Malden: Starting their five graduating seniors, the Malden High Boys basketball team led from start to finish to close out their home schedule with a 65-47 victory over Minuteman Tech. The win pushes Malden to 8-9 on the season, needing two wins in their final three games to secure a state tournament berth. Malden gets right back to the court Thursday night when they travel to Dracut to take on the Middies.
"I told the seniors that this was their night but they had to perform given the stakes of the game." Malden coach Don Nally said after securing his 80th win as Tornadoes head coach. "I thought they all played well particularly Witche and our two guards."
Senior tri-captain Witche Exilhomme, playing in the final home game of his illustrious MHS athletic career, scored team-high 11 points to go along with four rebounds. Senior guards Dante Steene and Hiago DeSena chipped in with six and four points each and combined for 7 assists and 3 steals.
Freshman Anthony Gilardi came off the bench to score 8 points and 6 rebounds to go along with 2 blocks. The points and rebounds push the freshman past 100 in each category, making him the Tornadoes most prolific freshman scorer and rebounder since MHS Hall of Famer Mike Conner in 1989-90.
"Anthony has gotten better and better as the season has gone on" Nally said of his freshman forward. "He has become our most consistent rebounder and a solid option on offense."
Malden continues it's quest for an automatic tourney berth at Dracut on Thursday followed by games Sunday and Monday in the Woburn Shoot-out tournament.