Pepic hits 1,000 points in Everett win
By Julian Cardillo
Valentina Pepic scored 25 points in Revere’s 62-48 victory against Everett on Monday night, but the basket that mattered most came in the second quarter. Pepic, who is headed for division one college basketball next year at Niagara University, scored her 1,000th high school point on a layup after stealing possession. Pepic was fouled as she made her layup so she went to the line – and made – her foul shot, but only after she was recognized by her coaches, teammates and parents on her accomplishment.
“It’s something she should be proud of,” Revere coach Lianne O’Hara said. “It’s well-deserved. She had a great game: 25 points and 16 rebounds. Overall it was a great game for her.”
Pepic scored five points in the first quarter, the Patriots entering the second with a 7-6 lead. Both teams picked up the scoring in the next stanza, but Revere held the lead and went into halftime up 23-8.
Erika Cheever finished the game with 15 points, while Tatianna Iacoviello scored 13. Iacovello and Emily DiGiulio also had four assists.
“It was a pretty back-and-forth first quarter,” said O’Hara. “In the third they actually beat us.”
Revere are now 4-2 and play winless Marblehead on Friday. Next week features a tougher slate of games, with Saugus and Lynn Classical on tap. “Saugus are definitely feisty; they have great guards, and their coach is a very nice, very smart guy,” O’Hara said. “We’re just looking to improve … I think we’re starting to hit our stride. Kids’ roles are more defined. I think the expectations are higher and we’re choosing to change it up on defense. Hopefully, we put it all together – beating both of those teams [would] do a lot to get us to our goal of winning the Northeast Conference for a fourth straight year.”
East Boston no match for Revere-Malden hockey
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere-Malden 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 Boston 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, 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, which is 6-3-1, plays 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.”
Pats basketball team gets rough ride from Everett
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere boys’ basketball team is still mining for their first win, though their schedule hasn’t been particularly kind. Revere fell to Everett – arguably the best team in division one – 80-42 on Tuesday night, slipping to 0-5.
“We knew what we were up against; they’ve got two of the better players in the state, and it’s really hard to score against them with their athleticism,” said Revere coach David Leary. “It was a decent first but the second and fourth was just out of control. I was proud of how we hung with them in the third.”
The Crimson Tide led, 19-8, after one quarter but held Revere to just four points in the second quarter; at halftime, the score was 32-12. Revere shored things up in the third and was outscored by a more competitive 22-21.
“We’re still very inexperienced,” Leary said. “We haven’t put it together for a full game yet. We’ve had one good quarter at least per game, which is a sign that we can play with anyone. Now it’s a matter of just doing it consistently.”
Devon Avery led Revere scoring with 10 points and five rebounds; Omar Bendjahene had nine; Scott Toglan had seven with six rebounds.
A tough test awaits Revere against Marblehead. “They’re hungry for their first win,” said Leary of his team. “Sometimes it can seem like there isn’t much improvement, but it’s there. There’s energy in practice, and I think things are headed in the right direction. The more time they get together, the more chemistry there will be.”