Although the Chelsea High basketball team was unable to break into the win column last Wednesday against Revere, the Red Devils, who feature many underclassmen with little or no varsity experience, showed that they are making strides as the 2012-13 campaign progresses.
“We played well and clearly are headed in the right direction,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal. Chelsea held a 17-13 advantage after one period and a 28-27 edge at the intermission. “We gave Chelsea too many second chances in the first half and it cost us,” lamented RHS head coach Rick Hayes.
However, Revere did a better job on their defensive boards at the outset of the second half, limiting Chelsea to just seven points in the third quarter to move out to a 42-35 lead after three frames. The Red Devils committed a number of turnovers against the Patriots’ 2-2-1 press that led to fast break opportunities for Revere.
However, Seigal and his crew made the necessary adjustments and got within a bucket, 45-43, with about 3:30 to play. The teams battled back and forth until Revere made some nice shots to open up some daylight in the final minute.
“I liked the way we dug in and moved the ball to come back,” said Seigal. “The boys played hard and I was very proud of their effort.”
Chelsea and Revere have renewed their ancient rivalry in recent years and it has become one of the highlights of their respective schedules. Both teams seem to get especially “up” for the encounter with their foes from other end of Broadway.
The contest also has had additional significance in that Seigal’s son, Jay, is a junior on the Revere High team. Last year the teams split their two contests, but for now, Jason will have the bragging rights in the Seigal household.
Carlos Vazquez once again led Chelsea in the scoring department with 19 points, while Jorge Ramos connected on some three pointers.
Chelsea will play in the Beverly Christmas Tourney this week. The Red Devils will face Boston Latin in the opening round game today (Thursday) at 6:00 in Beverly.