Woburn too much for Watertown boys’ basketball, 64-56

Mike Hagopian’s game-high 26 points not enough for Raiders (8-5)

Eric Furtado, Raider Times staff

Senior Deion Williams led the Woburn boys’ basketball team with 13 points and 13 rebounds to a 64-56 win over Middlesex League opponent Watertown on Friday night.

Watertown captain Mike Hagopian put in his best effort with a game-high 26 points, but with the injury to captain Brendan Hoban, it wasn’t enough to overcome Woburn’s tenacious defense.

The Raiders took the lead early thanks to five Woburn turnovers with 7 points by Hagopian and 6 points by  junior Derek DiPietrantonio. The Raiders led by 4 after one.

Watertown captain Nate Munson-Palomba (14 points) took over for the team in the second, scoring all of the team’s 8 points for the quarter. The Tanners did what they do best and forced four turnovers that led to a score of 23-23 at the half.

The Tanners came out playing with fire in the third, taking more than 50 percent of their shots from behind the arc.  Led by junior Mat Catizone, Woburn outscored Watertown, 23-13.  With help from Williams, senior Daniel Moscat, and junior Andrew Claflin, the Tanners pushed the tempo, and were winning the battle of the boards, to bring their lead out to 46-36.

Hagopian tried to bring his team back in the fourth with 13 points coming in the final frame, but the fierce play on the boards kept the lead with the Tanners.

The loss brings the Raiders to 8-5 on the season and they now prepare to travel to Lexington to take on the Minutemen on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.

–Jan. 24, 2015–