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December 14, 2012

Central boys a strong contender for another state title

(Continued)

Assistant coaches: Anthony Curet; Malik Curry, JV; Chris Samataro, freshmen

Coach Matt Curran (2nd year, 11-9): “We have a lot of young kids and will start four sophomores, with our 6-7-8 guys all sophomores as well. We have to get them experience, if at some point, they are going to succeed in the MVC large. The hope is to make the tournament this year, win 13 or 14 next year, and then who hopefully things go right when they are seniors. Tim Galloway-Burke is a kid a lot of coaches around the league and from colleges were asking about in the preseason. Mark Sicard played for us as a freshman. They should both be ready to play at a high level.”

North Andover

2011-12 season: 21-2, lost in Division 2 North semifinals

Returning starters (2): Derek Collins, 6-2, Sr., guard; Isaiah Nelsen, 6-6, Sr., forward

Returning lettermen: Alex Gorgoni, 5-11, Sr., guard; Aaron Straus, 5-8, Sr., guard; Garrett Upson, 5-10, Sr., guard; Brendan Miller, 6-2, Jr., guard; Casey Walsh, 6-1, Jr., guard; Brett Daley, 5-9, Soph., guard

Promising newcomers: Chris Bardwell, 6-4, Sr., forward; John Enright, 6-1, Jr., guard; James Testa, 6-3, Jr., forward; Jeff Warden, 5-10, Jr., guard; Kyle White, 5-9, Jr., guard; Robert “Bubba” Shkliew, 5-9, Soph., guard

Captains: Derek Collins, Alex Gorgoni, Isaiah Nelsen

Candidates: 65

Returning leaders: Isaiah Nelsen 13.2 ppg (25 3’s), Brendan Miller 6.4 ppg, Derek Collins 5.9 ppg

Returning honorees: Isaiah Nelsen, Eagle-Tribune All-Star

Fast facts: When healthy Derek Collins, who missed most of last season after back surgery, could return to his form as one of the top players in the region. ... Before leaving for the MVC, the Knights had won four straight (outright or shared) CAL Large titles including last year’s perfect CAL campaign. ... Isaiah Nelsen has committed to St. Anselm’s, becoming the first scholarship Scarlet Knight since Dick Licare (NA ‘75). ... The Knights were outscored 4-0 in the final 2:35 in the North semis in a 47-45 loss to Wakefield. ... Chris Bardwell was a reserve last year at Central but has played at an all-star level for the Knights in the preseason.

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