After last week`s layoff (No. Quincy game re-scheduled to Feb.) the 8th grade Dedham Metrowest Boys Basketball Team got back to business this past weekend. Make no mistake about it though, this was not a “week off” for any of the boys on this team!
Whenever a court was available, Coach John Maida (and Asst. Jake Reid) had these boys out on it practicing. As we`ve mentioned in the past, the Metrowest League is a highly competitive one, and calls for a great deal of commitment, hard work and dedication. All of the boys on this 8th grade team take basketball very seriously. On their days off from Metrowest, most of the boys play for the Dedham Middle School Team, along with any number of Dedham Recreation Dept. town teams. For most, basketball accounts for 5/6 days of their week.
Going in to last weekend`s game, Dedham had a record of 1-4, though they were “in” every game right up to the buzzer. On Sunday, they were facing a powerhouse team (6-0) from neighboring Medfield. Starter, Davin Sweeney (back) along with David Logan and Ty Rowell (illness) were all unavailable for this match.
Sometimes, “the numbers” alone though, just don`t tell the whole story of a game. Sure, Dylan Maida had another outstanding match (13pts – 2 rebounds – 2 assists – 4 steals) and Liam Dorsey continued his hot streak (17pts – 2 steals) for the Dedham boys. For this game, it was the long, tough, hard-fought battle on the court, and Dedham`s timing that made the difference.
The first quarter played for over 3 scoreless minutes, before Nick Loring buried a 3-pointer. With a pair of “threes” of his own, Dylan Maida led the boys from Dedham to an early 12-6 lead, before Medfield rallied to tie the game 16-16 at the half.
Medfield opened the third quarter with a pair of quick baskets, but Dedham remained unfazed throughout. One of the toughest, defensive battles we`ve seen, saw Medfield holding on to a one-point lead (26-25) at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter began with a couple of give and take baskets, until Liam Dorsey opened the game up a bit, hitting back-to-back three pointers. Medfield, though stunned, battled back once again to tie the game at 32 points each, with less than five minutes remaining on the clock.
It was Nick Loring`s 4pts and 8 rebounds, along with Corey Kilroy`s 3pts and 5 rebounds, that provided the framework for the Dedham team to build on. The extra-effort, hustle and drive of the always consistent Brandon Ruiz (9pts – 5 steals) made all of the difference. Coupled with a rebound and some solid passing from Kyle Micciche, Dylan Maida had some timely steals and added points from the line.
Brian Tavares, Mark Rella and Dan Labadini, were always in the right place at the right time on the floor, to repel Medfield`s comeback attempts. The final minute of the game took about 10 minutes to play, seeing its share of intentional fouls and time-outs from both sides.
In the end of this gritty match, we saw Dedham regain their winning ways and prevail 46-38! After the game, Coach John Maida shared his thoughts with us. “The difference between this week and the last couple of weeks, is that we made the plays needed to win, all the way down the stretch.” He added that “the boys remained focused for all 32 minutes, and good things happen when you play hard!”
This weekend, the boys travel to North Quincy and Natick for back-to-back games. Good Luck!
Story and Photos by: Joe Kilroy