Charter School routs Edgartown, West Tisbury in junior high hoops

Jared Rivard of the Charter School goes up for a shot against Edgartown's Thomas Weston. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School Chargers served notice that they will be a force in boys interscholastic basketball this season, following dominating wins over Edgartown and West Tisbury.

Coaches Tim Penicaud and Asil Cash have assembled a crack group of hoopsters who play a fundamentally sound, unselfish brand of basketball, propelled by a crisp passing game. The team is captained by Avery Minor, Jared Rivard, and Ricardo Andrade. Many of the players honed their skills in the Island’s travel basketball program and coach Penicaud gave great credit to the coaches there for contributing to the team’s success.

The Charter School began the season December 6 in Edgartown with only seven players in uniform and downed the Eagles 63-28. Ricardo Andrade scored 21 points and Miles Jordi added 16.

The emphatic opening day victory was only a prelude to what happened Friday in West Tisbury, when the Chargers, now nine in number, turned the Hawks from birds of prey into harmless chicks, courtesy of an 86-18 rout. Again Andrade and Jordi hit double figures on the score sheet.

Blazers tame Tigers twice

In other interscholastic action, the Oak Bluffs girls traveled to Tisbury on December 5 and left 48-12 winners. The Blazers frustrated the Lady Tigers with a stiffling zone defense throughout and pitched a 25-0 shutout in the first half. Molly deBettencourt scored 24 points for coach Alex McCluskey’s team and Julia Bettencourt had 12.

The O.B. boys hosted the Tigers on December 6 and won 52-30. Dylan Araujo led the Blazers with 16 points and eight assists. James Sashin was a beast on the boards and hauled down 12 rebounds. Cole Houston was the man for Tisbury and finished with 18 points.