Senior center John Korte scored 34 points for the Raiders in just three quarters to lead the Watertown High School boys basketball team to an 81-35 victory over visiting Boston United on Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders now await the release of the MIAA tournament brackets to see if they can make another deep run in the Div. 3 playoffs.
With the win, Watertown finished the regular season with a 14-6 record. The team has won three straight and six out of the last seven, giving head coach Steve Harrington somethings to be optimistic about.
“We’ve gotten better the last couple weeks, so [we are going to] kind of refining what we’re good at and figuring out, on defense, what our best strategy will be,” Harrington said. “We’ll see how that works out,”
Harrington said that he does not expect Tuesday’s game to be the last home game for his squad.
“We’re looking at somewhere between a fourth and seventh seed, so at least we will have one home game and we will see where we go from there,” Harrington said.
Last season the Watertown’s tournament run got within one game of the State Final, and included a thrilling victory over Bedford in the North Section final, and a 6-point loss to Hanover in the State Semifinal at the TD Garden.
Having lost three starters – two to graduation and one to transfer – the 2017-18 team has been lead by two experienced seniors – Korte and guard Fulcar. The Raiders’ three new starters includes freshman guard Gabe Spinelli. Harrington said the team has show improvement from the start of the season.
“I think we’ve had some ups and downs during the season, as every team does,” Harrington said. “We’ve figured out some things to work on and we’ve doing a good job of that.”
On Tuesday, Fulcar added 12 points, and Spinelli chipped in 10 points. In all, 10 Raiders scored in the game in which the players normally on the bench more than a quarter of playing time.
Junior guard Jaden Collins had 14 points to lead Boston United.
“I thought we played well today,” Harrington said, Tuesday. “I think there team was playing undermanned, they were missing a couple guys from the last time that we played them [a 65-56 road win for the Raiders].”
See more action from the game at the gallery below: