Malden High boys basketball splits a pair of games; Tornado girls basketball looking for the right combination in NEC play
By Steve Freker
After a string of solid performances, the Malden High boys basketball squad dropped a clunker on the road to a potential MIAA State Tournament berth, falling 65-46 to visiting Medford High Tuesday night, January 8.
Medford led by a basket after the first quarter, 18-15, but exploded for a 23-11 second quarter to post a 41-26 lead at the halftime break.
Turnovers by Malden led to a number of Medford points and on the other end of the court, the home team Tornado shots were not falling.
“We did not take care of the ball as well as we have to and we have to play much better defense if we expect to win in this league,” Malden High head coach Don Nally said of the stacked Northeastern Conference (NEC), as both former Greater Boston League charter members Malden and Medford now compete in the NEC.
Malden stayed even with Medford in the third quarter, backed by the scoring and rebounding of senior captain Christian Monahan-Dasilva, who led Malden with 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the Tornado team still trailed 51-36 after three quarters. The home team could not gain any more ground in the fourth quarter as Medford pulled away for good.
Malden juniors Cameron Lloyd and David Mervilus each has 10 points for Malden. Malden evened out at 4-4 overall (1-3 NEC) with the loss while Medford won its fourth straight game to improve to 6-2.
Mervilus and Lloyd lead Malden past Swampscott on the road, 63-58
Juniors David Mervilus and Cameron Lloyd each scored 13 points to lead Malden past Swampscott on the road, 63-58. Senior Robens Garcia added 12 points for Malden.
Jackson Byrne lit it up for Swampscott with a game-high 27 points, including six three-pointers.
“We played a good game all-around and spread out our scoring,” Coach Nally said. “Their shooter (Byrne) stayed hot all night and kept them close but we shot the ball well in the second half and played decent defense.”
Malden High girls drop a pair of games to Medford and Swampscott
Malden High head girls basketball coach Scott Marino puts the youngest team in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) out on the court on a nightly basis.
The team includes two freshman starters on the varsity hardwood and three other freshman and several sophomores also in the regular rotation.
Malden’s been taking its lumps, understandably, with a 50-26 loss to Medford Tuesday night and a 55-31 loss to Swampscott, on Friday, but Coach Marino said he is seeing improvement as the season progresses.
“We are looking to get better every day, that’s what every good team looks for, especially one as young as ours,” Coach Marino said. The Malden coach saw his team go to 1-5 overall with the loss on the road Tuesday.
“We will continue to battle and we have a lot of enthusiastic younger players on our subvarsity teams, so we have that to look forward to as well,” Coach Marino added.”
Both Malden team take on Everett tonight, Friday, January 11. The Tornado boys basketball team is on the road at 7:00 p.m. The girls team is home with a 7:00 p.m. tapoff. Looking ahead, after tonight, Malden boys basketball is off until Friday, January 18 when it plays on the road at Beverly. Malden girls basketball hosts O’Bryant on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. and then stays home on Friday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. hosting Beverly