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April 19, 2013

2013 Eagle-Tribune Boys Basketball All-Star Team


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Super Team

Sam Dowden

Andover High School, Senior Forward

Super Teamer. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Four-year starter. Three-time All-conference choice. Two-year captain. Boudeau Award winner at Christmas tourney. Averaged 15.3 points, 7 rebounds a game. Finished with 965 career points. “Got everyone’s best and most attention. Battled every possession of every game,” said coach David Fazio. Top student with 2000 on SAT.

Isaiah Nelsen

North Andover High, Senior Forward

Super Teamer. Twice on our All-Star team. All-Cape Ann League as a junior. All-MVC as a senior. Captain. “Complete player with a high basketball IQ,” said coach Mike McVeigh. Scored 17.8 points and led sectional finalists with over 12 rebounds a game. Hurt people inside and out with 23 3-pointers. Netted 20 in shocking comeback win over Central. Will play on full scholarship at St. Anselm College. Works summers counseling young children.

Chris Bardwell

North Andover High, Senior Forward

The “Story” of the winter. Buried as a junior reserve at Central last year. Named conference MVP this year. All-Scholastic. Led sectional finalists, second in region with 20.3 points a game. Aggressive offensive rebounder. Yanked 9 boards a night. Southpaw, shot 58 percent from the field. Averaged 21.9 points a game vs. Central, Andover and Lowell. Will pitch this spring. Older brother Zach was two-sport all-conference athlete at Central.

Justin Reyes

Whittier Tech, Senior Forward

Super Teamer. Two-year starter. CAC Large School MVP. CAC vs. CAL All-Star Game MVP. IAABO Board 27 Tournament MVP. Two-time league champion. All-Scholastic. Averaged 20.3 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks a night. “Did whatever it took to make us successful,” said coach Tom Sipsey. Natural athlete. Tried football and finished 20 catches, 425 yards and 6 TDs in the fall. Looking to play Division 3 hoop in college.

All-Star team

David Berroa

Brooks School, Senior Guard

Three-year starter. Captain. Overcame catastrophic leg injury. First-team All-ISL. Won league’s Navoni Award for character, courage, commitment. IAABO Board 130 Courage Award winner. Averaged 12.9 points, 5 assists and 6 rebounds a game. “Best defensive player I’ve ever coached,” said John McVeigh. Voted school prefect, Brooks’ top leadership honor. Plays baseball. Starred in fall play. Brother Joel (Central) also on our team.

Joel Berroa

Central Catholic High School, Senior Forward

Four years varsity. Three-year starter. Two-time all-conference. His second time on our team. Averaged 11.9 points a game as a junior, 12.6 a game this year for Division 1 North champs. Playoff scoring average bumped up to 16.4 a night. Consummate defender. “As fierce a competitor as we’ve ever had,” said coach Rick Nault. Lethal outside hitter in volleyball. Looking at prep options right now.

Nick Cambio

Central Catholic High School, Junior Forward

Two-year varsity player. All-conference. Averaged 13.9 points and 8 rebounds a game. As tough a matchup problem as you’ll find. Shoots it, takes it to the hole hard and can score with back to the basket. Set career high with 28 vs. Methuen. Torched Springfield Central for 25. Underrated shot blocker. Missed state tourney with hip injury. “He’s still developing and finding himself as a big-time player,” said coach Rick Nault. Could be a force in volleyball this spring.

Anthony Dionne

Haverhill High School, Junior Guard

Two-year starter. Co-captain. The MVC Division 2 Most Valuable Player this year. Averaged 12.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists a night. Willed Hillies to tourney shocker over Westford with 14 points, six assists and one turnover. “A complete winner, with an amazing will to succeed,” said coach Mike Trovato. Improving student after beginning career at St. James Alternative School.

Doug Gemmell

Central Catholic High School, Senior Forward

Repeats on our team despite being limited to 15 games due to concussion. Two-year starter. Twice all-conference. Christmas Tournament MVP. Averaged 13.2 points and 11 rebounds a night. Averaged 11.7 points and seven boards a game as a junior. “We certainly missed his toughness and grit, along with his ability to score the big hoop,” said Raider coach Rick Nault. Will play volleyball this spring and hoop at University of New England in the fall.

Saul Phiri

Haverhill High School, Freshman Guard

Maybe the next big thing. Conference all-star. Averaged 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. Outrageously athletic. Has already dunked in a game. Exceptional range. Buried 31 3s this winter. Roasted Chelmsford for 18 points, 16 rebounds. Buried two late FTs to clinch league vs. Lions. Locked up tourney shocker over Westford with 4 straight FTs. Amazing potential. “Played with senior’s confidence,” said coach Mike Trovato.

Derek Collins

North Andover High School, Senior Guard

Four-year varsity player. Only back woes could slow him down. Catalyst in MVC large co-champs’ offense. All-conference selection. Co-captain. Averaged 14.0 points a game. Deadly shooter. Made 58 3-pointers, shooting at a 40 percent clip. Amazing down stretch. Scored 18.3 a game in state tourney. “Transformed from shooter/scorer to complete player, and we were so much better for it,” said coach Mike McVeigh.

John Mastascusa

North Reading High School, Senior Forward

Transferred back from Malden Catholic for senior season. Catholic Conference all-star as junior. Cape Ann League MVP this year. Team MVP. Mass. Coaches All-Sectional choice. Scored 12.8 points with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks per night. “He totally changed our team,” said coach Joe Casey Jr. Moynihan Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Looking to play at Tufts, WPI or RPI. Top outdoor track competitor in spring.

Jake Vaiknoras

Pelham High School, Junior Guard

Two-year starter. Three years varsity. Captain. Honorable mention All-Division 2 selection. “Our energy guy. Does a little bit of everything for us,” said coach Matt Regan. Led team at 16.1 points a game. Scored 22 3-pointers, but most dangerous slicing to the hoop. Burned Milford for career-high 32 points in 7-point win. Eagle-Tribune Golf All-Star. Starting shortstop in baseball. Hit .341 last spring.

Ryan Grant

Whittier Tech School, Senior Guard

Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Four-year All-Conference choice. Amazingly consistent. Averaged 14.5, 19.9, 15.3 and 13.7 points a game over his four seasons. Finishes with 1,432 career points. Had 25 and 19 in state tourney wins over Newburyport and Amesbury. “The face of Whittier basketball for four seasons,” said coach Tom Sipsey. Looking at several Division 3 colleges and prep schools.

Andrew Lowman

Windham High School, Junior Forward

Three years in the program. Two-year starter. Co-captain. Avg. 15.5 points, 6.5 rebounds per game. Netted 27 points in playoff stunner over host Oyster River. Had 22 in near stunner over Xaverian Brothers. 3.87 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Dangerous striker for state champion soccer team. . Powerful outside hitter in volleyball. “Our go-to guy whenever we need a hoop,” said coach Todd Steffanides.

Honorable Mention

Andover – Chris Dunn, Sr., guard; David Giribaldi, Soph., guard

Central – Lucas Hammel, Sr., guard

Fellowship – David Quiroa, Sr., forward

Georgetown – Matt Gott, Jr., guard; Patrick Bjork, Jr., forward

Greater Lawrence Tech – Oscar Reynoso, Jr., guard; Cristian Rivera, Sr., forward

Haverhill – Matt Jameson, Jr., guard

Lawrence — Johnathan Paulino, Jr., forward; Kevin Fabian, Jr., guard

Londonderry – Max Coleman, Rob Wilson, Taylor Simpson

Methuen – Tim Galloway-Burke, Soph., forward; Cooper Hammel, Soph., guard; Nathan Bueno, Sr., guard

North Reading – Tommy Hogan, Sr., guard; Chris Capozzoli, Sr., forward; Dan Fitzgerald, Sr., guard

Notre Dame – L.J. Figueroa, Frosh., guard; Miguel Monclova, Jr., forward

Pelham – Keith Brown, Frosh., guard; Ryan Frank, Jr., guard

Pentucket – Calvin Wiles, Sr., forward

Phillips – Brendan O’Connell, Sr., guard

Pinkerton – Scott Bradley, Jr., forward; Cam Welch, Jr., forward

Salem – Andrew Ruffen, Sr., guard; Michael Felix, Jr., guard

Sanborn – Jackson Morton, Jr., guard

Timberlane – Pat Mahoney, Sr., guard

Whittier – Nathan Frongillo, Sr., guard; Andrew Wells, Sr., guard

Windham – Joe Lorenz, Sr., forward

agateHed:Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Zach Karalis, North Andover; 2011: Jimmy Zenevitch, Central; 2009-10: Carson Desrosiers, Central; 2008: Billy Marsden, Central; 2007: Stephen Savage, Salem; 2006: Jonathan Cruz, Central; 2005: Hector Paniagua, Lawrence; 2002-04: Chris Vetrano, Andover; 2001: Joel Gil, Central; 2000: Tommy McLaughlin, Andover;

1999: Scott Hazelton, Central; 1998: John Jacobs, Central; 1997: Brian Bettano, Methuen; 1996: Richie Barden, Methuen; 1995: Matt Gibson, Andover; 1994: Kirk Stockwood, Andover; 1993: Mike Roberts, Andover; 1992: Sean Ryan, Andover; 1991: Rigo Nunez, Lawrence; 1990: Tom Quinlan, Haverhill

 

MVP: Nelson carried the Raiders in playoffs An already-stacked Division 1 North sectional got a bit dicier for the Central Catholic boys when two Eagle-Tribune All-Star big men were deemed unavailable for the postseason due to injury. If the Raiders were going to make some noise, it would be without Doug Gemmell and Nick Cambio. For one Raider, junior Tyler Nelson, it meant strapping his team's offense on his back. Would Nelson, who averaged 14.9 points a game through the regular season in which the Raiders spread the ball around to four double-figure scorers, be up to the task? Four straight dominating wins and the accompanying North title would emphatically confirm that question for Nelson, our 2013 Eagle-Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year. In a sectional that the St. John's Prep or Lynn English guards were expected to dominate, Nelson clearly proved to be the class, averaging 24.8 a game when it mattered most. "We put a lot on Tyler's shoulders," said Raider coach Rick Nault. "And he handled it incredibly well. I think we saw the competitor that he really is." This is not to sell the 6-foot-2 guard's regular season short. Nelson, the most heavily-guarded player in the MVC, helped lead the Raiders to both a Christmas Tourney title and a share of the conference crown, being named to all-MVC team for the second straight year. An Eagle-Tribune Golf All-Star and the conference champion on the links, Nelson was second in the region with 72 3-pointers. He enters his senior season with 926 career points. Already blessed with scholarship offers, Nelson will return to his national champion BABC AAU summer team in what will likely be a pivotal summer on the recruiting front.

Boys basketball all-star team Super Team * Tyler Nelson, Central 6-2 Jr. G Chris Bardwell, North Andover 6-5 Sr. F Isaiah Nelsen, North Andover 6-6 Sr. F Sam Dowden, Andover 6-5 Sr. F Justin Reyes, Whittier 6-4 Sr. F All-Stars David Berroa, Brooks 6-0 Sr. G Joel Berroa, Central 6-4 Sr. F Doug Gemmell, Central 6-4 Sr. F Nick Cambio, Central 6-5 Jr. F Saul Phiri, Haverhill 6-2 Fr. G Anthony Dionne, Haverhill 6-1 Jr. G Derek Collins, North Andover 6-2 Sr. G John Mastascusa, North Reading 6-4 Sr. F Jake Vaiknoras, Pelham 5-11 Jr. G Andrew Lowman, Windham 6-3 Jr. F Ryan Grant, Whittier 6-1 Sr. G * Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year