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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

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Returning lettermen: Mike Barry, 6-3, Sr., forward; Jamahl Lopez, 5-10, Sr., guard; Ryan Barry, 6-4, Sr., forward; Nick Cambio, 6-5, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Andrew Hamel, 6-8, Sr., forward; Nick Boes, 6-1, Jr., guard; Anthony Crespo, 6-0, Jr., guard; Aaron Hall, 6-6, Jr., forward; Austin Perry, 6-2, Jr., guard; Neil Sheehan, 5-9, Jr., guard; Alex Santos, 6-0, Soph., guard

Captains: Doug Gemmell, Joel Berroa

Candidates: 95

Returning leaders: Tyler Nelson 13.0 ppg (50 3’s), Joel Berroa 11.9 ppg, Doug Gemmell 11.7 ppg, Nick Cambio 9.0 ppg

Returning honorees: Tyler Nelson, Eagle-Tribune Super Team; Doug Gemmell and Joel Berroa, Eagle-Tribune All-Stars; Nick Cambio, MVC All-Star

Fast facts: Junior Tyler Nelson already has a scholarship offer from UMass Lowell. … Joel Berroa has been offered a three-quarter ride at UMass Lowell as well … Giant Andrew Hamel, at 6-foot-8, was the leading pitcher on the Central staff last spring. Neil Sheehan’s dad, Bobby, was part of the foundation of the Raiders’ hoop resurgence under Dick Licare, starting on the 1982 team that went 17-4. … Austin Perry’s older brother Connor is a 2012 grad now at Holy Cross, playing baseball.

Assistant coaches: Kevin McCarthy, varsity assistant; Jonathan Cruz, varsity assistant; Wilfredo Pagan, varsity assistant; Jose Otero, JV; Mike Isola, freshmen

Coach Rick Nault (7th year, 136-16): “This is one of the more balanced groups I have had, five different guys who can make plays on the floor. That’s a difference than in years past. You look at a kid like Joel, with four years on varsity. That experience, especially in so many big games, is huge. He was there with the 2010 state title team. And both Tyler and Doug have been there for so many big games. We should have a lot of confidence in the crucial situations. I’m feeling more and more confident in the bench, too. Guys like Jamahl Lopez, Mike Barry, Austin Perry and Aaron Hall could make the bench a strength for us.”

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