Red Devils shake off slow start, register ninth win in 10 games
Kamoury Appleberry scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Red Devils to a 56-50 win over Greater Lawrence Friday night, Jan. 17, at Chelsea High in boys basketball. The win boosted Chelsea’s record to 9-1 going into a non-conference game against 10th ranked Everett Wednesday night, Jan. 22.
The Red Devils got off to a slow start against the 4-4 Reggies, trailing 12-5 after a period. But Appleberry, who was held scoreless in the first period, erupted for 12 points, while Chelsea turned up the defensive heat and quieted Greater Lawrence’s offense to take a 23-16 lead into halftime. Chelsea came out strong in the second half and pulled out to a 14-point lead, 44-27 late in the third quarter, but Greater Lawrence surged to pull within 10 at the end of three, 44-34. Freshman Luis Garcia (20 points) kept it close in the fourth quarter as Chelsea’s shooting cooled. Chelsea’s lead shrunk to 4 points but key foul shooting by Appleberry (4-for-4 from the line in the fourth quarter) and Armani Cheek (2-4), preserved the Red Devils lead. In the closing seconds with Chelsea up 56-50, Chelsea center Jaciel Mejia blocked a Wanger Languasco drive to seal the win for Chelsea.
Joining Appleberry on the score sheet for Chelsea were Cheek, (9 points), Zaheim Smith (6), Dangelo Mojica (5), Ace Irola, (4), Jomar Vazquez (3) and Jamison Guillame, Ricardo Maldonado, and Eldon Bonitto each with two points.