The Chelsea High boys basketball team turned in a pair of fine efforts to claim victories over Lynn Tech and Shawsheen Tech this past week. The twin wins, which completed the regular season for the Red Devils, raised their record to 14-6, completing quite a turnaround from their 2-4 start.
Friday night’s contest with Lynn Tech was a well played affair by both squads. Chelsea held a lead of 22-14 after the first period, but Tech whittled the advantage down to 33-31 at the half and then overtook the Red Devils in the third stanza, 45-44.
However, Chelsea star Sammy Mojica got down to business in the final eight minutes, hitting for nine of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, to pace the Red Devils to a 62-53 triumph.
Sean Quiroz (15 points), Eddie Rosales (14), and Kevin DeJesus (10) all reached double figures in the well balanced CHS offensive attack.
“We played our best basketball of the game in the last quarter,” noted CHS head coach Jay Seigal. “We played smart on the offensive end and dug in on defense.”
Tuesday evening’s encounter with Shawsheen saw the Red Devils have plenty of incentive to put in a big effort: They wanted to avenge an earlier loss at Shawsheen in which Chelsea blew a 15 point lead in the fourth quarter and lose at the buzzer; Shawsheen needed a win to reach the tourney; and it was Senior Night.
The Red Devils came out flying and, unlike their first match with Shawsheen, never let up. Chelsea held leads of 24-16, 42-28, and 61-45 at the first three junctures and enlarged their bulge to as many as 20 points in the fourth frame en route to a 76-56 triumph.
“The difference between this game and our first game with Shawsheen is that we played an entire 32 minutes,” said Seigal.
Mojica struck for 25 points, followed by DeJesus with 16, Quiroz with 13, and Ian Martin with 12. “This was Ian’s best game of the season,” noted Seigal. “He’s been slowed by an ankle injury for about a month, but he seems to be back at full speed.”
The Red Devils now will have more than a week to rest and practice as they await the announcement of their seeding and first round pairing in the North Sectional of the MIAA Division 2 State Tournament. Chelsea, with its 14-6 record, should have a good shot at being awarded a home game to start the tourney.
Lady Red Devils end on winning note
The Chelsea High girls basketball team ended its season on an appropriate winning note on Senior Night with a 48-36 triumph over Northeast Regional Vocational School. The victory improved the Lady Red Devils’ final mark to 10-7.
Tatiana Fontes turned in a superb effort with 17 points, as did Shuly Sejour with 11 points. Although Lady Red Devil Karolyn Moni registered only four points in the scorebook, she was immense on defense, holding Northeast’s leading scorer to just seven points on the evening.
Other scorers for Chelsea were Marsha Mars and Anisa Santiago with five points each and Crystal Rodriguez and Devicanette DeJesus with three points apiece.
The Lady Red Devils previously had dropped a 51-39 contest to No. Shore/Essex Aggie last week. Mars was immense for Chelsea, hitting for a game high 14 points, including her team’s first eight points of the contest. Sejour hit for 11, followed by Santiago with eight, Moni with four, and Rodriguez with two.
Two Lady Red Devils, seniors Moni and Sejour, will represent the Red and Black at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference all star game.