Senior captain Darien Fernandez became Wareham’s all-time leading scorer as the Vikings (12-1) defeated Fairhaven, 66-51, Friday night. Fernandez’s 21 points gave him 1,225 for his career.
Fernandez, who is averaging more than 20 points and nearly 10 assists per game, started on the varsity as a freshman. As the sixth man that year, he helped Wareham win the 2010 Division 3 state championship. “He got a lot of playing time with a good team,” said coach Kevin Brogioli. “He’s our most experienced player. When Darien is on his game, he leads by example.”
Since that championship run, Fernandez has led his team to the quarterfinals of the Division 3 South tournament in 2011 and back to the state tournament last year, where the Vikings lost in the quarters to eventual state champion Danvers.
“He has constant energy on the court,” said Brogioli, who praised Fernandez’s ability to hit 3-pointer as well as drive into the lane and crash the boards.
“He’s like a fire hydrant,” Brogioli said of the 5-foot-8-inch point guard.
Wareham thrives in transition and Fernandez sets up scoring opportunities by forcing steals on defense. He finished Friday’s game with 12 assists. Junior guard Mason Vasconcellos added 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
Of another run at the state title, Brogioli said, “We have some room for improvement for sure. We need to limit turnovers and keep our running game going.”
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