Wednesday, February 20, 2013
As a player, assistant and now head coach, Wilmington's Joe Maiella has been a member of the Wildcats for decades.
Joe Maiella has only been the Wilmington boys basketball head coach for four years. But he's been a Wildcat for much longer. Maeilla, whose team suffered through a difficult campaign this year after recent success, played at Wilmington High School and was an assistant coach for 19 years before taking over the job of head coach. Are you a big fan of the Wildcats? You'll also want to see:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Visiting Watertown spoiled Senior Night at Wilmington fell, 75-46, in the final boys basketball game to ever be played in the current gymnasium.
Tuesday night was a night of goodbyes for the Wilmington boys basketball team. The Wildcats celebrated Senior Night by honoring a trio of players who took their home court for the final time. But the seniors weren't the only ones to hit the hardwood for the last time Tuesday. The game served as the final boys basketball contest to be held before the gym is demolished this February vacation. The festivities ended once the game began, however, as visiting Watertown went on to a blowout 75-46 victory to prolong a difficult season for the struggling Wildcats. James Wilkinson, Tyler Vibert and Colin Doherty are the graduating seniors for head coach Joe Maiella's team. "They're all great kids and hard workers," said Maiella, whose team dropped …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Despite some big losses from last year's team, several returning players and some new faces hope to bring the Wildcats back to the playoffs after missing out in 2011-12.
Wilmington boys basketball head coach Joe Maiella is looking forward to a team with hardhat mentality. But he’s not a fan of construction comparisons when it comes to this year’s squad. “We don’t use the word rebuilding,” said Maiella, whose team lost a significant number of contributors to graduation last year. “To me, that’s an excuse for coaches to use. We want to compete in every single game, and we want to make the state tournament.” This year’s Wildcats will have a different look from previous teams. Rather than shooting the lights out from the perimeter, Maiella’s charges are more likely to grind down opponents with a strong inside game. James Wilkinson, Colin Doherty and Tommy Letellier are this year’s captains, leading the charge …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Wildcats fall to Billerica to close out an eventful season.
It wasn't the way the Wilmington boys basketball team wanted to end their season, and for some players their careers, but it was still an entertaining evening on the hardwood. Billerica spoiled the Wildcats' senior night with a 65-48 win over the hosts, but Wilmington had nothing on the line except for pride after they were eliminated from postseason contention with a Friday loss in Burlington. The crowd in attendance was by far the team's largest audience of the season, and they were rowdy throughout. At halftime, the school honored its four 1,000-point scorers by revealing a banner and presenting the three in attendance with a plaque. Another highlight of the evening was the first start of the season for Phil Lentini, a senior who has …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Head coach Joe Maiella and Wildcat players said that while injury kept Vinny Scifo 199 points short, they still consider him a member of the club.
His name won’t end up on the banner as a 1,000-point scorer. But Vinny Scifo has certainly left his legacy in the Wilmington basketball program. The Wildcat senior was on pace to cruise past the milestone scoring mark, climbing to 801 career points early in the year. But a shoulder injury ended his career prematurely early and kept him from officially becoming a part of school history. On Tuesday night when the team ends its season against Billerica, a group of the school’s 1,000-point scorers will be honored. The athletic Scifo won’t be one of those players. But if you ask his teammates and head coach, they don’t need a banner to remember the offensive powerhouse Scifo was during his basketball career. “It was just terrible that he had …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Another strong effort by boys basketball team comes up just short.
It's a script the Wilmington boys basketball team has seen before. And once more the Wildcats were unable to pen a different ending. The locals entered Friday night's road tilt in Burlington needing a win to keep playoff hopes alive. Instead, head coach Joe Maiella's charges scrapped throughout the entire game and trailed by a posession late before eventually falling, 55-52. After losing star guard Vinny Scifo to a shoulder injury early in the year, the team fought back to give itself a chance at the playoffs. But several times down the stretch, the Wildcats lost in close games despite strong efforts to erase second half deficits. Still, Maiella left the court on Friday with no regrets, other than the feeling his players had in the locker …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wilmington erases double digit fourth quarter deficit, then falls in overtime in key tilt which leaves Wildcats in need of two wins in three games to make postseason.
Melrose boys basketball head coach Mike Kasprzak said Friday night's tilt in Wilmington had a playoff feel to it. That's because if the Wildcats hope to reach the postseason, every game is a tournament game for the rest of the year. Host Wilmington erased a double digit fourth quarter lead to force overtime and took the lead in the extra session before falling, 72-71. After their latest setback, the Wildcats must win two of their final three games in order to continue on into the playoffs. "This is a tough loss," said Maiella. "We're down a little, but it's all about how you bounce back. It's unbelievable how many tough losses we've had. But they keep on fighting." Melrose appeared ready to cruise to the win, starting the fourth quarter …
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Boys basketball falls to Burlington, 64-63, on Friday night.
Tim McCarthy's basketball IQ neatly extended Friday's game against visiting Burlington. But instead, the night ended with a second straight one-point loss for the Wilmington boys basketball team. Clinging to a three-point lead with six seconds left, Burlington opted to foul the Wilmington senior guard before he could loft his attempt to knot the score. But McCarthy sensed the contact coming and shot the ball from halfcourt, hoping the whistle would come in the act of shooting. Instead, referees ruled the foul on the floor. On the ensuing possession, McCarthy couldn't connect on a contested three and the Wildcats only could muster a lay up as time expired as they fell, 64-63. Earlier in the week the team fell on the road to Tewksbury thanks…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Wildcats topple Tewksbury in first tilt since losing Vinny Scifo for the season.
The Wilmington boys basketball suffered two losses on Friday night. But on Tuesday, the Wildcats enjoyed a much-needed bounce back. Leading scorer Vinny Scifo, who was likely to amass 1,000 points this year during his senior season, dislocated his shoulder and a tore his labrum during a loss to Reading on Friday that dropped the team to 0-3 on the year. But during the opening game of the Wilmington holiday tournament on Tuesday, head coach Joe Maiella’s charges bounced back nicely thanks to a 62-52 win over Tewksbury. Cole Peffer led all scorers with 18 points and was followed by Tim McCarthy, who poured home 16 markers of his own. “Even with Vinny we were struggling offensively,” said Maiella. “With McCarthy and Peffer stepping up, that’s…
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wilmington falls 59-44 on Friday night.
The Woburn boys basketball team provided Wilmington a rude welcome to the Middlesex League on Friday night as the teams opened the season. Head coach Joe Maiella’s charges fell at home, 59-44, to the Tanners in their first game since moving out of Cape Ann League play. Vinny Scifo, who is expected to climb past 1,000 points for his career this season, led the way with 24 points for Wilmington, but the Wildcats struggled to find additional offense throughout the game. James Wilkinson was the team’s next best scorer with 11 points. “We’re just having trouble scoring right now as a team. We're just not hitting jump shots that we usually get,” said Maiella. “We have to get more than 44 points, and we’re going to have to play better defensively…