Although the season ending record for the Revere High boys basketball team was a disappointing 5-15, even more so given that the Patriots stood at 5-5 at the halfway mark of the campaign, a major source of pride for all of the team members occurred last week when senior Trae Weathers became only the second RHS boy to break the 1000 career point milestone.
Trae attained his 1000th point when he swished a free throw in the second half of Wednesday evening’s contest with Malden Catholic, which was the consolation game of the Masconomet Tournament.
Weathers entered the final two games of the season with 970 points. He got 16 of the 30 he needed to reach the coveted plateau in the tourney opener against the host Masco team Tuesday, leaving him 14 points shy for the final game of the season.
However, after Weathers scored the first four points of the game, Malden Catholic employed a box and one defense on Trae, which resulted in the RHS star netting just four more points for the rest of the half, bringing him to a tantalizingly close total of 994 with 16 minutes left in his career.
“When we went into the locker room at half time I told the players that we still want to win the game, but that our main objective was to get Trae to reach 1000 points,” said RHS head coach Rick Hayes.
Hayes’s charges took his message to heart and began to look for their teammate at every opportunity. When the 1000th point was reached, Weathers was on the floor with his four fellow seniors, Greg Cabral, Paul Norton, Frank Colleran, and D.K. Khlieng. The RHS bench erupted for a congratulatory embrace of their star, who now is a member of the exalted 1000 point club with Sal Bottari, who did it more than 20 years ago.
“The team was incredibly unselfish and I was very proud of the way that they wanted to help Trae reach that goal,” said Hayes, who had the forethought ahead of time to use a Revere ball for the game ball. When Trae hit the free throw, play was stopped and the ball was tossed to Weathers’s mom. Hayes said the ball will be painted and signed by the team for a presentation at the post season break up banquet.
For the record, Weathers concluded his brilliant career with 1,003 points.
The Patriots dropped both games in the tourney, 62-58 to Masco and 63-48 to M.C. Cabral hit for 16 and 11 points in the two encounters. Sean Quiroz reached double figures with 10 against Masco. Norton and Colleran both sank treys for three points against Masco and Norton had eight points against M.C.
“The entire team played hard right to the very end and you really can’t ask for more than that,” noted Hayes