PEABODY — Fans kept hearing the announcer say Onessimo many times last night in Peabody’s 68-41 victory over North Shore/Essex Aggie. That’s because the home team’s senior forward Brian Onessimo scored a career high 29 points in the second and third quarters to lead the Tanners to victory.
Not only was he automatic inside, but Onessimo also finished with a double-double with 11 rebounds and four steals. The game was close in the early going as both teams were cold shooting, but Onessimo changed that in the second quarter when he poured in eight points during an 11-3 run that put Peabody on top for good. The Tanners (3-5) closed out the quarter by scoring the last seven points to take an 11 point lead into intermission.
Onessimo had a great night, but he wasn’t a one-man show. His teammates realized he had the hot hand and kept feeding the ball to him. Bobby Sullivan, Matt Correale, Jared McCarron, and freshman Matt D’Amato gave Onessimo some great passes.
One of the keys to victory was holding Trace Schaejbe to 11 points. The junior had 31 for the Hawks in the loss to Greater Lowell the night before, but was covered closely all game.
“He’s having a fantastic year,” said Tanner coach Thad Broughton. “We know how great he is offensively and had to make sure we stayed with him at all times.”
Peabody had a distinct height advantage and crashed the boards led by Onessimo, Sullivan (eight), and Jared McCarron (six). Schaejbe got in early foul trouble and had to sit out much of the second quarter when the Tanners dominated. In the middle two quarters the Tanners had a 43-18 scoring advantage.
“Onessimo led us, and McCarron had one of his best games of the year even though he didn’t score that many points (seven),” said Broughton. “Sullivan did a nice job on the boards. We’re going on a stretch with a bunch of games in the next couple of weeks so it was very important to come out and play well tonight.