By Joe McConnell
Despite lingering shooting issues, the Revere High School boys’ basketball team (2-3 in the Northeastern Conference, 3-5 overall) was able to beat host Saugus last Friday night, Jan. 4, 68-53. The Patriots then lost to perennial power Everett on Tuesday night, 47-30.
“We had our chances in both games to score more points, but we haven’t been shooting particularly well,” said coach Dave Leary.
The Sachems’ pressing, zone defense helped disrupt the Revere offensive rhythm in the first half until they were able to figure it out in the second half. “Saugus was playing extremely hard, and it took time for us to adjust to their press, and once we did we stopped turning the ball over,” Leary said.
The Sachems actually led after one quarter, 13-10. But the Pats were warming up in the second quarter to take a one-point lead at halftime, 27-26. They then broke the game wide open in the third after going on a 27-12 run.
Senior John Leone paced the Revere offensive attack against Saugus with 20 points that included six three-point bombs. His classmate Omar Bendjahene was next in line with 14. Junior EJ Leone chipped in with 13. Sophomore Wilfredo Martinez, coming off the bench, was credited with six points and six rebounds.
The Revere quintet then stood up to the aforementioned Everett, and trailed the Crimson Tide by only seven points with just six minutes to go, before the home team broke it open into double digits. “We were right there with Everett, but we just couldn’t hit our shots down the stretch,” Leary said, “even though we got some good looks at the basket.”
The Tide led after one quarter, 15-9. They were ahead by eight at halftime, 25-17.
Bendjahene was the top scorer against Everett with 12 points to go along with six rebounds. Martinez chipped in with seven points.
The Patriots will be on the road throughout the next two weeks, starting with a trip to Marblehead to face the Magicians on Friday night, Jan. 11. They will then be off a week for midterms before they take on host Lynn Classical on Jan. 18. They will then be heading to Winthrop for a game with the Vikings on Jan. 22. It will then be time to head home in order to go up against Swampscott on Jan. 25.