“He struggled at times, but this year, in my opinion, he’s as good as anyone in the Cape Ann League and the entire north area,” said Wilmington coach Joe Maiella.
After a slow buildup that put Wilmington in front 28-19 at halftime, Wilmington (4-1) surged in the third quarter behind five 3-pointers from McCarthy to take a 56-30 lead. Senior center Derek O’Dea added nine rebounds and junior forward Cole Peffer had 14 points. Peffer was also named the all-tournament team.
Junior guard Vinny Scifo returned from an ankle injury and scored two points.
“We didn’t have him tonight and were definitely at a disadvantage. I mean he played, but he wasn’t himself,” said Maiella. “But having him out there still forced Tewksbury to cover him and give McCarthy open jump shots."
Scifo and McCarthy average 16 points per game.
“Both can shoot 3-pointers and can get to the rim and are very unselfish. To have two kids averaging 16 points a game shows how unselfish they are,” said Maiella.
Maiella said Wilmington has been led by seniors Chris Frissore, Nick Godzyk and O’Dea.
“The three are all fantastic and they know their job and role and play tough defense and scoring as well,” he said. “This season we’re a year older and are trying to get better every single day and hope in the end to contend with Andover and Masconomet.”
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