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Patriots boys score first playoff win in 20 years

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  Just last week, it looked as if the Revere High School boys’ basketball team might miss out on the 2021-22 postseason. But the tide swung in a good direction for the Patriots. Revere posted a playoff-clinching win over Lynn English in the regular-season finale last Thursday at home and followed that up with an upset win over Springfield High School of Science and Technology in the preliminary round of the Div. 2 playoffs on Tuesday. The tournament victory was Revere’s first playoff win since 2001.

  The 45th-seeded Patriots handed No. 20 Sci-Tech a 73-60 defeat at Springfield. The CyberCats were awarded the higher seed despite an 8-11 regular-season record. They played in a strong conference, faced strong competition and received power-ranking points because of it.

  That did not intimidate Revere, which was led by the offensive outburst of Ramadan Barry, who drained 21 points. Domenic Boudreau followed close behind with 16, Deivis Cruceta with 14 and James Clauto with 12. Four players finishing in double figures has been a rarity for Revere this season. The Patriots have played in a lot of low-scoring, close battles this winter and have relied heavily on their defense.

  It appears the offense may be coming alive at just the right time. The Patriots poured home 74 against Lynn English to close out the regular season and have scored over 70 in their last two contests. Revere, which improved to 11-10 after Tuesday’s playoff win, travels to Scituate on Friday to take on the 15-5 Sailors, who are the No. 13 seed, in the Round of 32.

  In last Thursday’s 74-63 triumph over Lynn English, Revere came out firing and built a 39-24 lead by halftime. The Patriots were able to basically maintain the advantage the rest of the way to secure their 10th win and a spot in the tournament. Clauto and Boudreau lit it up with 24 points each. Jack D’Ambrosio added 12 and Barry seven in the win. The Patriots shot 48 percent from the field, and Hamza Ghoul and D’Ambrosio combined for 15 rebounds. Barry finished with four steals.

TEAM LEADERS: RHS Boys’ Basketball Co-Captains, pictured from left to right – Ihssan Mourouane, James Clauto and Jack D’Ambrosio – along with Assistant Coach Alex Green, Freshmen Coach Bob Sullivan, Head Varsity Coach David Leary, JV Coach John Leone and Assistant Coach Dennis Leary. (Advocate file photo)
TOURNEY-BOUND: The Revere High School Boys’ Basketball Varsity Patriots qualified for the State Tournament last Thursday night with a win over Lynn English, 74-63. (Courtesy photo, Head Coach David Leary)

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