Posted by: Coach P

Last night I visited the Watertown - Woburn game to watch the undefeated Stockmal brothers go at it with Hanell Velez.  The final score was Watertown 60 - Woburn 59 as Watertown junior Benyam Kerman was fouled with 1.6 seconds left in the game and converted on one of two shots for the one point win.  Watertown, who is now 9 - 0,  did not really play that wll but yet found a way to win.  Or on this night, it was really Woburn who found a way to lose.  This was a game Woburn could of won and should of won. The loss puts Woburn out of contention for the Middlesex League Championship as they suffered their third league loss of the season. Woburn was having their way early as they jumped out to a 30 - 17 lead against undefeated Watertown midway through the second quarter.  During this early part of the game, Woburn attacked Watertown's weakness as they dominated the game inside scoring at will and allowng Watertown one opportunity each time down the floor.  For what ever reason, Woburn stopped playing for the last 4 minutes of the second quarter.  Watertown clawed its way back into the game thanks to the play of Cory Stockmal, Kyle Stockmal, and Benyam Kerman who together outscored Woburn 11 - 0 to end the half down 2.  After that, Woburn and Watertown exchanged baskets the entire night as Watetown led by 2 at the end of the third quarter and led by just 1 when the final horn went off.   Hanell Velez continued to show that he is an extremely talented young man as he controlled the boards for Woburn (at least 15 defensive rebounds) and got to the paint whenever he wanted.  The problem being that Woburn did not look to get the ball to Hanell and Hanell did not look to score.  He only took a dozen shots on the night, and finished with just 12 points.   For Watertown twins, it was Kyle Stockmal netting 19 and Cory Stockmal netting 18 as thy both made big shots down the stretch.  Benyam Kerman was the difference maker this night as he got to the rim several times during the evening making some big baskets and getting himself to the foul line at the end of the game.  Again, these two didn't have their best game of the year, but again they found a way to win.  

Central Catholic remained undefeated at 6- 0 as they bested Chelmford 64 - 50.  Believe it or not, Central was behind by 8 points midway through the 3rd quater before they turned it on.  Billy Marsden again led the way for Central with 25 points.  Carson Desrosiers added 13, and Wilfredo Pagan added 10.  Adrian Gonzalez came off the bench for the second straight game to score 4 points.  Adrian says he's feeling fine now and he is ready to get back at it full time.  Expect him to be back in the starting line-up Friday night as Lawrence visits Central Catholic.

Tuesday Night Scores (1/9/08):

Watertown 60 - Woburn 59 (Kyle Stockmal -19, Cory Stockmal-18, and Hanell Velez-12)

Central Catholic 64 - Chelmsford 50 (Billy Marsden-25, Carson Desrosiers-13, and Wilfredo Pagan-11)

Lexington 81 - Reading 52 (Evan Smotrycz with 19 points)

Greater Lawrence 59 - Lynn Tech 57 (Donald Celestin 12 points)

Andover 65 - Methuen 34  (Kevin Polanco with 5 points)

Dracut 78 - Lawrence 68 (Justin Nieves 21 points and Jorge Escoto 7)

Burlington 81 - Belmont 60 ( Zach Hurynowicz with 11 points)

Lowell 76 - Billerica 44 (Matt Welch with 12 points)

North Andover 56 - Pentucket 28 (Sean McManus with 11 points)

Tewksbury 73 - Haverhilll 58 (Anthony Rios -20 and Charlie Roach-12)

Hamilton Wenham 52 - Georgetown 45 (Jayme Spears - 19, Julio Colon - 8)

Wilmington 58 - Newburyport 46

Malden 57 - Arlington 54



Posted by: Scott

                        NCAA Hoops
URI7 - 7
Quinnipiac 2 - 9
St. Anselms8 - 4
Merrimack2 -  10


                      Leading Scorers

NameTeamFG3'sFT's Reb. AvgPTSPTS Avg.
Chris VetranoSt.  Anselms 61-13536-8435-372.219316.1
Tom SipseyMerrmimack17 - 3717-340-11.6517.3
Carlos BrownMerrmimack22-438-153-40.6555
Greg VetranoSt.  Anselms 17-447-2210-141514.3
Casey CosgroveQunnipiac5-234-196-111.8201.8
Jonathan CruzURI7-120-14-51.1181.8
Posted by: Scott
Tomorrow night Johnathan Cruz will be playing on national televison against one  the nations top teams !!!!! Not only will he be playing in front of 20,000 people the game will be on Full Court ESPN, if you subscribe to it.  To all the highschool players out there , this is what hard work can do for you! Imagine the opportunity that Jon has tomorrow. Hope you all will follow him tomorrow and throughout the remainder of the year. He is a great player and has alot of upside to his game. He is one the most skilled guys I've seen around in a long time. There isn't anything he can't do on the floor. He can shoot, pass, dribble, and rebound. I can't stress to you guys enough that you must have all the tools to be able to play this game at a high level. Use Jon as an example that you can make yourself a player by being in the gym!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!