The Revere High boys basketball team dropped a pair of contests this week, falling by a 55-51 score to Peabody and 66-60 to Gloucester.
Both games were winnable for the Patriots, though for different reasons.
RHS head coach Rock Hayes labeled the loss to Peabody as â€œthe worst game a team has played in my three years as head coach,â€ as he noted that his Patriots hit on only 12 of 24 foul shots, missed numerous lay ups of the gimmeâ€™ variety, and committed 18 turnovers.
â€œWe simply were not sharp, which was very disappointing because we had just knocked off an undefeated Chelsea team,â€ said the coach.
Greg Cabral was the top Patriot in the scoring column with 16 points. Trey Weathers and Matt Handy reached double figures with 10 points each, while Dan Boyce chipped in with six, Frank Colleran added four, and Will Weathers and Paul Norton had a deuce apiece.
However, the Patriots did a turnaround in their next contest a couple of days later against a strong Gloucester team and almost pulled off an upset victory.
The Fishermen employed a diamond and one defense against Trey Weathers, but that allowed Cabral to get some good looks at the basket. Greg took full advantage of the opportunity, as he poured in a season high of 31 points, tops for the Pats this season.
Will Weathers and Handy hit for seven points each. Trey Weathers and Greg Hemingway added four points apiece, Norton contributed three, and Ed Maglio and Chris Adreani had two points each.
â€œGloucester has a lot of height and they outrebounded us, but what really killed us was our inability to put the ball in the hoop on our chances inside,â€ said Hayes, who noted that his team missed 28 shots inside the paint (although they shot a much improved 14 for 18 from the free throw line).
Hayes and crew have four games ahead in a nine span, starting with a contest last night (Tuesday) at Saugus. The Pats will host Marblehead Friday, travel to Peabody Sunday, and host Chelsea next Wednesday in a return encounter with the Red Devils.