Milestones Reached as Crimson Tide Roll Past Chelmsford and Waltham in State Tournament Action
By Lorenzo Recupero
Everett’s boys’ basketball team is winning playoff matchups by double-digits and doing so in history altering fashion.
In each of the team’s first two MIAA Division 1 North playoff victories, the Crimson Tide served up something special for the home crowd at Everett High school.
In the, 66-46, first round win over Chelmsford, coach John Dibiaso tallied his 500th victory, making him the only coach in Massachusetts history with 300 football and 500 basketball wins.
He was honored during the game with a commemorative basketball inscribed with his name and Everett’s logo.
Following the big night for a legendary coach, senior Ghared Boyce cemented his legacy as Everett’s greatest male scorer in the, 81-54, quarterfinal win over Waltham on March 3. His 15 points scored in game helped him to amass over 2,000 points in his career, a milestone no other male athlete in school history has ever reached.
The humble Boyce knew he wanted to become the first male basketball player to 2,000 points once he passed Shannon Crooks as the highest scorer in EHS history earlier in the season. His determination and will drove him to achieve his goal, but don’t expect him to rest on his laurels now.
“It felt special because I worked so hard all four years to come to this point, it’s a big accomplishment,” Said Boyce, who averages nearly 30 points per game this season. “But we are past it, we got the accomplishment, and now I want a state championship, that’s
our main goal,” he said.
Coach Dibiaso echoed his senior playmakers sentiment.
“I feel very happy for Ghared and I’m very happy for his family. Now we can move on and concentrate on the semifinals,” said Dibiaso.
The Tide (21-1) will move on to battle Lowell (18-4) in the semifinals at Salem. The victor will get the chance to compete for the Division 1 North Championship at the Tsongas Center March 10 against either Lawrence or Cambridge.