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March 22, 2014

North Select team turns rival basketball players into teammates


Even though they’ve had some competitive battles over the years, Burt doesn’t expect any hard feelings from Nelson. The two have been friends since they were in 5th or 6th grade.

“Me and Tyler are like best friends. That’s going to be really fun to be on the same team, living out a dream,” said Burt, who will attend either Phillips Andover or Phillips Exeter next year. “We used to play AAU together way back in 6th and 7th grade and that was the last time I’ve played with him. We’ve always played against each other, whether it be Central Catholic against St. John’s or one-on-one in my back yard. We always said, ‘What if you went to St. John’s and what if I went to Central?’”

All-star games like this always seem to bring regular season rivals together.

Cross, for example, will be suiting up with Northeastern Conference foes Rosario and Rogers.

“It should be good stuff. I know most of them and I was at St. John’s sophomore year, too. It should be good,” said Cross, who intends to go to a prep school next year. “It’s going to be tough (against BABC); we know they’re really good.”

The Freshman/Sophomore team will also face a stiff challenge.

Hamilton-Wenham’s Marcus Zegarowski, a freshman point guard who was a Cape Ann League All-Star this year, and St. John’s Prep’s Keigan Kerby were the two locals selected to play for the North.

E.J. Perry (Andover), Kevin Fernandez (Central Catholic), Michael Boyd (Malden Catholic), Fru Che (Somerville), A.J. Pettway (Central Catholic), Daniel Rymer (Cambridge), Anthony Silfa (St. Mary’s Lynn), Jonathan Paulino (Methuen), and Nathan Habtom (Cambridge) round out the Freshman/Sophomore team.

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