The Chelsea High boys basketball team put forth a valiant effort, but came up on the short end of a 63-58 decision to Greater Lawrence Monday at the CHS gymnasium.
The Red Devils were ahead by two points at the end of three periods, but Greater Lawrence went on a short run at the start of the fourth frame to open up a five point lead. The teams battled up and down the floor the rest of the way, but the Red Devils were unable to make a dent in the GL margin.
“We played very well at times, but we still are very inconsistent,” said veteran CHS head coach Jay Seigal. “We have primarily a young team and most of our players have little or no varsity experience, so this will continue to be a learning process for us.”
Senior co-captains Carlos Vazquez and Eddie Irizarry paced the Red Devils in the scoring column with 20 and nine points respectively. Hector Sarmiento struck for eight points, followed by Jorge Ramos with seven, Guillermo Zelada with six, Oscar Sabillon with five, and Tito Medrano with two.
That duo of Vazquez and Irizarry also led the way for Chelsea last Friday at Greater Lowell. Carlos poured in 24 points and Eddie pumped in 18, but their combined efforts were not enough in a 73-59 loss.
The contest was closer than the final score would indicate. Greater Lowell, thanks to some deadly outside shooting from three point land, built a 45-28 lead at the half. But after the intermission the Red Devil defense tightened and Chelsea sliced the deficit significantly to trail by only a slim 47-44 margin after three periods.
The teams were separated by a still-close six points with three minutes to play, but Greater Lowell hit its shots down the stretch to hang onto the victory.
Other point scorers for the Red Devils were Sabillon with seven, Sarmiento with five, Zelada with five, and Ramos with a pair.
Chelsea was set to entertain former longtime Greater Boston rival Revere last night (Wednesday). If nothing else, the contest will decide preliminary bragging rights in the Seigal household, as Red Devil coach Jay Seigal’s son, Jason, is a member of the RHS team.
Chelsea will play in the Beverly Christmas Tourney next week. The Devils will face Boston Latin in the opening round game next Thursday at 6:00 in Beverly.