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February 28, 2013

Central rolls in tourney opener

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Tyler Nelson scored a team-high 17 points while Joel Berroa added 16.

“They’re very long,” Medford coach Don Nally said. “Obviously (Nelson) is as good as advertised. He’s a good shooter, and (Berroa) is a tough player. They play defense and run their stuff.”

Playing with a lead that grew to 35 before the end of the third quarter, Nault went to his bench early. The reserves responded with 25 points led by Mike Barry’s eight and Austin Perry’s six. Anthony Crespo had four nice assists in the final quarter.

Next up for the make-shift Raiders is a home date against 12th-seeded Cambridge (13-8) at 7 p.m. Friday. Cambridge knocked off fifth-seeded Waltham 64-52 in the first round.

“That’s our team,” Nault said of the 13 players that saw action against Malden. “(Gemmell) and (Cambio) are still a big part of what we’re doing, but I believe in the other guys and tonight they stepped up huge.”

agateHed:Central Catholic 84, Malden 51

agateText:Division 1 North First Round

Malden (51):@zzAgate:agateText: Tommy Steele 2 1-2 5, Anthony Gilardi 8 2-4 20, Rodney Morton 4 2-2 11, Luvenge Fransois 2 2-2 6, Jason Surpris 1 2-2 4, Wily Metellus 1 0-0 3, Fabian Price-Hernandez 1 0-1 2, Michael Asfawa 0 0-0 0, Jensen Ayuk 0 0-0 0, Naleye Aden 0 0-0 0, Mark Roger 0 0-0 0, Steeven Leon 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-13 51

agateText:Central Catholic (84):@zzAgate:agateText: Lucas Hammel 4 1-3 9, Tyler Nelson 6 3-3 17, Jamahl Lopez 4 0-0 9, Joel Berroa 7 1-3 16, Aaron Hall 3 2-2 8, Mike Barry 4 0-0 8, Austin Perry 2 1-1 6, Alex Santos 0 1-2 1, Andrew Hamel 0 1-4 1, Nick Boes 2 0-0 5, Ryan Barry 1 0-0 2, Anthony Crespo 0 0-0 0, Neil Sheehan 1 0-0 2. Totals 34 10-14 84

agateText:3-pointers:@zzAgate:agateText: M — Gilardi 2, Morton, Metellus; CC — Nelson 2, Lopez, Berroa, Perry, Boes.

agateText:Next game:@zzAgate:agateText: Hosts Cambridge, 7 p.m. Friday, Division 1 North quarterfinals

agateText:Malden (12-9):@zzAgate:agateText: 13  4 17 17 — 51

agateText:Central Catholic (18-5):@zzAgate:agateText: 22 18 25 19 — 84

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