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February 22, 2014

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


“We did get the first seed and a bye and there a pluses and minuses to that,” explained Dullea. “Anytime you can get a bye we’ll take it but the downfall is its a long time in between games. We’ve been playing our best basketball at the end of the season so I hope we can carry that over to our first game.”

The team that ousted St. John’s Prep from the playoffs last year in a most controversial manner, Andover, is on the other side of the bracket so Eagles fans won’t have to worry about tangling with the Warriors unless its in the finals.

No matter who St. John’s Prep will be playing, the onus is on the Eagles to continue to play team basketball the way they have down the stretch of the season. Head coach John Dullea has said in the past that you can tell when his team is playing at its best because the box score will be spread out.

Not having that go-to scorer can be a hindrance for some teams in the tournament, but not the Eagles.

“In the tournament teams are well coached and well prepared and their game plan is to take away the other team’s best player,” said Dullea. “One advantage we have is any one of our guys can step up any night and in the tournament that is what you need-someone the other team isn’t game planning for to step up and make some plays.”

Guards Max Burt, Ben Judson and Kareem Davis along with forwards Mike Bisson, Zach Burt and Max Butterbrodt have all lead the Eagles in scoring for a game at least once during the season.

Hamilton-Wenham (17-2) earned the second seed in the Division 4 North Tournament with St. Clement (19-1) coming in as the top team in the bracket. The Generals will play Friday at home against the winner of no. 10 Bishop Fenwick (10-10) and seventh seeded Mystic Valley (13-7) which is scheduled to be played at Mystic Valley on Tuesday.

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