Everett close out 2017 with Brighton loss
By Julian Cardillo
Brighton handed the Tide boys’ basketball team their first loss of the season last Thursday night.
The Bengals took down the Crimson Tide, 76-71 in the Slades Holiday Classic, even though Everett’s Isaiah Likely and Ghared Boyce were the game’s top scorers.
“We’ve been practicing very hard looking to respond from the loss,” said Crimson Tide coach John DiBiaso. “They got to us on the glass. We’re just looking to move on.”
On the plus side, both Likely and Boyce put in standout performances.
Likely led scoring with 28 points and 11 rebounds; Boyce had 24.
Everett took a 16-10 to start the game. Their 16 points were split evenly between Likely and Boyce, who has averaged nearly 29 points per game this season.
“We’ve been scoring at a high pace,” said DiBiaso. “It’s definitely a big piece of the puzzle. They are our leaders out there.”
The Crimson Tide took a 25-16 lead into the second quarter. Brighton closed the gap before halftime, the Crimson Tide leading 36-35 at halftime.
Everett – who turned the ball over 11 times by the middle of the third – allowed the Bengals to turn their rally into a lead change.
The Crimson Tide’s next game is on Tuesday against Revere, who are still winless on the season. DiBiaso said his team is eager to get back on the court, especially with the snow days.
Everett was supposed to play Peabody on Friday, but the game is cancelled due to inclement weather. DiBiaso is working with the Tanners to reschedule the match.
“All the snow days do is condense our schedule,” said DiBiaso. “We play more games in a shorter period of time. Obviously, this happens a lot in the winter. We just have to go with the flow.
“We are really looking forward to playing Revere; though I’ll be honest, our opponent could be any team. We want to be on the court. It’s a lull with this weather. But, we’re New Englanders, so we have to deal with it.”
Netminder Calderon leading the charge for Tide hockey
By Julian Cardillo
Brendan Calderon has been a pillar of strength for the Everett hockey team throughout the season.
Though the results haven’t come for the Crimson Tide on the scoreboard, Calderon is leading the charge from between the pipes and boasts an impressive save percentage over 90 percent.
Everett coaches and players are looking to Calderon to lead the team out of a current rut that’s been defined by losses and injuries to key players. Everett rotates their captain, and the responsibility will fall to Calderon in the coming games.
“He’s been standing on his head for us,” said Everett coach Eric Kainen of Calderon. He gives us a fighting chance. He shows up, doesn’t complain, and just does his job, even though has some tougher circumstances than most goalies do on the ice. I think that says a lot about his character.”
That said, Kainen has been impressed with his team’s work ethic all season. As of now, it’s a matter of having their efforts in practice translate in a competitive setting.
“Few teams, if any, are dealing with what we’re dealing with,” Kainen said. “I’ve been impressed and really admire our team for what they’ve been able to do. They’ve shown resolve and are working hard.”
Everett’s next game is against Lynn on Saturday.
“What we’ve stressed as coaches is that in times like these you can do two things: retreat into yourself or lean on each other as teammates,” Kainen said. “They’re helping each other as much as possible.”