The Malden High School Boys Basketball program honored its five senior players on Senior Night, which was held at the Roy Finn Gym at MHS on Friday, February 26. Malden later celebrated even more with a victory over visiting Woburn High to finish the regular season at 12-8.
The three senior captains for Malden High this year, who were honored along with their families, were 6-6 center Jonald Joseph and guards Justin Bell and Peyton Carron. Also honored were senior guard Aiden Tham and senior 6-4 forward Andrew Louis.
“We are very grateful for all the time, commitment and passion our seniors put into this season. They have been through some of the toughest times with the COVID pandemic and other adversities,” said 18th-year Head Coach Don Nally. “We also went through a very tough season last year (1-19) and these senior captains helped make it a huge turnaround in just one season.”
JONALD JOSEPH: Senior 6-6 Captain Jonald Joseph was one of the top rebounders and led the Greater Boston League in blocked shots, averaging nearly 4 blocks per game and finishing with nearly 60. He scored just under 10 points per game.
JUSTIN BELL: A senior captain and shooting guard, Bell was Malden’s leading scorer with 12.7 ppg, and the top three-pointer on the team as well. He scored a season-high 38 points in a season-opening win over Medford, and when he was hot, he poured in the points.
PEYTON CARRON: A third-year varsity player and a senior captain, Carron was a fixture in the starting lineup and helped create stability on the court. He also could shoot the “three” and proved to be a reliable rebounder as the season progressed.
ANDREW LOUIS: A first-year player in the program, the 6-4, 210 Louis was a rugged contributor under the boards and on defense, making the transition from football captain to basketball big man – made some key minutes count in some big Malden wins.
AIDEN THAM: A reliable guard off the bench, he could shoot threes, drive to the hoop and provide steady defense. His best game was his last, when he came off the bench and threw in 7 points to spark a big Malden rally in the loss against Lowell.