The Winthrop High boys basketball team unwrapped an early Christmas present for themselves with a solid 56-51 victory over Gloucester last Thursday evening in the local gym.
â€œThis was a big win for us,â€ said WHS head coach Dave Brown. â€œGloucester has all five starters returning and they played us tough last year, so for us to beat them and go into the Christmas break with a 3-1 record is a nice place to be.â€
Viking Quinton Dale, who is improving game by game, turned in a superb, triple double performance with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. However, Q was not alone in the production department, as Joe Dâ€™Amore and J.P. Doherty both reached double figures with 11 points. Taj Generazzo had a nifty all around performance with seven points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.
The contest was highlighted by a two handed dunk by Dâ€™Amore, the first dunk by a Viking in at least a decade. Brown also lauded the defensive work by Michael Griffin, who held Gloucesterâ€™s top scorer, Adam Philpott, who came into the game with a 26 ppg. average, to just five points.
â€œMichael had only six points, but he did a great job for us defensively,â€ noted Brown. â€œOur entire team played well on defense and that was the key to our victory.
â€œThe team seems to be improving every day,â€ continued the coach. â€œThey have a good work ethic, everybody is dong their job, and they want to win.â€
The Vikings are off for the holiday break, though Brown will be putting his charges through their paces with some tough practices. They return to action with a pair of back to back home games next week, hosting Saugus on Tuesday and Innovative Charter Academy of Tyngsboro on Wednesday. Tip off is 7:00 for both contests.