From start to finish, the MVRCS boys’ basketball team dominated Essex Tech before a raucous crowd Tuesday night, finishing with an 77-58 victory. The team has officially qualified for the MIAA Division 5 state tournament, thanks to the win. This marks the 14th time in the last 15 years that the Eagles will be dancing in post-season play. The Maroon & Gold now have an overall record of 10-7 during the 2022-2023 season, 7-3 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CCC).
In the win against Essex Tech, the Eagles exploded out of the gate, putting Essex Tech on their heels in the opening minutes. The Eagles led the scoring by a combination of senior guards and co-captains Giovanni Soto and Michael Tayag, who poured in 27 and 18 points, respectively. Junior forward Jonathan Saint-Vil controlled the floor – adding 8 points toward the win. Sophomore teammates Dalton Kinnon and Carl Damas added 6 points apiece, while Josh Stover netted 2.
“This is great bunch of young men who strive to reach their potential each and every day,” said MVRCS veteran Head Coach Tony Ferullo. “It’s every team’s goal to make the state tournament, and I’m so proud of our players for reaching what they set out to do.”
MVRCS gets back on the road for its next game, traveling to Tyngsborough to meet Innovation Academy on Tuesday, February 14. On Friday, February 17, graduating seniors will be honored during a home game versus Fellowship Christian Academy of Methuen.