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March 8, 2014

New Mission figures to be big challenge for Danvers in Division 2 North final

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“Mark is a tough, tough kid,” said Walsh. “He’s Eric Martin’s cousin and he’s got a little of that in him. He’s a competitor. He doesn’t look as smooth as some other kids, but he won’t stop. He’s a mentally tough kid.

“Kieran, we thought he’d do a little of everything and he’s exceeded that. His numbers don’t look as good as others, but what he does defensively and shutting down other players, he’s gotta be a real candidate for MVP of our league. He always takes the best player and never backs down.”

Walsh also counts on young guards Devon Allen (a freshman) and Rashad Francois (a sophomore) for big minutes. Allen is a strong defensive player while Francois provides some scoring from the perimeter.

Danvers may be lacking a lot of postseason experience from its previous two tournament runs, but that doesn’t mean the confidence graduated with last year’s nine seniors.

“They have like a sense of that experience that maybe they got from watching the other kids throughout (the last two years),” Walsh said. “In our league, they’ve been hunted and they have that target and they realized that from early on this season, starting with the NEC Small, and some of the NEC Large teams wanted to get us back. That prepares you for the tournament.”

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