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January 26, 2014

Reyes big and better than ever at LHS

Swept away from Lawrence program by AAU coach's advice, giants Reyes back to work for Lancers

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One positive was a change in Reyes’ attitude to diet and nutrition. Trimming the 40 pounds off his giant frame, he put fast-food in the rear-view mirror and learned how to limit portions.

“I learned a lot … fast,” said Reyes.

Home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Reyes had enough of Pace and longed for another shot with the Lancers. How would he be received, though?

“You know, at another school, with different kids and coaches, that might have been a problem,” said Reyes, who returned to LHS right then and there. “But with the coaches we have, Coach Raymond (Nunez) and Coach Stevie (Martinez), I was welcomed back here. All I had to do was make sure that I was eligible.”

Such a big, imposing athletic figure has people talking on the campus of Lawrence High. Football coach Mike Yameen would love to get Reyes back into shoulder pads. He was an impressive football player before an ankle surgery freshman year, caused by rapid growth, took Reyes out of the action.

For now, though, he’s focused on hoop and hopefully helping the Lancers, at 5-6, to a state tourney berth.

Reyes is avoiding foul trouble lately. He’s playing hard on both ends and really gets up and down the court for an athlete his size.

He has pushed his scoring up to 4.6 points a game and continues to grab double-figure rebounds on a nightly basis. He blocks at least 4-5 shots a night and re-directs countless others.

AND THEN THERE’S PRESSURE

Andover High coach David Fazio figured scheduling Brookline yesterday in the “Good Sport” event at the TD Garden had nothing but positives attached to it.

The team sold 350 tickets to its student body, another couple hundred to youth teams.

The schools even decided to let their eighth grade travel teams scrimmage at halftime on the famed parquet floor.

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