Revere-Malden hockey team hopeful despite Gloucester loss
By Julian Cardillo
Gloucester stumped the Revere-Malden hockey team for the second time this season on Saturday, but this last performance was an improvement for the Patriots. Despite missing two players due to injury, Revere-Malden showed they could battle with one of the top teams in the Northeast Conference.
The Fishermen took a 1-0 lead early in the first period and then scored two more times at the end of the period. Gloucester scored twice in the second, though Zach Rufo and Mike Giordano also netted a pair of goals in the period. The Fishermen scored one more in the third.
“Honestly, it was those two goals at the end of the first that made the difference,” said coach Joe Ciccarello, whose team lost to Gloucester, 10-2, earlier in the season. “I think we showed with our second period that we can hang with them. Considering we were undermanned, I thought we put up a decent fight.”
Revere-Malden are 7-6-2 with five games left in the season. They need just four more points to clinch a state tournament berth. “We have a tough schedule, but I would certainly like to get into the post-season with some momentum,” Ciccarello said. “These are five tough games ahead.”
Revere-Malden will play Lynn at home on Saturday. “We need to bring positive energy,” Ciccarello said. “I think it will be a close game and that we’ll have to stay focused. We have to limit the mistakes.”
Basketball Pats hoop team nets first win of season
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere basketball team came up with their first victory of the season on Wednesday night, trouncing on Saugus, 79-40. Revere’s performance validated what head coach David Leary has been preaching all season: that his team was learning and steadily improving, and that the wins would come.
“Really a strong performance for us,” said Leary. “We played a complete, 32-minute game, which is something we hadn’t done all season … Until Wednesday we’d play well for two or three quarters and then maybe take our foot off the gas and lose focus. That wasn’t the case on Wednesday.”
As the final score indicates, the Patriots were in the driver’s seat throughout the night. They went into the second quarter up 21-3 and held Saugus to just five points overall in the first half.
“Defensively, we were very sound,” Leary said. “Everyone got involved … we were real well-balanced on offense, too.”
Four players each hit 12 points: Sebastian Vanegas, EJ Leone, Johnny Leone and Scott Montefusco. Marcus Brunson-Perez recorded six points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“I think a win like this gets us on track and builds up confidence and momentum,” Leary said. “It’s one thing when I tell them they’re improving, but it’s [an] entirely different thing when they go out, play well and earn a result.”
Revere’s next game is tonight against Salem. “Like I said, we’re improving,” Leary said. “We need to keep the momentum up, and that means we have to play consistently for the full 32 minutes.”
(Advocate photos by Al Terminiello)
Revere does nicely against Swampscott in girls’ hoops action
By Julian Cardillo
The RHS Lady Pats basketball team aren’t unbeaten like they were at this point last season, but they’re nevertheless en route to securing another state tournament berth. The Patriots notched their ninth win of the season last Friday night by beating Swampscott, 55-44, at home. Though Revere won by 11, Swampscott gave the host team a rough ride, outscoring the Patriots in both the first and fourth quarters.
“Our first-quarter efforts were inconsistent because we didn’t get the stops we needed on defense and they were able to stay in it with us,” said Revere coach Lianne O’Hara. “We were able to get more players involved in the scoring in the second quarter.”
Valentina Pepic, the Patriots’ main scoring threat, led the offense with 24 points. O’Hara also singled out the efforts of Ayah Harper (seven) and Tatianna Iacovello (nine) on offense.
Despite being down 13-12 after one, Revere rallied and outscored Swampscott, 18-7, in the second quarter. They followed up with a 12-9 run in the third.
“We got some great shooting by Ayah and Tatianna, and of course Valentina helped with her strong post-game,” O’Hara said. “Swampscott are always a hard working team that doesn’t quit, so we knew we would have to come out strong in the third quarter. We were able to put enough distance between them to pull off the win.”
Also helping Revere’s cause was Emily DiGiulio, who had five points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
“We try to focus on getting the next play, the next stop, the next rebound,” said O’Hara. “We’re all about getting stops and converting on offense.”
Revere, now 9-3, will travel to Salem on Friday (Feb. 2) for their next game.