The Chelsea High boys basketball team improved to 2-0 in the Large Division of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference with a big 53-42 victory over Shawsheen Tech Tuesday evening at the CHS gym.
After trailing 12-9 at the end of the first period, the Red Devils asserted control of the contest in the middle quarters, moving out to a 25-17 lead at the intermission and lengthening it to a gaping 48-26 bulge after three. Doing a little math reveals that Chelsea outscored their guests by a wide 39-14 tally in the second and third stanzas.
Although Shawsheen closed the gap somewhat over the final eight minutes, the Red Devil lead never dropped below nine.
Oscar Sabillon led Chelsea in the point-scoring column with 19 points. Eric Flores also reached double figures with 12 points, including some three pointers down the stretch that thwarted Shawsheen’s dreams of a comeback bid.
Kevin Almeida hit for seven points, followed by Jorge Ramos with five, Eric Fernandez with four, and Guillermo Zelata, Albert Alicea, and Victor Corrales with two apiece.
“Shawsheen had a couple of players who were much taller than any of our guys, but we utilized our speed and quickness to beat them downcourt,” said CHS head coach Jay Seigal, who gave a shout-out to Alicea for his hard-nosed defensive effort. “We played with a lot of energy and hustle after a slow start and that proved to be the difference.”
The Red Devils had been scheduled to play Lynn Tech last Friday, but that contest was snowed out.
Chelsea, which now stands at 2-3 on the season, will host arch-rival Revere tonight (Thursday) in a contest that brings with it bragging rights in the Seigal household inasmuch as coach Jay Seigal’s son, Jason, plays for Revere. Incidentally, Jason Seigal scored 30 points for his Patriot team in a recent winning effort over Winchester. Tip-off time for the Revere tilt is 7:00.
The Red Devils will travel to Whittier tomorrow and host Northeast Vocational School Tuesday.