By Joe McConnell
The Revere High School boys’ basketball team (1-2), under the direction of David Leary, went through the usual growing pains of a rebuilding team, and it showed in the final 3-17 record.
Coach Leary expects to see more improvement this season. “The expectations heading into this year are to compete hard every night and give ourselves a chance to qualify for the state tournament,” he said.
The season started off on a positive note with a 73-68 triumph over the Peabody Tanners on Dec. 14. Junior guard E.J. Leone paced the offensive attack with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior forward Omar Bendjahene was close behind with 18 points, and he, too, had five rebounds. Senior guard Scott Montefusco collected 11 points that included three three-pointers.
The following Monday, Dec. 17, the Patriots dropped a 55-44 decision to neighboring Chelsea. Montefusco was the top gun for the locals in this game with 20 points, which included six three-pointers.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, Somerville was all over the Revere quintet to the tune of 63-36. Bendjahene was the leader for the Revere boys in this game with 16 points and six rebounds.
Montefusco is a captain of the squad, along with Sebastian Vanegas, and they lead a solid core of returnees. Those seniors are Nick Ciciulla, Donato Colarossi, Andres Mejia, Johnny Leone, Wilkens Altenor and Bendjahene. The junior veterans are E.J. Leone, Amara Bockarie, Scott Toglan, Michael Hayes, Derek Avery and Robert Raduazzo. Sophomores Dillan Day and Wilfredo Martinez are ready to strut their stuff with the big club.
Coach Leary’s team went up against host Malden in its holiday tournament on Thursday, Dec, 27 (after press deadline). The consolation and championship games will be played Friday night, also at Malden. The Patriots will be back home to begin 2019 on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, when Chelsea comes to town. They will then be heading to Saugus to face the Sachems on Friday night, Jan. 4.