Although Tucker has always been among the most talented of his peers — O’Neill said even in sixth grade, when players from Kingston, Halifax, and Plympton were teamed up for a single travel team, Tucker was the top player — he has seemingly taken his game to the next level, opening the door for a potential college career.
He is hoping to play at Saint Anselm, a Division 2 program in Manchester, N.H., though he may join his brother at Bridgewater State.
“I want to stay around here, ya know?” Tucker said. “I’m kind of a family guy.”
Notre Dame halts Oliver Ames
McKenna Cudgma powered the Notre Dame Academy girls to a 48-38 win over top-seeded Oliver Ames in the first round of the Division 2 South sectional with a game-high 26 points.
The Cougars from Hingham clamped down on the Easton school’s star, Caitlyn Abela , limiting the Sacred Heart-bound senior to 14 points, all in the first half.
Notre Dame coach Michael Barrett said tenacious defense stymied Abela’s game, and his players’ execution of the game plan helped at the other end.
“We pushed [the ball] inside hoping to open up the outside” for Cudgma, Barrett said.
Silveira, Murphy lead teams
Quintin Silveira picked a really, really good time to record the best performance of his career. Wareham High’s 6-foot-7 senior center delivered a 21-point, 14-rebound effort as the Vikings bounced Norwell, 78-57, in the first round of the Division 3 tourney. It also came on the heels of the Vikings dismissing senior Jeff Houde (violation of team rules) from the team.
Coach Kevin Brogioli said the team talked before the game about stepping up in times of need.
“Everyone is confident and there for each other,” Brogioli said. “Character kids often step up and Quintin’s a character kid.”
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