Tornadoes boys’ basketball team takes down crosstown rivals
By Julian Cardillo
The Malden High School boys’ basketball team picked up a critical Northeastern Conference (NEC) win on Tuesday night, beating Medford, 67-51. Tyler Holness led scoring for the Golden Tornadoes with 26 points; Fern Berard chipped in 13 and Thomas Redwood had 10.
“Tyler played for Medford for three years so he got to go back and play against his former team,” said Malden coach Don Nally. “I think he put pressure on himself to play well. But he did play hard and put up some very good basketball … Overall we got good contribution from our bench guys. It was a tough, close game but we picked it up.”
The Mustangs carried a one-point lead into the second quarter, but Malden managed to turn the tables, taking a 10-point lead by halftime. Malden continued their momentum in the third, pushing their lead to 15.
The Golden Tornadoes are now 6-2 on the season, which sets them up for a big game against Everett tonight. The Crimson Tide – a key rival for Malden – is 6-1. Nally said, “6-2 versus 6-1, huge game. It’ll be a big showdown. I’m feeling pretty good about it. It will be tough though.”
Everett boast two of the best shooters in the state. Ghared Boyce, who averages over 25 points per game, is one. Isaiah Likely, who played at Malden for two years, is the other. “We can’t give Boyce any open shots,” Nally said. “Isaiah will be tough as well. He’s tall and a lefty. I think we’ll all be jacked up for it.”
Malden girls’ basketball team clobbers Medford
By Julian Cardillo
The Malden girls’ basketball team defeated Medford, 48-24, on Tuesday night at home, putting together a strong performance on both sides of the court. Tuesday’s result was a nice rebound from a tight, 37-34 loss to Swampscott on Monday night in which the Golden Tornadoes missed 12 free throws.
“I was really happy with the response, since we didn’t execute against Swampscott as well as we did against Medford,” said Malden coach Scott Marino. “You just can’t miss 12 free throws in a three-point game … Against Medford, the girls played outstanding. It was a complete game on offense and defense.”
Mackenzie Furlong led Malden in scoring against the Mustangs with 17 points. Tiffany Tortora chipped in 14 points.
Malden’s efforts on Tuesday propelled them to a 3-3 record. “I’m happy with the response after the loss, especially since it helps us get back to .500,” said Marino. “We’re still in the hunt for achieving our goal of making the state tournament.”
The next step for the Golden Tornadoes comes tonight when they play at Everett. It’s a rivalry game, since both sides are in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) and spent decades together in the now-defunct Greater Boston League.
“We split with them last year so we expect another tough, up-and-down fight,” said Marino. “It’s a rivalry game and the girls are jacked up to play. I’m sure Everett’s girls are jacked up to play, too … It’s an important game because we’re 3-3 and we want to be over .500 rather than chasing .500.”
East Boston no match for Revere-Malden hockey
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere-Malden co-op hockey team continued its upward trajectory in an 8-1 victory over East Boston on Wednesday night. Wayne Santoro recorded a hat trick, while Mike Giordano, Ricky Briana, Mike Goroshko and Robert Stoica chipped in additional goals.
“It was definitely an inexperienced East Boson team that got hit hard by graduation,” said Revere-Malden coach Joe Ciccarello. “I’m glad we got some experience and the two points out of it … We got our butts handed to us by Gloucester right before, so it was good to come back with a win.”
Gloucester took down Revere-Malden, 10-3, on Monday. The Fishermen outplayed Ciccarello’s side with speed and physicality. “Just a tough, mean hockey team,” Ciccarello said. “We allowed a couple of lousy goals and that set us on our heels. They intimidated us from the beginning. They scored six in the first, four in the second and none in the third – we can be proud that we won the third.”
Ciccarello singled out Santoro’s turnaround, which was evidenced by his hat trick against East Boston. “He’s a good player, very smart and knows the game,” Ciccarello said. “He was off his game recently because he was trying to focus too much on the physicality of his game instead of skating, passing and shooting. It was good to see him turn it around.”
Revere-Malden, who are 6-3-1, play on Saturday in Lynn. “It’s a very good team so I’m expecting a tough game,” Ciccarello said. “They’re a team we haven’t beaten in a long time. We want to get the horses running.”