandon Wladkowski drilled a three-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining on the clock. The Sachems led 62–60, and Revere missed on its last desperation shot to win the game. The Patriots were led in the tough loss by Mike Ciambelli (11 points) and Tommy Sor (10 points).
Coach Hayes isn’t upset with how his team is playing at all. “Saugus is a very good and well coached team. We had a chance to beat a really good team but we just fell short. It always stings to lose one late like that, but the boys will bounce back and will play great next time out,” Hayes said.
The Revere boys are now 8–6.