Bob Farias, Durfee High School Athletic Hall of Famer and the former longtime boys' basketball coach at Lexington High School, died on Monday.

He was 73.

A football and basketball standout at Durfee, Farias was briefly a villain in Hilltopper country. On March 18, 1978, his Lexington Minutemen upset the defending champion Hilltoppers in the Massachusetts Division 1 state championship basketball game at Brockton High School. That was the lone state title Farias' Minutemen won in his very successful (567 wins, 18 Middlesex League titles) coaching tenure which ran from 1976 to 2010.

Farias is also a member of the Westfield State University Athletics Hall of Fame. He played basketball for the Owls, averaging a team-high 18.6 ppg. as a sophomore and netting 22 points in an 80-76 win over American University, still considered, according to the school website, the biggest upset win in Westfield men's basketball history.

At Durfee, Farias quarterbacked the undefeated and untied 1963 team, considered among the very best in school history.

Skip Karam was Farias' head coach in basketball and assistant coach in football. "He was a good kid, a heck of an athlete," Karam said. "He was a very strong player. He had a lot of confidence in himself. He was a great kid to coach. He gave you everything."

A longtime educator in Lexington, Farias never forgot his Fall River roots. Even while living in Lexington, he for years held a part-time membership at Fall River Country Club and liked to play with Karam and fellow former Durfee hoops standout Bob Dempsey.

Farias once brought legendary college basketball coach Rollie Massimino to FRCC for a round. Then head coach at Villanova Unversity, Massimino had preceded Farias as head coach at Lexington High School.

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