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February 24, 2013

North Boys Tourney Previews

Division 1 North

Top Seeds: 1. St. John’s Prep 18-2; 2. Lowell 17-3; 3. Westford 16-4; 4. Central Catholic 17-5

Power Players: Anthony Gilardi, Malden, 18.4 ppg.; Rodney Morton, Malden, 18.3 ppg.; Sean Doncaster, Medford, 17.5 ppg.; Drew Costello, SJP, 14.1; Tyler Dooley, SJP, 11.0; Stevie Collins, Lynn English, 16.0 ppg.; Jonathan Perez, Lowell; Timmance McKinney, Everett; Fredens Deneus, Cambridge

Bracket Breakdown: A funny thing happened on the way to St. John’s Prep’s coronation as king of the North. Lynn English took the Eagles down in the finals of the IAABO Board 130 Classic at Central. Stevie Collins and the boys looked might good doing it. Mighty good as in Travonne Berry-Rogers/Ryan Woumn good. We all remember that run in ‘09, right?

I still love the backcourt of Drex Costello and Tyler Dooley. And Plaistow’s Ben Judson might just be the sophomore that indeed puts the Eagles over the top. But things have changed in the last two weeks. Central is no longer the beast, and the Prep is beatable. Lowell put a hurting on the Raiders this week. It’s wide open, and we haven’t even mentioned Westford, which knocked off North Andover in the final week.

Longo’s selections: 1. Lynn English – Love the swagger of the city kids. 2. Central – Losses to the Prep and Lowell have to be considered mere bumps in the road. 3. St. John’s Prep – Love the guards.

Sectional Sleeper: A No. 2 seed is the sleeper? Yep. Nobody wants to talk about the third-place team in the MVC, but Scott Boyle’s club has only lost to the Knights and Central, avenging that one this week.

AREA COMBATANTS

No. 4 Central Catholic (17-5)

Opener: Wednesday, hosts No. 13 Malden

Prime time players: Tyler Nelson, Jr., 14.9 ppg.; Nick Cambio, Jr., 13.9 ppg.; Doug Gemmell, Sr., 13.2 ppg.; Joel Berroa, Sr., 12.0 ppg.; Lucas Hammel, Sr., 5.3 ppg.; Jamahl Lopez, Sr., MVC all-star.

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