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Patriot boys edged out late by Tornadoes

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Having lifted themselves above the .500 mark with a win over Chelsea last Tuesday. the Revere Patriots boys’ basketball team played well but couldn’t come out on top in an eventual 50-40 home loss to the Malden Golden Tornadoes in a Greater Boston League (GBL) battle last Thursday.

The Patriots trailed by just two, 22-20, at the half and outscored the Tornadoes 14-9 in the third period to pull in front 34-31. Clutch baskets by Vincent Nichols and two free throws from Sal DeAngelis helped give Revere the advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

A game-breaking 12-2 fourth-period surge by Malden ended up being the difference, as the visitors would outscore Revere, 19-6, in the final quarter to emerge with the victory. “It was a hard-fought game. We just ran out of gas the last three minutes,” said head coach David Leary after the contest.

Nichols led the charge offensively with 12 points while Alejandro Hincapie provided nine points in the defeat. Ethan Day also collected nine points for the Patriots. Nichols pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double and Hincapie dished out four assists.

Revere sat at 5-5 entering Thursday’s league contest at Somerville. The Patriots then head to Lynn Classical to face the Rams next Tuesday in another GBL clash.

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