By Jerry DiStefano
The Everett High Crimson Tide boys’ basketball team had their worse season in the past 30 years in 2011–12; they went a staggering 5–15. What a difference a year makes, as the 2012–13 “Tide” are now 9–5 overall and have already clinched a spot in the state tournament.
“Last season was a very tough and frustrating year for my boys. This season we have a great mix of experienced players and young players. We play ten kids in our regular rotation, [who] all bring different things to the table. Also, these ten kids all produce, so this year’s team has great depth compared to last year’s team. We don’t just have one great player [who] makes things easier for everyone else on the team—it is a real collective team effort, with a different star emerging every night,” said Head Coach John DiBiaso.
Everett has three players averaging over double figures in scoring. The “Tide” also has five seniors on this year’s squad, three of whom are in the ten-man rotation. DiBiaso also has seven players on this current team who will return next year as well.
Everett’s last game was last Tuesday on the road against GBL rival Somerville; the “Tide” got the better of the Highlanders, 63–54. Coach DiBiaso was very pleased with the victory.
“Somerville is a very solid team. The game before ours, Somerville beat Cambridge and Cambridge is a very good team. We knew we were in a battle last Tuesday night. It was good to see the boys play so well in a hostile environment,” DiBiaso said.
They will play Methuen on Wednesday, February 13, at home and Waltham on Friday, February 15, on the road. Everett is also looking forward to Saturday night’s game on February 16, when they will square off again against Medford on the road.
The GBL championship will be on the line against Medford. The Crimson Tide can’t finish worse than with a share of the GBL championship but would love to win it outright.
“It is a hell of a turnaround from one season to the next. We go from our worse campaign in 30 years to having a chance to be back on top of the GBL. This league is a very tough league, so it speaks volumes [about] how much these boys have improved from one season to the next,” DiBiaso said.
The present and the future look very bright for Everett boys’ basketball; The Crimson Tide will look to extend their winning streak to two.