Revere basketball team founders in second half against Marblehead
By Julian Cardillo
Despite flexing their offensive muscles and controlling key parts of the game, the Revere basketball team slipped up against Marblehead last Friday night at home. Marblehead stunned Revere – who won the first and second quarters – by scoring 50 second-half points to secure an 84-68 comeback victory.
“A tale of two halves, definitely,” said Revere coach David Leary. “We did a lot of good things on offense, and you can see we’re improving, but we allowed 50 second-half points and that’s a lot – especially in a high school basketball game.”
The Patriots went into the first up 17-12 and at halftime were up 39-34. But Marblehead won the third quarter by 15 points as they turned the tables. “Considering we lost the game by 16 points, that third quarter was huge,” Leary said.
Omar Bendjahene led Revere scoring with 16 points. Scott Montefusco had 13 points, including three three-pointers, while Marcus Brunson-Perez had 12 and EJ Leone had 11. It marked the first time all season that four Revere players hit double digits.
“Our first half was definitely very good, our offense was clicking,” Leary said. “But we were hurt by some poor execution on defense.”
Revere’s next game is at home against Lynn Classical, last year’s division 2 north finalists.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Leary said. “There are no off nights in our conference. They’re basically the same team they were last year, so it will be an uphill climb. But we’re playing at home, which is an advantage, and we hope our offense can continue to get good looks.”
Revere girls’ hoops team sees sixth win of the season against Saugus
By Julian Cardillo
Revere duked it out with Saugus to improve to 6-2 on the season, earning a 61-51 victory on the road on Tuesday. The Patriots started the game on a 10-0 run and played a lights-out third quarter, but coach Lianne O’Hara feels her team’s performance was far from perfect.
“I think we were pretty inconsistent,” O’Hara said. “We had a great start in the first quarter, got in some foul trouble in the second, had to sit two starters because they had two fouls, so our lead fell and by the end of the half we were only up by two.”
Valentina Pepic, the Patriots’ greatest scoring threat all season, helped carry the team on offense. She led the way with 23 points. “She did a great job grabbing defensive rebounds to limit their scoring and was able to knock down shots when needed,” O’Hara said of Pepic.
O’Hara also singled out Tatianna Iacoviello (11 points) and Caroline Stasio (11) rebounds for their performance. Erika Cheever chipped in 10 points, Emily DiGiulio had seven, and Ayah Harper had six.
Coming out of halftime strong was particularly pivotal for the Patriots, as Saugus managed to trim the deficit in the second quarter. Though Revere’s offense was smooth for most of the night, O’Hara sought more effort on defense. “We talked about playing our game and not getting flustered by the press, and that we needed to be more disciplined on defense,” said O’Hara of her discussion with the team at halftime. “That’s exactly what they did. We went on a 10-0 run by getting defensive stops and being patient on offense.”
Revere’s next game is tonight against Lynn Classical; O’Hara believes a win would be important for the team’s confidence and sees the game as a learning experience for younger players. “We’re definitely preparing for them, working on disciplined offense and defense,” said O’Hara. “Rebounding is going to be especially important. We can’t give them second chance opportunities. They have a couple of very talented players that can finish around the basket.”
Revere-Malden hockey team takes down Everett
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere-Malden hockey team improved to 7-4-1 on the season by beating up on Everett, 8-1, on Wednesday night. Mike Goroshko, Zach Rufo, Corey Rufo, Ricky Brianna, Cam Marza and Robert Stoica each tallied a goal, while Wayne Santoro bagged a brace.
“It’s always good to put together solid performances like that and get goals,” said Revere-Malden coach Joe Ciccarello. “Everett’s goalie played well, too.”
Revere-Malden are inching closer to a state tournament berth, though Ciccarello is cautioning that the season is still young and that the schedule will only get tougher. That said, he believes his team has what it takes to make a significant run this season. “We have the talent, that much is clear,” Ciccarello said. “But talent doesn’t win all the time. Attitude, work ethic, intensity – all of that makes for an x-factor and plays a big role is performing above or below standard.
“Sometimes we bring that x-factor, other times we don’t. Sometimes being persistent and handling adversity is the biggest thing with us.”
Revere-Malden’s next game is on Saturday at home against Swampscott, who beat the Patriots earlier this season, 3-1, despite being out-shot 35-11. “They’ve got a good goalie and we need to make good on our chances,” Ciccarello said. “We’ve got to play tight and bury some.”