Gibbs also believes the Highlanders will see a high level of competition, and it will be a good experience for some of the players on his team hoping to continue playing in college.
“I don’t think we’re playing the Miami Heat or Orlando Magic or Florida Gators, but believe it or not there will be 4,000 athletes there; not just boys basketball but girls, too,” Gibbs said. “This attracts schools from coast to coast. Besides the fact it’s good bonding and it’s also good in terms of them playing games and practicing during Christmas break.”
Pingree is off to a bit of a slow start, having dropped two of its first three games. But Gibbs is confident a team led by senior captains Johnnie Spears, Kyle Lentini and Connor Reardon will get back to its winning ways, and a trip during winter break will only help.
The Highlanders have an excellent lineup with solid depth. Sophomores Alonzo Jackson and Justin Assad are talented players who take a lot of heat off the seniors.
Several players on this team could be college players. Spears just committed to play football at Trinity College and Reardon made a verbal commitment to WPI recently.
“He’s a leader. He’s a person who’s always vocally leading the players and leading by example,” Gibbs said of Reardon. “He’s the first guy at practice patting the kids on the back, or helping out our freshmen. He reminds me of Tim Tebow; he’s a real winner.”
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.