“We’re impressing other kids’ parents because they’re our family as well,” O’Flynn said. “They want to be part of this successful team. We always want to represent our community well.”
The Malden High boys are off to a terrific 5-1 start thanks in large part to the sterling play of senior guard Rodney Morton.
The silky-smooth shooter is “being recruited by everybody,” according to nine-year coach Don Nally.
Morton torched Somerville for 41 points on Tuesday night, prompting Nally to call the performance “Michael Jordan-like.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Nally. “Everything we had going into the game we just scrapped and kept giving him the ball.”
Morton isn’t the only one playing at a high level.
Anthony Gilardi, a 6-4 sophomore, erupted for a 44-point performance earlier this season, and Nally calls junior Bryan Mitchell “a motor that just doesn’t stop.”
Despite individual performances, Nally credits the experience and hard work of his team in the offseason in getting them to where they are today.
“We had a young team and got a taste of the tournament and wanted to get back,” he said.
“They really committed to it in the offseason. They pull for each other.”
Pat Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.