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March 24, 2013

Hot-button hoop issues to ponder

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4. Athletes and behavior

Officials govern how athletes conduct their business on the floor. But what is happening off it? The region held its breath when two North Andover players saw their seasons end early after a bizarre late-season DUI accident. It potentially cost the Scarlet Knights a state title.

Do athletes receive favored treatment early in their life, so favored that they believe they are above the law? It’s a theory that has been voiced more than once on the blog-osphere in these parts.

5. Is a basketball Super 8 next?

Central Catholic’s run to the Garden, with a pair of all-conference starters — Doug Gemmell and Nick Cambio — sidelined with injuries, will again conjure talk of a Super 8 style tournament like the MIAA runs in hockey and next year in baseball.

Will boys hoop make the move, which will attempt to even the public/private playing field? It’s an issue for debate.

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