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January 7, 2014

In the Paint: Supporting cast the key for Beverly

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Connor Reardon and Kyle Lentini join Spears as captains for the Highlanders. Reardon and Lentini provide size and a good inside-outside presence, as both can score from both areas.

Sophomore Justin Assad also made a memorable 3-pointer on the trip, drilling one late in the win over El Toro that allowed Pingree to regain the lead.

Now, the Highlanders have to focus on the second half of their schedule and moving toward achieving their goals of winning the Eastern Independent League and a New England title.

“Winning these games, hopefully they recognize the kind of upside they potentially have,” Gibbs said. “Anything other than a league championship and a New England title could be a disappointment. There’s one team in our league — Beaver Country Day — that’s a nationally ranked-type team, but besides that we will not see teams of this caliber. It gives us that kind of expectation that winning these kinds of games, why can’t we win our last game this year?”

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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 mjenkins@salemnews.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.

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