BATH TWP. — It took a few minutes to get the ball rolling, but it rolled fast once it did.
Unfortunately for the Cloverleaf boys basketball team, the ball and Revere rolled right over them.
The Minutemen rebounded from a sluggish first few minutes and trounced the Colts 77-38 in a Suburban League tilt Friday night.
Jumping to a quick 6-2, lead the Colts (1-14, 0-9) had the Minutemen (8-7, 4-5) on their heels.
Then sophomore shooting guard Teddy Hughes went crazy and buried shots from all over the floor. Hughes scored 15 of his game-high 26 points in the first quarter and sparked Revere to a 32-4 run that had the game decided early in the second quarter.
“They just found me open,” Hughes said. “They got me good looks, it felt good and they went in.”
Hughes did the majority of his damage behind the 3-point line, nailing 7-of-12 treys, including 4-of-6 in the first quarter.
“He’s a very good shooter,” Revere coach Dean Rahas said. “Our guys did a good job recognizing he was hot and getting him the ball. Our guys passed shots up to get him the ball because they knew he was hot. He was able to knock shots down.”
When Hughes took a seat on the bench to catch his breath late in the first, Zach Lalkowski took over.
A first-team All-SL wide receiver, Lalkowski (19 points) had a personal 8-0 run during the decisive scoring spurt and made all sorts of layups — many of the acrobatic variety.
“I told Zach that when he’s driving to the hoop like that and I’m shooting the way I was that there is not a team in the area that can stop us,” Hughes said.
Jordan Holtkamp was a big beneficiary of the hot-shooting play of Hughes and Lalkowski, dishing out 11 assist as Revere had 21 dimes on 31 field goals.
“Guys were making the extra pass,” Rahas said. “Typically if you make the extra pass, you tend to shoot a higher percentage. I think we did a good job of that.”
Revere knocked down 31-of-58 shots for the game, including 10-of-23 3-pointers.
While the Minutemen caught fire from the field, the Colts were ice cold and struggled to string anything together or hold onto the ball. Cloverleaf committed 23 turnovers and shot 28 percent (12-for-43) on a night when nothing went its way.
“We definitely had trouble getting the ball in the hole,” coach Marty Ryan said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with for quite a while now. We’ve got to keep working on it and get our shooting percentage up. That can stop big slides like the one that happened today.”
The Minutemen held a surprising 37-17 rebounding advantage after losing the battle on the glass against the Colts in the previous meeting, a 57-41 Revere win.
Rahas took his foot off the throttle at the end of the third quarter and emptied his bench with a 70-33 lead.
Andrew Jarrett (career-high 11 points) and Dillon Mullins (11, 7 rebounds) were about all the Colts had on the offensive end.
|Revere earned the sweep with a 64-26 win on the junior varsity game. Lance Milovancev led the Minutemen with 14 and Michael Martin led the Colts with 11.|
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Revere 77, Cloverleaf 38
CLOVERLEAF 10 12 11 5 — 38
REVERE 23 23 24 7 — 77
Cloverleaf — Ryan O’Callaghan 1-0-2, Andrew Jarrett 3-5-11, Dillon Mullins 4-3-11, Damian Tripp 1-3-5, Braedon Hansen 2-0-6, Troy Kapeluck 1-1-3, Matt Geig 0-0-0, Garrison Flora 0-0-0, A.J. Timken 0-0-0. TOTALS: 12-12-38.
Revere — Teddy Hughes 9-1-26, Max Tisdale 2-0-4, Zach Lalkowski 9-1-19, Jordan Holtkamp 1-0-2, Shane O’Brien 1-0-3, Dylan Geig 2-0-4, Desmond Rozek 3-2-8, Dylan Seikel 2-0-6, Nick Kuhn 0-0-0, Mike Hill 0-1-1, Luke Kayafas 2-0-4. TOTALS: 31-5-77.
3-point goals — Hansen 2, Hughes 7, Seikel 2, O’Brien. Rebounds — Cloverleaf 17 (Mullins 7), Revere 37 (Rozek 8). Assists — Cloverleaf 2 (Flora, O’Callaghan), Revere 21 (Holtkamp 11). Record — Revere (8-7, 4-5), Cloverleaf (1-14, 0-9). Junior varsity — Revere 64, Cloverleaf 26.