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Merrimack Valley

January 10, 2014

New coach, new way

Tanglis puts brand on new era in North Andover boys basketball


Tanglis’ crew knocked off Central Catholic ... on Central Catholic’s home floor.

“We got beaten up in the fall league,” admitted Tanglis. “You’re talking about a new program, a new system and a lot of inexperienced guys on this roster.”

But Tanglis does have something his former coach didn’t have the last few years, a top-caliber point guard in sophomore Wabassa Bede. The quick and strong Bede, who appears to have college scholarship written all over him, didn’t come out of the game against Central Catholic.

“To start the season like this, after nine full practices. We are becoming a team,” said Tanglis. “I know what kind of team I want us to be, a very tough defensive team. We are going in that direction.”

Defend and take care of the basketball …

“Do those two things and your basketball team will be in every game you play,” said Tanglis.

“I think I can still hear coach’s voice from the early practices where it felt like all we did was run,” said John Enright.

“‘This will win you ball games,’ he kept telling us,” said Enright. “It took a little while for us to believe it, though.”

All the running has slowed as the season takes its toll. But the daily box-out drills haven’t. Neither has the commitment.

“It has grown on us,” said Enright.

“We couldn’t sit back. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us, just because it was ‘supposed to’ be a rebuilding year,” added White. “Our defense has been the difference this year.”

It Tanglis has added one more facet to the program, it would be style.

In an era when so many coaches have run the gamut with golf shirts, bowling shirts, and rolled up sleeves, he adds a touch of class.

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