By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High Patriots girls’ and boys’ basketball teams both had major success in the Pope John Tournament this past week. Both teams finished as champions against tournament runner-up Lynnfield.
The Patriot girls had no problem early on against Lynnfield, as Revere had a comfortable 28–17 lead at the half. The Pioneers gave the Patriots a run for their money: Lynnfield cut the second half deficit down to eight. Revere was able to hold Lynnfield’s final surge and defeated Lynnfield, 53–42, when the final whistle blew. Revere had a very strong showing throughout the whole tournament: Three Patriots were named to the all-tournament team.
Leading the way for Revere was Gena Restiano. Restiano finished with 16 points in the championship and was named the tournament MVP. The other Patriots to round out the all-tournament team were Caitlin Caramello—who finished with a double-double against Lynnfield (12 points, 14 rebounds)—and Amy Rotger, who had a strong showing in the final as well.
Revere Head Coach Katelyn Leonard was very proud of her team. “We played a very solid tournament all week. It was good to see the girl’s come out on top, especially during the holidays,” Leonard said.
The Patriot boys did not have as easy of a time as the girls had. Revere found itself down 30–25 at the half. The difference in the game was the Patriots’ dominance in the third quarter.
Revere outscored Lynnfield, 24–11, in the third quarter and took a 49–41 lead at the end of it. Revere’s dominance on the offensive glass was the key to the Patriots’ turnaround in the second half. The Patriots out-rebounded the Pioneers by eight, in the third quarter alone.
Lynnfield fought hard in the final quarter, but the Patriots were able to hold off the feisty Pioneers (65–59).
Revere was well represented on the all-tournament team: The Patriots had three players selected. Leading the way for Revere was tournament MVP Mike Ciambelli. Ciambelli finished with 14 points in the championship. Patriot Gio Gomez, who was also selected to the all-tournament team, had 14 points in the final as well. Dom Boyce was the final Patriot selected to the all-tournament team; he had five points against Lynnfield.
Revere Head Coach Rick Hayes was pleased with his team’s performance. He stated, “It was nice to see the boys come out on top… We started off in the championship on the wrong foot, but it was nice to see them turn the game quickly around in our favor. I am very proud of how my boys competed in this tournament.”
The Revere boys’ and girls’ teams have both improved their records to 4–2.