Tide Buries Malden, 85-63
Everett: Sometimes the numbers do tell the whole story. In this case, 28 and 23. As in 28 Malden turnovers and 23 Everett offensive rebounds. In a physical game that featured an astounding 86 free throws combined, Everett used their aggression on the glass to cruise to an 85-63 victory. The loss drops Malden to 4-3 on the season with back to back road losses.
"We were dominated in every phase of the game." Malden coach Don Nally said after the loss. "Sometimes it's not about talent but rather will, and we didn't have the will to compete tonight."
Everett jumped put to a 16-11 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter, the Crimson Tide got to the basket at will, closing out the first half with 39 points, to take a 39-28 lead into the second half. Malden was lead at the half by junior guard Terrance Maisonneuve, who score 16 of his game high 32 points in the first half. Maisonneuve has average 30ppg over the team's last 3 games but 2 have been in a losing effort.
"We just haven't been consistent offensively and we will not win games with one player doing all the scoring." Nally added.
Everett built their lead to 18 points in the 4th quarter before a 10-0 Malden run closed the gap to 8 points with under five minutes to play. Malden's legs gave out and Everett cruised down the stretch.
"We have a huge week next week, so we need to settle down and right the ship." Nally said. "We need to start at the defensive end and work from there. There is plenty of time."
Malden plays three games next week, starting Monday at Winthrop,followed by two straight GBL home games, Wednesday vs. Somerville and Friday vs. Cambridge.