DiBiaso era ends with Crimson Tide at Boston Garden
By Julian Cardillo
Ghared Boyce maintained his scoring spree, and John DiBiaso continued to coach his heart out, but the Everett basketball season ended an era at the Boston Garden on Monday night as the Crimson Tide fell to Mansfield in the D1 state semifinals. DiBiaso, Everett’s longtime athletic director, football coach and basketball coach, wasn’t able to add yet another trophy to an already sterling cabinet of accolades and milestones.
“We fought very hard, but there were some baskets that we just didn’t convert when we needed to,” DiBiaso said.
Boyce managed to hit 22 points in the contest, but Everett experienced an uncharacteristic drought early in the game that went a long way in an eventual 73-65 loss. Despite a promising start, the Hornets managed to go on a 24-5 first half run and go into halftime up by eight points. Neither of Mansfield’s top scorers – with 17 and 14 points, respectively – came close to replicating what Boyce could do, but the Hornets’ defense stepped up to snuff out the Tide.
Everett struggled to crack into Mansfield, who committed just three turnovers the whole game. After their promising start and first half stutter, the Tide valiantly attempted to mount a comeback. Four points was as close as they got.
“We battled until the end; we just couldn’t get over that early deficit,” DiBiaso added. Mansfield are a very good team and when you give them second or third shots, that was the difference.”
Changes are now in the air for DiBiaso, who will leave Everett in the summer to pursue a new coaching opportunity at Catholic Memorial.
Given that he’s been a staple in the community for decades, the Tide will have big shoes to fill. Few like DiBiaso come around often, if at all. With his 304 career wins on the football field and 503 on the basketball court, there’s a rightful sense that another coaching legend will be hard to come by. As the Everett High School Athletic Director and a two-sport Crimson Tide coach, DiBiaso has seen countless student-athletes come and go. One of his former players and assistants, Theluxon Pierre, will even replace him as head football coach next year. Even so, the list goes longer. Beyond the wins and the success of his team’s recent 23-2 season, DiBiaso can take pride in having helped develop literally hundreds of people in sports and careers beyond.
“At Everett it’s about the community and the parents, the teachers, the administrators,” DiBiaso has said. “I’ve gotten wonderful support from the principal and the superintendent and so many involved, but I also tip my hat to the kids. You try to set them on the right path, but when they have success it’s all them.”
Coach John DiBiaso leads his team during his final game with Everett at Boston Garden on Monday night. (Advocate photo by Laura Jolly)
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