, Salem, MA


February 22, 2014

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


The Generals have been sensational all winter long but even more so since getting completely healthy after working Marcus Zegarowski, Nikos Lara and Nick Loeper back into the line up after injuries earlier in the season. Zegarowski, who is just a freshman, has come on strong late and given Hamilton-Wenham a solid back court to go with forwards Jimmy Campbell and Henry Eagar.

The Generals are deep and have enough talent to beat anybody in the bracket, including top seeded St. Clement (19-1).

One of the two teams to defeat the Generals in the regular season, Manchester Essex, is also in the tournament but fortunately for H-W the Hornets are on the other side of the bracket as the fifth seed and would need to make it all the way to the finals to face coach Doug Hoak’s team.

Bishop Fenwick is led by scorers Matt Costello and Dom Luoni but have plenty of depth and role players capable of stepping up when it counts. The Crusaders also have the advantage of already playing on the big stage having defeated Triton at the TD Garden in January. That experience coupled with the team’s depth make Bishop Fenwick a scary team in D4. Unfortunately, even if the Crusaders beat Mystic Valley, a tough match up against H-W awaits.

Swampscott (4-13) is the only team in the Division 3 North Tournament after qualifying under the Sullivan rule after going .500 or better against teams in their Division or lower. The Big Blue are seeded last and will travel to face fifth seeded Lynnfield (11-9) on Tuesday.

At first glance the Big Blue appear to be the heavy under dog with just four wins but after playing in the strong NEC, Swampscott will be playing much less talented opposition. Sophomore Joey Ragusa and freshman Andre Reeves have grown up a lot in the NEC and should help the Big Blue challenge the Pioneers.

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