Crimson Tide Basketball Continuing Ascent

Everett High’s David De Souza (left) and Jaysaun Coggins (right) scramble for a loose ball against Tech Boston Academy. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Everett Crimson Tide boys’ basketball has a strong core of young talent powering its rise this season.

At 13-2 overall with only seven games remaining, riding a 9-game win streak, the Tide find themselves undefeated at home (6-0) and in the GBL (11-0).

Within the team’s successful mix of talent are guys like second-year player David De Souza.

The junior guard has been a coaches dream in a so far successful season for the Tide.

“[De Souza] was a rotational player for us in the shortened season last year. Started the year playing limited minutes but minutes began to increase once we saw what he brought to the defensive end. Something clicked with him,” said EHS Head Coach Stanley Chamblain. “David built off last season and emerged into our defensive specialist guy we can count on night in and night out. He just plays so tough and hard all the time and with an edge too. He sets the tone for us just off his energy alone. You’ll look at the box score and his name may not pop out at you, but if you’re at the game or manage to catch it on livestream, you’ll immediately realize how vital he is to our team success,” said Chamblain of his high-energy guard.

Jaysuan Coggins snares a rebound in heavy traffic from Tech Boston’s Elijah Clunie and Kervenslee Blanc as David DeSouza moves in from the left. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Coach Chamblain believes De Souza will have the chance to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level if he chooses.

“David is a special player. He has the skills that you don’t teach, that’s straight from the heart, that alone, without a doubt, will get him the opportunity to play at the next level in college,” said Chamblain.

The Tide will try to push the streak to double digits this week with a league game against Somerville. They will tip-off next week with a visit to Brockton High School on Monday (2/15) at 6pm.

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