Middleboro secures “nail-biter” victory at unified basketball jamboree

Nov 17, 2023

FALL RIVER – Middleboro won their two games against Seekonk and Somerset-Berkley at the Durfee High School unified basketball jamboree on Wednesday, Nov. 15. 

The second game, against Somerset-Berkley, came down to what Coach and Assistant Middleboro High School Principal Andrew Dizel described as a “nail-biter” 16-14 victory.

“We were victorious in both games,” Dizel said. “We played complete games. I’m very proud of the defensive pressure.”

Unified basketball is a sport where students with and without special education needs play basketball on the same team. 

Dizel explained that the team had improved throughout the season and highlighted two players in particular, Joshua Jones and Christopher Medieros, as players who had contributed to the team’s success.

“Josh Jones is new to our team,” Dizel said. “His defensive pressure is unmatched. He is all over the court. It’s like he’s guarding all five players at once.”

Dizel added that Medieros was “a lights out shooter for us,” and that he had played an important role on the team by scoring multiple three-pointers.

Medieros said that he wanted to continue playing basketball for Middleboro in the winter. “I’m having fun,” he said.

Dizel explained that unified sports are played at Middleboro High School all year round, and said that in the winter the Sachems would be fielding a unified bocce team.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I think unified sports are one of the best things we do at Middleboro High School,” Dizel said.