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January 13, 2014

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Take Sunday’s tough loss for Brooks, 48-47, to Vermont Academy.

Brooks faced a team with former Wakefield All-Scholastic Bruce Brown, 7-foot-2 center Tyler Jackson and 6-foot-9 sophomore Sedee Keita, whom Villanova head coach Jay Wright had flown in to see.

“We held him to six,” said coach John McVeigh, whose club had the lead and the ball in the final seconds but let victory slip away. Still, you get my point. It’s a different game.

So my question is to our readership, do we include Brooks and Phillips in the rankings like our Fab 5?

What’s your opinion? I’d love to get some emails (hlongo@eagletribune.com) or tweets (@mvcreature) if you have an opinion.

NICE DAY FOR NOAH

Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh tossed in a career-high 19 points with six boards in 27 minutes Saturday for Indiana, which defeated Penn State. Vonleh was 5 of 9 from the field, 2 of 2 from behind the arc and 7 of 8 from behind the line.

VEGAS HAS SPOKEN

Las Vegas has spoken, and your New England Patriots have been named a 6.5-point underdog in next Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Denver, which will be played Sunday at 3 p.m.

It’s San Francisco at Seattle in the NFC title game immediately following on Sunday.

Clearly, the four best teams in the game have advanced to this point, so the NFL is obviously doing something right.

LUCK RHYMES WITH ...

Couldn’t help but spend my Sunday listening to and reading all the Andrew luck apologists after the Colts QB laid a four-interception egg in Saturday’s playoff loss to the Patriots. My first thought on Luck’s performance? It was eerily similar to Drew Bledsoe’s Super Bowl interception superfecta with the Patriots against Green Bay.

By the way, Luck now has thrown eight interceptions in three playoff games (1-2). Did you know that when Tom Brady threw his 8th postseason pick, it came in his 14th playoff start (12-2) and he already had three Super Bowl championships and two Super Bowl MVPs. Even notorious postseason choker Peyton Manning took until his ninth playoff game to throw 8 interceptions.

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