The Bad: It may be a reach for a team riding a long win streak, but in some ways the Generals are still finding their identity. Marcus Zegarowski missed the first half of the year with a broken thumb and Nikos Lara and Nick Loeper recently returned to the lineup from injuries.
The Outlook: The Generals might be in the best position they’ve ever been in heading into the tournament, but Div. 4 North has some strong teams.
Bishop Fenwick (10-9)
The Good: Fenwick qualified in head coach John Preziosa’s first season, ending a short drought. It’s a team with solid depth built around key scorers Matt Costello and Dom Luoni. When playing well, the Crusaders should be able to play with anyone in Div. 4 North.
The Bad: The Crusaders definitely improved from the beginning of the season, but it seems like they haven’t yet been able to become a consistently good team.
The Outlook: If Fenwick can start to become that consistently good team now, then there’s no reason to think it can’t win a couple postseason games.
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 e-mail at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.