Tewksbury: Some nights, no matter how hard you fight, you just have to tip your hat to your opponent and fight another day. Behind 38 points from all-scholastic candidate Nate Fenaglia and 26 points from big man Justin Derrah, Tewksbury rolled to a 20pt home win vs. Malden. The loss drops the Tornadoes to 2-2 on the season as they prepare to enter into the Burlington Christmas Tournament this Sunday night in a first round matchup vs. Bedford High School.
"I'm not a big believer in morale victories but I thought tonight our team fought hard from start to finish without the results we would have liked." Malden Head Coach Don Nally said as his team boarded the bus home in this pre holiday tilt. "We are a young team and came up against a veteran, tournament tested team, that was shooting the ball very well."
How well? Tewksbury netted 10-18 shots from beyond the arc and shot 18-27 inside the 3pt line for a scintillating 57% clip. Fenaglia kept Malden off balance all night with a variety of stutter step moves and long range shots. When the senior point guard wasn't shooting, he was setting up Derrah for many of his game high 8 assists. The pair combined for 64 of the team's 81 points and 7 of the team's 10 3pt field goals. Malden shot just 42% from the field and a woeful 1-10 from beyond the arc. It was the first game all season that the Tornadoes failed to net at least five 3pt field goals.
Sophomore Fern Berard played the best game of his young varsity career for the Tornadoes. The lanky swingman scored a career-high 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. His fellow sophomore, 6'4 Isaiah Likely also played the best game of his career. Likely finished with a career high 13 points as well as a career high 12 rebounds, all off the bench. The two sophomores provided a glimpse into the Tornadoes future as the team struggles to gain an identity during the start of the season.
"We are going to have our difficulties at times this year, with three sophomores playing significant minutes." Nally said. "I guarantee they will learn from games like these and it will pay off down the road. Hopefully sooner than some might think."
It can't come soon enough for the Tornado faithful as they return to action Sunday night at 5pm to take on Bedford at Burlington High School.
Malden Boxscore: Berard 19pts, Nate Ilebode 16pts, Likely 13pts, Bernard Taylor 5pts, Danny Perez 5pts, Mark Rogers 3pts