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December 30, 2012

Three days Central will never forget

Christmas Tourney romp caps historic run

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It felt like Larry Bird woofing he’d win the 3-point title, battling to the bitter end, then, just as he released the money shot extending his index finger to tell the world who is No. 1.

Lawrence left it all on the floor but realistically they have to play a near perfect game to beat a team with four legitimate All-Scholastic candidates in MVP Doug Gemmell (17 points), last year’s MVP and 2012 All-Star junior Tyler Nelson (game-high 22 points), 6-4 All-Star Joel Berroa and 6-5 junior Nick Cambio.

That’s three scholarship players (Nelson and Berroa already have offers from UMass Lowell) and a player in Gemmell who is going to make a Division 3 coach happier than a long-term contract.

Talent and tradition are cornerstones of Central basketball, but you have to do it on the hardwood. Like so many other Central hoop teams, the 2012-13 version rarely disappoints.

Injuries, illness, academics, tough draws ... there are no excuses just sustained excellence.

Central historians like Mike Morris, Paul Theberge and Bobby Sheehan might disagree, but I still rank the loss to St. Anthony’s as one of the great athletic achievements in school history.

A loss isn’t a loss when we are talking the St. Anthony’s Friars of Jersey City. Geez, they’ve had a nationally acclaimed documentary done on them. I don’t think Central has, but that YouTube video of Moses Parting the Red was pretty cool.

Lawrence seemed to be making a run in the third quarter. Tre’Von Farley and Roberto Speing had the Lancers playing inspired ball. But the strange thing was, Central, which seemed to be playing poorly, actually increased the lead from 19 to 20 points.

It was like the last three days for Raider Nation ... giddily beyond description and beyond belief.

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