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December 17, 2013

Onessimo, Correale pace Peabody boys hoop to opening night triumph

PEABODY — On a team with a lot of newcomers, the Peabody High boys basketball team got some key performances from senior Brian Onessimo and junior Matt Correale to earn a win on opening night.

Both Onessimo and Correale scored 17 points as the Tanners knocked off Northeastern Conference rival Revere, 69-53, last night at the Peabody High Fieldhouse.

“The first game is always tough — and that’s especially true for us this season,” said head coach Thad Broughton. “This is the first time a lot of these guys have played together. We have only been practicing for 10 or 12 days and we don’t have many returnees.

“I was happy with the effort; Revere played hard and it was a good physical game. We made a lot of mistakes and some mental errors that we have to correct, but the more we practice together the better we will be.”

The Tanners played two freshmen last night: Matt D’Amato started at point guard and Moisee Irizarry came off the bench and contributed to the victory.

“D’Amato has a lot of responsibilities at point guard, and he handled himself well,” Broughton said.

It took a while for Peabody to find its rhythm as the Patriots enjoyed an early lead, but the hosts roared back after D’Amato and Correale hit back-to-back three-pointers to put them ahead, 8-7. It was tied up two more times before Peabody went on an 8-0 run early in the second quarter to take a 20-14 lead, one in which they never relinquished.

By halftime Peabody had a 28-23 lead and had opened up a 15-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

“This was a good learning experience for us,” said Onessimo, one of four seniors on the team. “We have to work on some things and not get into foul trouble like we did tonight; we’ll tie up any loose ends in practice.

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