Boston High School: Robert Wesoloski

Recap: St. Mary's (Lynn) 78, Arlington Cath. 63

January, 30, 2012
ARLINGTON, Mass. — Nick Gagliolo knew at some point that he would set a personal milestone. He just didn’t think it would come in the matter in which it came.

Gagliolo shook off a woeful start from the field to torch Arlington Catholic (10-3) with 25 second half points — surpassing 1,000 points for his high school career — as the Spartans (13-3) rallied from a double-digit deficit to take home a 78-63 victory last night.

The 6-foot-1 senior finished with a game-high 29 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the second half after posting four points at a 10 percent clip in the first two quarters of the game.

“The first half I was thinking about it way too much,” said Gagliolo, who was 15 points shy of the milestone coming into the game. “The second half I was just like I want to win the game and I got my mind off of it. That’s how basketball works.”

Gagliolo’s production mirrored his teams output in the first half as the Spartans settled for jumpers and seemed confused as to what shooting a ball from the inside the arc was really like. Once the Spartans got moving towards the hoop, the rust started to wear off and the shots that were forced and out of rhythm of the offense started to look a little more polished.

The Spartans fell down by 17 at the half, but Gagliolo’s 15th and 1,000th of his career gave wiped away the deficit with the clock striking zero in the third quarter. He maneuvered his way towards the free throw line and pulled up for a elbow jumper just before the buzzer sounded to knot things up at 46.

Gagliolo worked his way to the line on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and hit 1-of-2 at the line to give the Spartans their first lead of the game. He then went on a white-hot tear, hitting three 3-pointers in a row and the shots from the deep weren’t forced like they were in the first. He canned two transition 3-pointers without hesitation, and his final trey gave St. Mary’s a 59-52 lead.

"He’s got length, size and speed,” said Spartans’ head coach Kevin Moran. “He’s more of a slasher type of player and he’s tough to cover because he’s quick and athletic.”

Get to the rim -- and good things will happen: That’s what the message from Moran to his team at halftime was. The Spartans were 3-of-12 from downtown in the first half and went the entire 16 minutes without recording a single offensive rebound, while only taking two foul shots in that span.

“We put them on notice that first-pass 3-point shots are no good,” said Moran. “We lived off that in the first half, and our strength is the team as a group. If we go to the hoop then we are strong and then we can take advantage of our shots. It was moving the ball and getting inside.”

The numbers took on a completely different look for the Spartans after the halftime pep talk. St. Mary’s out-rebounded the Cougars 17-10 — with five of those boards on the offensive end — and it held a 17-2 advantage in free throws attempted in the second half.

“We had a huge talk at halftime,” said Gagliolo. “We were playing awful and we knew that we had to step it up. … It was an all-around team effort.”

Tommy Deveau stole the ball at halfcourt and took it hard to the rim where he had two Cougars draped all over him, but somehow the ball found it’s way into the hoop for the hoop-and-the-harm. Deveau nailed the free throw for a 73-60 lead with 2:01 left in the game to put an exclamation point on the comeback.

Aggressors no more: It was all Arlington Catholic in the first half, as they dominated on the inside and siphoned the ball around to open shooters in good scoring positions.

Robert Wesoloski had 12 points and eight rebounds at the break, and the Cougars held a 25-10 advantage on the boards. But instead of pounding away at the Spartans with the 17-point lead, the Courgars settled for outside shots and looked awfully similar to their opponents from the first half.

“I thought we were getting inside, but when we got it in to (Wesoloski) they were double and triple teaming him,” said Cougars head coach Joel Burke. “Our shot selection was kind of poor and we need to identify those double-teams and kick the ball out to open guys. … We lost to a great team and we have to get back at it tomorrow.”

Bay State Games: Day 2 Recap

July, 6, 2011
Courtesy Bay State Games media relations director Peter Cohenno:

Bentley University – Waltham, MA

Northeast 8, Metro 5

Northeast opened the first inning with four quick runs and hung onto their early lead, going on to defeat Metro by an 8-5 margin.

Metro scored once in the first inning, followed by scoreless second and third innings for both squads. Northeast answered in the fourth inning, with a double by sophomore second baseman Riley Warnock (North Reading, North Reading HS), who stole third base as well. Junior catcher Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Concord Carlisle) and junior shortstop Jenssy Troncoso (Salem, Salem HS) both crossed the plate, increasing the lead to 6-1.

Metro kept working to battle back in the fourth inning with another sole unearned run scored by junior second baseman Adam Lucey (Malden, Malden HS).

The squads traded two runs each in the fifth inning. Northeast earned its runs on a series of three singles by junior Hector Perez (Lawrence, Lawrence HS), junior first baseman Sean Glabicky (Peabody, Malden Catholic), and junior catcher Brendon Canavan (Carlisle, Concord Carlisle). Metro answered with a single by sophomore catcher Jake Porrazzo (Medford, Malden Catholic) and an unearned run by junior catcher Connor Murray (Lexington, Lexington HS).

Metro held Northeast scoreless through the sixth. Metro’s junior first baseman Robert Wesoloski (Arlington, Arlington Catholic) singled up the middle during the bottom of the sixth, going on to earn Metro’s fourth run of the game. However, it wasn’t enough to overtake Northeast’s commanding lead.

Northeast pitcher, sophomore Scott Tully (Reading, Reading HS), picked up the win, allowing four runs in as many innings, and striking out four batters. He was buoyed by closer junior Ben Panunzio (Middleton, Masconomet Reg. HS), who allowed one run and struck out one in the final two innings.

Southeast 7, Central 6

Junior second baseman Chuckie Connors (Hingham, Boston College HS) went 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored and helped ignite a comeback in the bottom of the sixth inning that lifted Southeast over Central, 7-6.

Southeast scored four runs in the first two innings to take control of the game, 4-0. In the first, batting in the leadoff spot, Connors walked and then came around to score on a double by junior first baseman Phil Sciretta (Duxbury, Nobles and Greenough). With two outs, sophomore leftfielder Cameron Hanley (Walpole, Walpole HS) singled up the middle to drive in Sciretta and junior designated hitter Will Cousins (Medfield, Medfield HS) followed with a base hit to score Hanley. Southeast tacked on an unearned run in the second.

Central took a big bite out of the deficit in the fourth with three runs. After a pair of walks, junior designated hitter Andrew Montiverdi (Worcester, Worcester Tech HS) singled to right center to push home junior catcher Daniel Whigham (Barre, Quabbin Reg HS). With two outs, junior right fielder Thomas Paine (Upton, Nipmuc Reg HS) singled to right to drive in Montiverdi and junior third baseman Sam Ashline (Clinton, Nashoba Reg HS).

Southeast added a buffer with a run in the fifth to make it 5-3. Junior designated hitter Sean Greene (Hingham, Hingham HS) tripled to left center to drive in junior leftfielder Jake Petruzzelli (Abington, South Shore Voc Tech HS).

Despite trailing the entire game, Central battled back to snatch the lead, 6-5, in the sixth inning. After a double by junior designated hitter Matt Leahey (Rutland, Wachusett Reg HS) put runners on second and third, sophomore first baseman Zackary Tower (Auburn, Auburn HS) doubled to right center to knock in both runners. A costly error with two outs allowed Tower to come around to put Central on top.

Southeast recaptured the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth. Junior centerfielder Nick Ahearn (Norfolk, Xaverian Bros HS) earned a walk to start the inning and came home on a triple by Connors to tie the game. However, Connors got cut down at home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Adams later in the frame. After advancing on the play, Adams scored the winning run on a single to right by Sciretta, who was 2-for-4.

Junior pitcher Connor Farrell (Hopkinton, Hopkinton HS) earned the save after he was able to escape the seventh inning unscathed despite surrendering a leadoff walk.

West 10, Coastal 3

Junior centerfielder John Kinne (Great Barrington, Monument Mountain) went 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored to pace the West’s offense on the way to a decisive 10-3 victory.

Coastal’s sophomore centerfielder Dan Doughtery (Pembroke, Boston College HS) tallied the first run off a ground out from sophomore first baseman Zachary Perry (Rochester, Tabor Academy). Junior shortstop Jake Salpietro (Berkley, Somerset HS) scored an unearned run after, which would prove to be Coastal’s last run until the seventh inning.

West took command of the game in the second inning when its offense was ignited by a two-run triple from Kinne. West scored four runs on four hits in the frame.

West maintained control of the game’s momentum into the third and fourth innings, scoring another six runs. Junior centerfielder John Kinne (Great Barrington, Monument Mountain) contributed to the team’s offense once again, with a three-run double to left field. Junior rightfielder Anthony Nomakeo (Westfield, Westfield HS) contributed as well, driving home Kinne.

West stretched their lead by another two runs in the fourth inning after junior first baseman Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Tabor) and junior shortstop Frank Crinella (East Longmeadow, Cathedral HS) both scored on Coastal errors.

Coastal’s offensive was quelled by a stellar performance by West junior pitcher Steve Moyers (East Longmeadow, East Longmeadow HS). He pitched the first five innings, facing 18 batters and allowing only two runs. His reliever, junior Joelfi Arias (Springfield, Central HS), finished off Coastal, allowing only one run in two innings of work.

Southeast 12, Metro 8

Southeast had five batters with multiple-hit efforts led by Walpole High School sophomores Johnny Adams (Walpole, Walpole HS), who went 4-for-5 with four runs scored, and leftfielder Cameron Hanley (Walpole, Walpole HS), who was 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and two runs, in a 12-8 victory over Metro.

Junior first baseman Sean Greene (Hingham, Hingham HS), junior catcher Will Cousins (Medfield, Medfield HS) and sophomore designated hitter Mark Poli (Medfield, Nobles and Greenough) each reached base three times with two hits and a walk for Southeast.

Southeast jumped out to an 11-0 advantage before Metro was able to claw back and make it interesting with two runs in the fifth and six in the bottom of the seventh.

Sophomore Andrew Dawson (Medway, Medway HS) earned the win on the hill for Southeast, going three shutout innings while allowing just one hit and fanning three.