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Tide hockey looking to move forward with team camaraderie

 By Julian Cardillo

 

The Everett High hockey team is young, inexperienced, and short on numbers, but the overall focus for coach Eric Kainen and his staff is getting his team improving every day.

For Kainen, that will happen through the team staying engaged and getting out of difficult jams together.

“I think the team feels that they are slowly improving,” Kainen said. “They know when they have good moments. We want to keep it positive.

“Especially when you’re struggling you need to master your emotions. Once one guy gets angry it affects the whole team negatively. Things can start to unravel, so you lean on each other and try to lift each other up.”

Kainen said he is impressed by how close his team’s members are to one another.

“A strength of our team is its closeness,” he said. “It’s a tight knit group. We want to continue to foster that. It’s going to help us get through tough stretches.”

Everett’s next game is on Saturday against Swampscott.

“Honestly, every game is tough, Kainen said. “They’ve got a good goalie and play good team defense. We need to do the same. I know it’s been frustrating for our team but the little victories – a pass here, a break there – they all add up.”

 

Tide boys’ basketball pummel Revere as tough Malden test awaits

By Julian Cardillo

 

The Everett High boys’ basketball team swept aside Revere with little difficulty on Tuesday night, taking down the Patriots, 80-42 to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Though the Crimson Tide have resumed their form as one of the best and most feared teams in Massachusetts, it’s still too early to suggest that they’ll be Northeast Conference champions.

Standing in their way is a tough NEC, which now includes Malden, whom Everett plays tonight in a matchup of old Greater Boston League foes.

Both teams are in form, though few would deny that Everett come into tonight’s contest as the favorites.

Not only are Everett skilled shooters, but they’re also relentless.

Revere tried to hang with the Crimson Tide earlier this week but failed. Everett took a 19-8 lead in the first quarter, and then held the Patriots to just four points in the second. By halftime, the Tide held an incredible, 32-12 lead.

Offense runs through Ghared Boyce and Isaiah Likely, but the Revere game proved that Everett are more than a two-man show. Likely and Boyce were among the team’s leading scorers with 15 and 12 points, respectively, against the Patriots, but others chipped in as well.

Erick Thompson scored 14 points, the second-most on the night. Nate Mehu and Theo Zidor chipped in eight each, while all but one Tide player got a basket.

“It’s really important to us that we have so many people able to shoot the ball well,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “We try to encourage everyone to not only take shots, but take the right shots. That’s really critical for us.”

Everett blew out Revere and, coincidentally also blew out Malden the last time the two teams met up. Last February, the two NEC heavyweights met in the Greater Boston League’s final game, with the Crimson Tide winning, 61-37.

This time around – with bragging right in a bigger, more competitive league on the line – the final score might be closer.

“It’s always a huge game,” said DiBiaso. “Malden is a big rival. Both of us teams are at six wins, so the implications are huge. They’re rivals, there’s history. We need to be prepared for a big challenge.

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