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March 21, 2013

In The Paint boys basketball column: Putting a wrap on the boys hoop season


Drex Costello, St. John’s Prep, Sr. G. He’s pretty much in range as soon as he crosses halfcourt, and he proved to be extremely clutch in his senior year.

Sixth Man of the Year Award

It’s not often that an obvious candidate emerges at the high school level, but this year was different. Beverly’s Nick Cross eventually forced Panther coach Scott Lewis’ hand, but the junior spent a large portion of the year coming off the bench. Cross ended up second in scoring for Beverly with 12.7 points per game, third in rebounding with 5.4, and first in blocks with 2.0 a game.


Under the Radar

Here are few more under-the-radar players from this season before we put the 2012-13 season to bed:

Jordan Mendez, North Shore Tech, Sr. G. A dangerous shooter, Mendez learned how to be a go-to scorer. He helped the Bulldogs become a pesky team down the stretch, leading them to a 5-5 record in their final 10 games.

Dom Luoni and Matt Costello, Bishop Fenwick, Jrs. G and F, respectively. Luoni has the potential to be a big-time player for the Crusaders next year. He has guard skills and possesses pretty good size. His shooting stroke is no joke. Costello, on the other hand, does a little bit of everything for Fenwick. This duo could help the Crusaders turn things around next year.

Maynard Wheeler, Peabody, Sr. G. Wheeler was sort of a combination guard who did a lot of things for coach Thad Broughton. He was named an NEC all-star in large part because of the consistent season he had for the Tanners.

Tighe VanLenten, Masconomet, Sr. G. Basketball is probably third on VanLenten’s list of sports, but he still made a huge impact for the Chieftains this year. His work on the hardwood was good enough to earn a spot on the Cape Ann All-League Team.


In the Paint, a column on North Shore boys’ basketball, runs every Tuesday during the winter sports season in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at 978-338-2648, by email at, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.




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