Revello Pours in 38 to Lead Bengals in Group 2 Opener
The Barnegat High School boys varsity basketball team’s 66-46 opening win Monday night at home against Cape May Tech could have been subtitled “The Mike Revello Show” as the Bengals junior guard scored 38 points in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 opener.
From the start it was shaping up to be a big night for Revello as he hit five three-point baskets within the first five minutes of the game. After the first quarter, the Bengals (17-10) had a 24-5 lead and it swelled to 36-15 at halftime.
Revello’s other baskets were more of the close-range variety, including several coast-to-coast uncontested layups. He also scored nine points from the free-throw stripe in setting the team individual game scoring record.
“Mike is a phenomenal player,” said head coach Mike Puorro. “He was our leading scorer this year and he has been starting since he was a freshman. Getting off to that hot start really put a lot of pressure on Cape May Tech and forced them into a catch-up mode early. And I’m glad that we held on to the lead throughout the game. We didn’t let up.”
Forward Alex Grogan also displayed long-range accuracy by hitting three treys en route to a 12-point night. Junior guard Carson Francisco also poured in 12. Sophomore forward Sean Morris rounded out the scoring with four points.
Cape May Tech (12-14) was paced by sophomore guard Josh Wright, who scored 27 points and looked like he was single-handedly trying to get the Hawks back into the game.
Revello said that despite his big night, the win “was all about the team.”
“We passed the ball around a lot for open shots,” he said. “All the players contributed in this win. I was open and they got me the ball.”
Morris added, “It’s all a matter of execution. We know what we have to do out on the court. We just have to get it done and play our game.”
“This was a historic night with the girls (see separate story) and the boys team both hosting state playoff games at home the same night,” said athletic director John Gernano. “The atmosphere was electric. Basketball has become very relevant here.”
The next step is the quarterfinal round on Wednesday, March 1, when the Bengals host against Lower Cape May (18-9) at 7 p.m.