Crimson Tide hoopster plays waiting game

Roger Vasquez puts up some shots prior to a Crimson Tide basketball game against Medford. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

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.

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