Boys basketball earns second win over Marauders

The Raiders swept the season series with the Marauders on Friday night, returning from Dedham victorious with a 65-53 win. Photos by Michael Flanagan

By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

After a tough 55-39 loss to Framingham last Wednesday night, the Wellesley High School varsity basketball team bounced back with a 65-53 victory at Dedham on Friday to improve to 10-9 on the season. The win over the Marauders is Wellesley’s second in as many tries after taking down Dedham 63-38 at home on January 13.

 The Raiders get set to start the second half.

The Raiders get set to start the second half.

The Raiders were led by their normal tandem of tall and powerful forwards in senior captain Max Guiffre (nine points, two blocks, three steals), and senior captain Will Jackowitz (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Also leading the way for the Raiders on Friday night was junior guard Colin Blasco (12 points), going three-for-four from beyond the arc and two-for-two at the free throw line. Freshman point guard Anthony Lumley (nine points, five rebounds) continued to impress coming off the bench and show promise for the future with his slick ball handling skills and ability to move the ball up the floor with speed.

Forward Alex Barron (12 points, three assists) also had a great showing on the boards for Wellesley on Friday, snagging eight rebounds and drawing two charging calls early in the first half to set the tempo in favor of the Raiders. Along with Barron, the Raiders also saw production from beyond the arc through the impressive shooting of guard Ryan Murrey (eight points, two assists), who hit two three-pointers in the first two minutes of the game to allow Wellesley to jump out to a big 14-4 lead.

At the time of print, the Raiders will look to keep up their winning ways in their final two conference games in an attempt to keep their postseason hopes alive when they host archrival Needham on February 14 before traveling to Natick on February 16.

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