Most important, McGrath recalled, “This group improved as the season wore on and handled the pressure games like veterans. They adjusted to game situation like a coach’s dream.
“The Marblehead games? They came to our place first and had us by 17 points, I believe, and we came back to beat them. The second game at Marblehead we played deliberately, probably better than at home, and all but clinched the title with that win.”
The ‘64 team did not make any kind of tournament run, but they merit remembering for bringing a championship tradition missing for a decade back to the Danvers High basketball program.
McGrath figures the sky continues to be the limit for Walsh and his record-setting Falcons. After all, he and Walsh boast one other connection — a strong tie in Malden Catholic, where McGrath coached and Walsh played.
Gary Larrabee is a former long-time Salem News sports staff writer.