New Crew Looks to Continue Watertown Boys Basketball’s Success

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Catherine Williams The 2022-23 Watertown High School boys basketball team will look to continue its sucess.

During introductions at the Raiders Hoop Night on Saturday, the Watertown High School boys basketball team had a new cast of headliners, but they hope to build on the success of last year’s State Finalist team.

All five starters from a year ago graduated, but Watertown Head Basketball Coach Steve Harrington believes the 2022-23 Raiders will have success. The Raiders tip off their season Tuesday night when they host Arlington at 7 p.m.

“We lost ton of experience, leadership, playing time — the whole ball of wax,” Harrington said. “Luckily, we are filling it with a great group of guys who waited their turn.”

The core of the team will be Riley Donlan, Davit Karapetyan, Ben Kullman, Johnny Cacace, Robbie Iannetta, and Isaiah Ettiene. Harrington called them “a bunch of good leaders.”

“I’m excited. Glad we have all these guys on the team in particular and I think we are going to surprise a lot of teams. These kids we have are pretty good. They’ve been playing together, this senior class, for quite a while,” Harrington said. “I know Jeremy Kullman, who runs Youth Basketball for us in town, he’s done a heck of a job with them and this is kind of his group that he molded together. It’s kind of a unique group. They are a great group of kids.”

Charlie Breitrose Watertown boys basketball coach Steve Harrington lost five starters from last year, but he thinks the Raiders will surprise a lot of teams this season.

Donlan looks forward to getting on the court with his teammates.

“I love the team, I call us dogs, I think we have a lot of dogs — we all go out there and we all get into it, and we just have a lot of grit,” Donlan said.

He has played with the other seniors since they were in fifth grade.

“We are all really close, we just have a really good chemistry,” Donlan said. “It is easy to talk to each other and direct each other and let each other know how we can do better.”

Charlie Breitrose This year’s Watertown High School boys basketball team is led by players who have been playing since they were in the Watertown Youth Basketball program. On Saturday, young players watched the varsity team run drills during Raider Hoop Night.

Even though they didn’t see a lot of game time last season, Donlan said they got a lot of experience.

“Last year, we had a great team and practice was so competitive it shaped us into this year and into what type of players we are this year,” he said.

The different lineup doesn’t mean they have a different goal.

“Our only goal is to win a state ring,” Donlan said. “If not, we have failed this season. That’s it.”

Home Schedule

The Raiders start the season with two straight home games, Tuesday against Arlington and Friday against Melrose. The Raiders have a non-league game against Chelsea on Dec. 30, and Belmont comes to town on Jan. 3.

After three straight road games, Watertown hosts Reading on Jan. 17 and Stoneham on Jan. 20. Wakefield plays in Watertown on Jan. 27, before the final two home Middlesex League games: Feb. 3 vs. Burlington and Feb. 7 vs. Wilmington.

Pat Ferdinand Watertown High School boys basketball players sign autographs during Raider Hoop Night.

The Raiders end the regular season with three non-league games, including a pair at home: Feb. 17 against Oakmont and Feb. 19 against Burke.

Home games are broadcast live on Watertown Cable’s Education Channel. See more at

2022-23 Watertown High School Boys Basketball Schedule
Tue Dec 13 7:00 PMvsArlington High School
Fri Dec 16 5:30 PMvsMelrose High School
Tue Dec 20 6:00 PM@Lexington High School
Fri Dec 30 7:00 PMvsChelsea High School
Mon Jan 3 7:00 PMvsBelmont High School
Thu Jan 6 5:30 PM@Burlington High School
Mon Jan 10 7:00 PM@Woburn Memorial High School
Thu Jan 13 5:30 PM@Wilmington High School
Mon Jan 17 7:00 PMvsReading Memorial High School
Thu Jan 20 5:30 PMvsStoneham High School
Mon Jan 24 6:00 PM@Winchester High School
Thu Jan 27 5:30 PMvsWakefield Memorial High School
Mon Jan 31 7:00 PM@Melrose High School
Thu Feb 3 7:00 PMvsBurlington High School
Mon Feb 7 7:00 PMvsWilmington High School
Thu Feb 10 7:30 PM@Stoneham High School
Mon Feb 14 7:00 PM@Wakefield Memorial High School
Thu Feb 17 7:00 PMvsOakmont Regional
Sat Feb 19 2:00 PMvsBurke High School
Mon Feb 21 11:30 AM@Chelsea High School

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