, Salem, MA


February 22, 2014

BOYS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS: NEC Represents in D2 , Prep top seed in D1


The Witches meanwhile host their game on Thursday against the winner of No. 14 Masco (12-8) and No. 19 Brighton (10-10). Salem has plenty of size and athleticism and could be a potential nightmare match up for anybody in the tournament. David Kazadi, Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez and Rashad Keys are all strong down low for the Witches while Jamie Dominguez, Shaky White and Kelven Perpetuo are a good trio in the back court.

The Magicians won two close games to finish out the season and are hot going into the playoffs. The momentum should carry them past Chelsea, but Marblehead will need more if it is going to have a chance against the Falcons, who smashed the Magicians 61-40 back on Feb. 14. Guards Matt Millett and Spencer Craig are heady players who are coming off strong performances in the team’s win over Concord-Carlisle.

Beverly has the potential to make a deep run but first the Panthers will need to find a way to win at home against No. 10 North Andover (12-8) on Tuesday. Beverly will need to lean on the scoring of Nick Cross and the inside game of Jon Berchoff if it wants to prevent the upset. A guy to watch could be senior Chris Sinclair who has shined at times for the Panthers when their studs were sidelined.

The Chieftains should feel good about playing the opening round on Monday in their own gym against the last placed team in the tournament, however, considering that team is Brighton, which plays in the Boston City League, Masco should have its hands full. Jake Rudolph is the team’s go-to guy offensively but he’ll need some help if the Chieftains are going to advance.

St. John’s Prep (16-4) earned the top overall seed in the Division 1 North Tournament which means it will be home games until the neutral venue stage. The Eagles will have a pretty significant layoff period though as they play the winner of no. 8 Chelmsford (13-7) and no. 9 Lowell (11-9) on Friday.

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