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January 7, 2014

In the Paint: Supporting cast the key for Beverly

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Franco came into last night’s game against Peabody averaging less than four points a game, but was leading the team in assists and steals.

While Lewis would like to see a little more scoring from Franco, Sinclair and Cairns have settled in as the Panthers’ third and fourth scoring options.

Sinclair is an energy guy, the type who seems to score in bunches, and he’s at his best in transition. After scoring 14 points last night against Peabody, he’s averaging 10.4 points per game and is a more-than-capable ball handler who can get Beverly into its offense.

Cairns, meanwhile, is the player who can stretch the floor for the Panthers. Given time and space, Cairns 3-point shot is the key that can unlock the paint for Cross and Berchoff.

“Chris is like a glue guy. We put him on the other team’s point guard if Jonangel is chasing a scorer. He can knock down the three and he’s good taking it to the basket, especially in the open court. He makes us go when he’s playing well, too,” Lewis said.

“Josh is the perimeter game that we desperately need. He got a lot stronger and bigger in the offseason and he can help defensively and on the glass. He’s just a really good knock-down shooter.”

As long as Franco, Sinclair and Cairns play well and Beverly continues to get solid play off the bench from senior Zach Duguid and sophomores Kyle Coughlin and Sam Traicoff, Beverly will be a team that remains in the title chase until the very end.

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