"This game was particularly frustrating for us because we really did control our own destiny in the GBL." Malden Coach Don Nally said in the home team locker room after the game. "We just didn't seize the opportunity and it really started at the offensive end for us, we just couldn't get anything going."
Malden started the game strong, jumping out to an 11-9 advantage after one quarter. The Tornadoes featured a new starting lineup with junior forward Jason Surpris making his first career varsity start and freshman forward Anthony Gilardi doing the same. The Tornadoes played the game with leading scorer Terrance Maisonneuve just returning to the team after dealing with the flu for the past week. The lack of offense showed up in the second quarter as the Crimson Tide held the Tornadoes to just 6 points to take a 10 pt lead into halftime at 27-17.
The third quarter would be more of the same for the Tornadoes, as they continued to scuffle offensively, scoring just 9 points in the quarter, finding themselves down by 15 heading into the game's final 8 minutes. Malden would make a mini-run at the halfway point of the quarter, led by Maisonneuve's 9 4th quarter points but it would not be enough to keep the Tornadoes from dropping their 2nd straight game and 6th in their last 9 contests. Surpris would make the most of his first career varsity start, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds, both team high's.
"We need to regroup." Nally added. "We have two more games this week, starting tomorrow at Minuteman Tech and Friday at Somerville. If we plan on making the State Tournament, it begins tomorrow."
Malden's game at Minuteman Tech begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday and the Friday night game at Somerville starts at 7:00pm.