Back in the 1991-92 season, Wareham’s offense revolved around a junior who carried the nickname “Mingo.”
At 6-foot-2, Dom Mello was the tallest player in coach Jim Brogioli’s lineup … and he could shoot from anywhere on the court. Thirteen times over the course of the 20-game regular season, Mingo filled the nets with double-figure points, ending the season with a team-leading 254 and a 12.7 point-per-game average that helped power the Vikings to a South Coast Conference championship.
Fast-forward 25 years to the 2016-17 season.
Mingo had long-since made the transition from basketball star to spectator, but the legend of Dom Mello was quickly revived when a 5-9, lightning-quick freshman won a starting position in Wareham’s backcourt and eventually helped power the Vikings to a share of the SCC championship in Steve Faniel’s second year as head coach. Like his dad, this Dom Mello also could shoot lights out. Fifteen times over the course of a 20-game high school season, the first-year flash posted double-figure scoring numbers on his way to 259 points and a 14.3 point-per-game average in the 18 games he was credited with scoring points.
In Mingo’s second season with the varsity — his senior year — the high-scoring forward led all Wareham scorers with 308 points and a 16 point-per-game average over the 20-game regular season as Wareham again qualified for the postseason tournament at 13-7, but finished fourth in the SCC standings. Sixteen times he scored in double figures with a season and career-high 29 points in an 83-66 rout of Middleboro in the finals of the Cranberry Classic in mid-December.
Six games into that second varsity season, “dad” had a team-high 127 points and was averaging 21 points per outing. A quarter-of-a-century later, after the first six games of his second varsity season, “son” was boasting a team-leading 134 points and was leading all Wareham scorers with a 22 point-per-game average.
It’s less than a two-year comparison but, so far, it appears to be a classic case of “Like father, like son.”
THIS WEEK’S SCHOOL POWER RANKINGS
Information includes current ranking, (last week’s ranking), school and (record).
1 (1) - Bishop Stang (8-0)
2 (2) - Apponequet (7-0)
3 (3) - Old Rochester (8-1)
4 (4) - New Bedford (5-2)
5 (6) - Dartmouth (5-2)
6 (5) - Wareham (3-4)
7 (7) - Old Colony (5-3)
8 (8) - Westport ( 4-3)
9 (9) - Fairhaven (2-4)
10 (10) - GNB Voc-Tech (1-8).
HERE AND THERE
APPONEQUET: He’s still in the growing process, but heading into Saturday’s game at Wareham, 6-foot-4 Clay Meunier has already established himself as one of the area’s premier big men. The first-year starter, who got a taste of varsity competition in limited minutes as a sophomore a year ago, played a major role in the Lakers' 7-0 start by averaging a double-double in points and rebounds and has done a great job of clogging the middle on the defensive end. His best all-around game probably came last Tuesday’s when his career-high 17 points and 18 rebounds helped the Lakers knock Old Rochester from the unbeaten ranks with a 74-63 victory. It was the fourth time in six games Meunier had scored in double figures after registering a high of four points all of last season. … Andy Johnson went into Saturday’s game at Wareham with 821 career points, leaving him 179 points shy of 1,000 for his career. The senior was averaging 22.5 points on the season which puts his ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) in the exclusive club at Feb. 2 when the Lakers host GNB Voc-Tech. … Adam Seablom has been in the double-figure column in 17 straight games, dating back to Jan. 24 of last season when he scored eight points in a 67-56 victory over GNB Voc-Tech, Seablom had scored double figures in the six games prior to the Voc-Tech game. The 17-game streak is the longest of any area player (Damien Perry of Bishop Stang is working on a current 16-game streak).
BISHOP STANG: The Spartans can clinch a spot in the postseason tournament by winning two of the four scheduled games on this week’s docket. Three of the four games are at home. Following today’s matchup with Belmont at Cathedral High School, coach Colbey Santos and company will play host to Millis (Tuesday), Coyle-Cassidy (Friday) and South Boston (Sunday at 3). The Spartans enter the week with a record of 8-0 and need a minimum of 10 wins to qualify. … Dijuan Chummack put together his first back-to-back double-figure scoring games of the season when the 6-foot-3 junior followed up his 12-point effort in a 69-47 win at Bishop Connolly with a 14-point game that included a career-high trio of 3-point field goals in last Monday’s 10-point with at Bishop Feehan, the first time the Spartans have won a game at Bishop Feehan since the 2005-06 season when Pat Rogers led four players in double figures en route to a 69-56 victory on Jan. 13, 2006.
DARTMOUTH: Wednesday’s 54-46 win at Bishop Connolly was the third-straight for the Indians and marked the school’s longest winning streak since last year’s team won three-in-a-row on Dec. 19 (Bishop Connolly), 22 (Sandwich) and 28 (Wellesley). Following the win over Wellesley, Dartmouth proceeded to lose 14 straight en route to a forgettable 4-16 record. … Isaac Sequeira shot his way into double figures for the first time this season with a career varsity high 15 points in the win at Connolly. … Defensively, the Indians went into Friday’s game at Bridgewater-Raynham having held back-to-back opponents below the 50-point mark. That hadn’t happened since the 2014-15 team held six straight opponents to 45 points-or-less on their way to a 14-6 record.
FAIRHAVEN: The Blue Devils split a pair of one-point decisions in the last two outings — defeating GNB Voc-Tech 64-63 at home and losing at Old Rochester 53-52 on Friday night. Their last three games have been decided by a total of nine points. … Josh Nobrega had the first 20-point game of his varsity career when the junior poured in 20 in the loss at ORR. His previous varsity high was 17 points, which he scored in back-to-back games against Old Rochester and Seekonk last season. … Matt Mitchell’s string of double-figure point games ended at three when the senior netted nine points in the loss at Old Rochester. He also was held to one 3-pointer after racking up 14 in his previous three outings.
GNB VOC-TECH: The Bears are on a four-game losing streak and dropped to 1-8 on the season following Friday night’s loss at home to Seekonk, but half of those losses have been by six points-or-less. Missed opportunities and turnovers have plagued the Bears all season, which often happens to a young team. Coach Jeff Wildrick has eight underclassmen on this year’s roster, with three sophomores and a freshman getting a lion’s share of the playing time. Freshman Shane Poitras Jr. leads the Bears in scoring with his 13.2 point-per-game average and his 22 3-pointers are also a team high. The 6-foot-1 first-year player handles the ball exceptionally well, can shoot from anywhere on the court and is an excellent free throw shooter. And, for those who wanted to know, his 119 points and 22 3-pointers through the first nine games is way ahead of the pace of Cory Ponte, who scored 137 points his entire freshman season on his way to becoming the all-time leading boys’ scorer in GNB Voc-Tech history with 1,296 points from 2009-13. … Sophomore Brennen Rosa is right behind Poitras in scoring with 12.1 points a game and has had back-to-back double-figure scoring games including a career-high 19 points in an 80-77 loss to Old Rochester.
NEW BEDFORD: The Whalers may have played their best all-around game of the season in rolling past visiting Weymouth, 78-44, Friday night. Four players scored in double figures led by Elijah Diaz’s game-high 18 points. A smothering defense forced an unofficial 31 Weymouth turnovers that led to a slew of New Bedford points and center Kolby McCoy was brilliant, scoring a career-high 15 points as a Whaler and dominating the rebounding at both ends of the court. With the win, the Whalers improved to 5-2, their best start since 2012-13. .. New Bedford fans got a mini-scare in the opening minute of the second half when starting guard and floor general Elias Perez limped off the court after banging knees with a Weymouth player. Perez sat out most of the third quarter before returning and showing no ill effects from the injury. The smooth-working guard scored all 11 of his points in the first half before focusing on setting up his teammates in his limited playing time over the past two quarters. … The Whalers are back in action Sunday, hosting Charlestown in a 3:30 start.
OLD COLONY: After scoring a career-high 22 points in a 37-point rout of Tri-County on Wednesday, Jeff Bechtold enjoyed the first back-to-back double-figure point game of his varsity career when the senior forward scored 10 points in Friday’s one-point win over visiting Sturgis West. Bechtold is averaging 11.5 points over his last four games after never scoring more than nine points in one game all of last season. … Jake Jason has now scored 20-or-more points in 33 of the 58 varsity games he’s played since starting as a freshman in the 2014-15 season. His 28 points in Friday night’s one-point win over Sturgis West gives the junior 1,263 points for his career. ...Sophomore Hunter Soares matched his varsity career-high point total with 11 and his trio of 3-point field goals was also a career. single-game high.
OLD ROCHESTER: The Bulldogs are another team that has had its share of close games to date. Friday’s one-point win over visiting Fairhaven marked the fourth time in nine games that coach Steve Carvalho’s team has won by three points-or-less. ORR had beaten Bourne 72-69, Norton 72-70 and GNB Voc-Tech 80-77 before Friday’s 53-52 win over the Blue Devils. … After scoring eight points in four consecutive games, junior Matt Brogioli has put together the first back-to-back double-figure point games of his varsity career with a career-high 14 in the win over Voc-Tech and 10 in Friday’s victory over the Blue Devils. … Jake Asiaf hasn’t been a big scorer (his season and career varsity high is 13 points), but the 6-foot-2 senior has been a solid contributor with his all-around play in limited minutes and continues to earn the plaudits of his head coach. … Bennett Fox has scored in double figures in all nine games to date and has had at least one 3-pointer in his last five outings. … Wins over Bourne at home on Tuesday and at Dighton-Rehoboth on Friday with punch ORR’s ticket to the postseason tournament.
WAREHAM: Coach Steve Faniel’s Vikings (3-4) were unable to climb back over the .500 mark or knock Apponequet from the ranks of the unbeaten on Saturday afternoon. Wareham have lost five straight games in their head-to-head battle with Apponequet. … Taylor Carlson went into Saturday’s game having connected on nine 3-pointers over his last two games and was tied for the team lead with teammate Dom Mello for the most games with multiple 3-pointers with four. … Senior Nick Perry hit the first 3-point field goal of his varsity career in a 70-58 loss at Seekonk Tuesday night.
WESTPORT: Mother Nature was successful at doing what Bristol-Plymouth and West Bridgewater defenders couldn’t do when “moisture on the playing court” forced the postponement of Friday night’s home game against Holbrook and temporarily cooled off hot-shooting Nick Collins. In his previous two outings, Collins had poured in a total of 55 points, including a career-high 29 in the 56-49 win at West Bridgewater which raised his per-game scoring average to 22.7 points a game. According to head coach Scot Boudria, the Holbrook game has been rescheduled for Jan. 27. … Mark Brochu scored a career-varsity high 11 points and recorded the first multiple 3-point field goal game of his varsity career with two in the win over B-P.
The boys basketball notebook will appear every Sunday throughout the high school regular season. Buddy Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-979-4444.