As the clock wound down in the fourth quarter of No. 8 Everett’s 57-44 victory at Malden on Friday night, the Crimson Tide fan section began chanting “This is our house,” summing up the two Greater Boston League rivals’ rematch.
Junior forward Gary Clark had 13 points, senior forward Rodwell Blanc had 10 points, and senior guard Lubern Figaro added 8 as Everett (14-2, 6-2) avenged its Jan. 31 home loss to the Golden Tornadoes (9-8, 4-4).
“There’s nothing like playing Malden, they’re our biggest rival,” Figaro said. “That’s the game we’re always looking forward to. We had to come back, we had to redeem ourselves.”
Everett coach John DiBiaso called time out with his team leading, 41-34, with 7:08 remaining in the game. After the huddle, the Crimson Tide’s swarming full-court defense came to life, forcing turnovers and sparking a 10-2 run in the next 1:54.
“We just emphasized getting the ball inside and we emphasized going to the basket,” DiBiaso said. “In the fourth quarter, [Timmance] McKinney did a great job of going to the basket and played very unselfish. When we play like that, we’re a tough team to beat.”
Junior forward Anthony Gilardi scored 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Tornadoes’ upset in January. DiBiaso stuck Blanc on the athletic forward this time around, limiting the crafty swingman to 16 points.
“Rod did a tremendous job on Gilardi tonight,” DiBiaso said. “He helped win us the game, big time.”
The Crimson Tide square off against No. 6 Andover on Sunday. But DiBiaso’s players feel ready for any challenge the teams in Eastern Mass. may present.
“We’re the No. 1 team in the state,” Figaro said. “We know it, we just have to show it.”
BC High 76, West Roxbury 42 — Eagles Isaiah Bowman had 15 points and Phil Leotsakos 12.
Fenway 53, CASH 41 — Patrick Mansuy led the Panthers with 14 points and Jerry Lopes added 12.
Burke 58, Arlington Catholic 52 — Senior guard Jesse Bland topped all scorers with 16 points. Senior Jikhalil Smith added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-8).
Mansfield 73, North Attleborough 45 — Junior forward Michael Bowen led the Hornets (19-1) with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Catholic Memorial 95, Brockton 64 — Junior guard Guilien Smith keyed the No. 1 Knights (18-1) with 22 points.
Newton North 49, Needham 36 — Senior forward Infiniti Thomas-Waheed guided the Tigers (16-2) with 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Notre Dame (Hingham) 41, Somerville 36— Highlanders senior forward Melissa Baptista scored her 1,000th point, totaling 24 in a losing effort.
Pentucket 52, Newburyport 44 — Junior guard Kelsi McNamara led the Sachems (16-4) with 28 points.
Malden Catholic 11, Catholic Memorial 0 — The host Lancers (14-3-0) pounded the No. 4 Knights (9-5-3) as 12 players recorded a point for top-ranked MC. The Lancers scored six goals in the first period, including a hat trick by sophomore Matt Filipe.