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Tide boys’ basketball clinches state tournament berth against Revere

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Red-hot Everett looks to end the regular season with four more wins to extend streak to seven   


By Joe McConnell


The Everett High School boys’ basketball team (11-4 overall, 10-2 in the Greater Boston League) officially clinched a Division 1 state tournament berth against visiting Revere last Thursday night (Feb. 1), 66-61. They then went on to smoke host Somerville, 74-35 on Tuesday night, Feb. 6. They are ranked 37th in the Division 1 power rankings as of Feb. 6.

“We were 10-11 last year with more talent,” said first-year head coach Gerard Boyce. “I’m extremely proud of the boys this season, and their progression overall since the first day of practice.”

Jaysaun Coggins paced the offensive attack against Revere with 24 points. Allsin Desruisseaux also ended the game in double digits with 16 points. Jevaun Berberena accounted for eight points. Tyson Chhun and Cristian Vasquez netted six apiece.

After the Somerville game, Boyce singled out “the great team ball” that was exhibited by his squad throughout this dominating triumph.

Coggins was the Tide’s leading scorer against the Highlanders with 18 points. Leison Ruiz collected 14 points. Berberena also ended up in double digits with 10. Lian Santos Dorosario was credited with nine. Desruisseaux contributed eight points to the winning cause.

Boyce’s squad, now authors of a three-game winning streak, has four regular season games left. They still have a chance to move further up in the power rankings if they continue to dominate opponents like they have been doing recently.

The Tide first took on host Medford last night (Feb. 8) after press deadline. Two nights later, they will have a Saturday night home game against Chelsea, starting at 5:30 p.m., before going up against Boyce’s alma master – East Boston – at home Tuesday night (Feb. 13) at 7 p.m.   Sharon will officially end the regular season for the Tide on Feb. 18 in a non-league road game at 2 p.m.

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