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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Francisco Zeno, 5-10, Jr., guard; Dontae Christian, 5-9, Soph., guard; Aser Ghebremichael, 6-6, Soph., forward

Promising newcomers: Matt Hurchick, Sr., 5-11, guard, Andover; Lavar Herewood, 6-3, Soph., guard; Nate Leeson, 5-11, Soph., guard; Ikenna Ndugba, 5-10, Frosh., guard; Tamenang Choh, Frosh., 6-3, guard

Captains: David Berroa

Candidates: 55

Returning leaders: Jayde Dawson 16.5 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Jayde Dawson has committed to play at Cornell. … Sam Milbury is the nephew of former Boston Bruins defenseman/coach Mike Milbury. … David Berroa, whose brother Joel is a co-captain at Central Catholic, returns from a devastating compound leg fracture. ... Brooks opened with a big win over Lawrence Academy and is currently 2-0.

Assistant coaches: Michael O’Connor, Kenya Jones

Coach John McVeigh (10th year, 128-73): “It’s an incredibly hard working group with a nice mix of experience and new talent. To be successful, we’re going to need to play the game the right way every time we step on the court.”

Phillips Andover Academy

2011-12 season: 10-14, lost in New England Prep A quarterfinals

Returning starters (1): Brendan O’Connell, 6-1, Sr., guard, Andover

Returning lettermen: Rory Ziomek, 6-3, Sr., guard; Sahil Bhaiwala, 5-9, Sr., guard, Andover; Josh Heyward, 6-2, Sr., guard; Nate Meehan, 6-0, Jr., guard; Greg Devlin, 5-9, Jr., guard; Jake Howell, 6-3, Jr., guard

Promising newcomers: Richard McAllister, 6-3, Post-grad., guard/forward; Larry Flynn, 5-9, Sr., guard, North Andover; Chris Holstein, 6-2, Jr., forward; Kene Adigwe, 5-8, Jr., guard; Germane Wright, 5-8, Soph., guard

Captains: Brendan O’Connell

Candidates: 65

Returning leaders: Brendan O’Connell 6.0 ppg, Sahil Bhaiwala 3.4 ppg, Rory Ziomek 3.2 ppg

Returning honorees: None

Fast facts: Leon Modeste stepped down after 25 years as head coach. ... Terrell Ivory, who averaged 22.3 points for Phillips as a post-grad in 1999-00, is the new coach. Ivory went on to captain Davidson College and coached at powerhouse Blair (N.J.) Academy, Davidson and last year was at Colgate. He’s working in admissions at Phillips. His brother, Titus, also starred at Phillips (PA ‘96) and Penn State.

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