“Tonight I was able to score, but on another night it might be somebody else. We know we have to play as a team and win together.”
Peabody went up by 19 points in the fourth quarter after Aaron Loredo hit a pair of foul shots before Revere cut into the lead, taking advantage of the bonus situation at the foul line. Peabody’s Jared McCarron (9 points) fouled out with just over three minutes remaining.
The Patriots cut it to eight points after Ravi Ryland (12 points) hit a three-pointer with two minutes remaining. The Tanners were a little sloppy, missing free throws and turning the ball over in the late going before Brendan Morrison gave Onessimo a perfect pass for an easy layup to get it back to 10 points with just over a minute left. From that point Revere was forced to foul, and the Tanners made 6-of-8 freebies in the final minute.
“We didn’t hit enough shots,” said Revere coach Adam Rizzo. “Defensively I thought we played great, but we weren’t knocking down our shots. Our offense got a little stale. We try to play up tempo, but we didn’t have many chances to run tonight. “We don’t have a lot of height, but in Revere we’re never blessed with height so we have to make up for it.”
Michael Ciambelli (11) and Jason Seigal (10) were in double figures for the Patriots.
Onessimo, D’Amato, McCarron, Morrison and Loredo all had steals for the Tanners, who used their speed to create problems for the visitors. Correale was the playmaker, setting up his teammates for easy baskets.
“We’re a work in progress with so many new faces,” said Broughton. “What I’m trying to do is get everybody to jell, and it’s going to take time. This year we’ll get offense from a variety of people.”