The EHS boys and the girls’ varsity teams played in the Greater Boston League championship games in Lynn Saturday, both going up against formidable foe Lynn English, the GBL’s newest entry into the league this season.
Winning the GBL championship 47-41, the Lady Tide (8-1) delivered the Bulldogs their first loss of the year while avenging their only defeat.
Everett was led on the strength of junior Andrea Manley’s five three-pointers (5-for-7).
Manley’s incredible shooting from behind the arc (over 70% efficient) capped a 27-point night for her, including 17 of Everett’s first 23 points scored by halftime. Senior Maya Kirnon came up big in the clutch for EHS in the second half.
Recovering from knee injury Vasquez waits for his turn
By LORENZO RECUPERO
Everett High School sophomore Roger Vasquez has learned so much in just one year.
As a freshman, almost a year ago to date, Vasquez tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the final boys’ basketball game of the year against Cambridge Ridge & Latin, a second-round, 65-52, playoff loss for the Crimson Tide.
Knee surgery, 9 months of therapy, training, and a pandemic later, Vazquez is back on the basketball court as the Crimson Tide looks to capture the Greater Boston League championship.
Vazquez is dribbling and shooting and back to doing basketball activities with the team during practice but has yet to play in one of the seven games scheduled in the regular season.
The year-long grind to get back on the court was a short-term setback for what would be a long-term gain for the sophomore.
Fresh off a 67-52 win over Malden High School Tuesday, Crimson Tide boys basketball is sitting pretty at 6-2 overall and undefeated in the GBL.
The Tide are now just 4 wins away from locking up a playoff spot, and even landed themselves in the Boston Globe’s top 10 HS basketball teams in the state, but head coach Stanley Chamblain isn’t satisfied with just getting his team to where they are currently.
“Our win over Malden was an ugly win,” said a displeased Chamblain, who has taken a Belichick- esque approach to this season in the sense a single win doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to improve upon. “I’ll take it the win, but we weren’t playing the brand of basketball I know we are capable of playing,” said Chamblain of his squads league-leading victory. “There was just a lack of urgency in our play that is uncharacteristic of our basketball team, but the luxury of basketball is you are in a position to quickly to play again within a couple days and correct those mistakes,” he said.
The Lady Tide are rolling right now, getting off to their hottest start to a season ever under the tutelage of head coach Tammy Turner.
In the 13 seasons Turner’s coached Crimson Tide girls basketball, she hasn’t had a team come out on such a fiery start.
In beating GBL rival and formerly undefeated Malden, 70-28, Tuesday night, the Tide upped their win streak to seven games while remaining undefeated. And they are playing some of the best ball in the area, much to the delight of coach Turner.
“[As a coach]it has nothing to do with our record, but just as long as the girls are willing to work hard and are having fun, I love it,” said Turner on how her season has turned out so far. “I have the work horses this year and I love it,” she said.