The recent mid-December snow storm, cancelled all Town Basketball games and make-up games were set in place. As school ended on Friday Dec. 20th for their Holiday break, the 8th grade Dedham Boys Metrowest Basketball Team found themselves with back-to-back ballgames scheduled over the weekend. The make-up game at home against West Roxbury was played on Saturday, with an away game vs. Wellesley the following day.
Despite missing their big man and leading scorer (Davin Sweeney out after re-aggravating a back injury sustained during football in October), the Dedham boys came out strong in their first game. Liam Dorsey (13pts – 1 assist – 2 steals) and Dylan Maida (5pts – 8 rebounds – 5 assists) played their usual strong game. It was the much needed “extra effort” of Nick Loring (19pts – 15 rebounds – 1 assist – 2 steals) however, that carried the local team through the match.
Dedham had a 14-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. The boys led 25-15 at the half, 43-21 at the end of the third and won the game 53-37! Brian Tavares (8pts – 3 rebounds), Brandon Ruiz (4pts – 3 rebounds – 2 assists – 2 steals), David Logan (3pts – 1 rebound) and Corey Kilroy (2pts – 1 rebound) accounted for the remainder of Dedham`s points. Newcomers Kyle Micciche (1 assist) and Daniel Labadini provided the relief, while Mark Rella was unavailable for both games.
The following day, against an always tough opponent in Wellesley, played out differently. The Dedham boys got their first point of the game on a free-throw from Corey Kilroy, starting the game trailing 9-1. Wellesley had a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and remained in control 21-17 at the half.
Once again, Nick Loring tried to work his magic (17pts – 6 rebounds – 1 assist – 1 steal), but without a full squad (Sweeney, Rella, Tavares unavailable), the boys trailed the entire game. Liam Dorsey was shutdown (0pts – 3 rebounds – 5 assists) and Dylan Maida (7pts – 6 rebounds – 2 assists) missed the fourth quarter due to foul trouble. Dedham`s Corey Kilroy (4pts – 3 rebounds), Tyrell Rowell (4pts – 2 rebounds), and Brandon Ruiz (4pts – 2 rebounds) did their best, but Dedham was behind 30-24 at the end of the third quarter and lost the game 44-36. David Logan and Kyle Micciche added rebounds and Daniel Labadini saw some quality time.
The previously undefeated boys (12-0) have begun this new season in Division 2 – with a 1-2 record. Coach Maida plans to keep the team focused and not worry about their record. There is plenty of basketball left in the 12-game season!Story and Photo by: Joe Kilroy