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June 25, 2013

Talent amazes athletes in Agganis Basketball Classics

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Davis’ North team struggled for most of the first half and they trailed 33-23 until Davis buried four straight jumpers for her team to cut the deficit to four (35-31).

The North eventually tied on another 12-0 run sparked by a pair of threes from Danvers’ Kasey Sherry. Bishop Fenwick’s Rose Fantozzi made one free throw with 4:13 to go to tie the game at 43-43.

The South managed to close the game out for the narrow win.

“It’s a completely different game; everybody is more experienced and more dedicated so it’s in some ways a lot easier because everybody’s focus is there to play basketball,” said Davis, who finished with 12 points. “It’s fun in that sense and it pushes you more because you’re playing with kids that are as good as you or better.”

Even though these types of all-star games tend to be fun, the competitors rise to the occasion down the stretch.

“I think they knew we had to play tight defense at the end or we would lose. They’re competitors and they did that,” said Bishop Fenwick girls coach Adam DeBaggis, who coached the North. “We just missed a bunch of shots in the first half.”

Sherry was the only other player on the North with double figures, finishing with 11 points.

For the South, Swampscott’s Ara Talkov had eight.

On the men’s side, Salem’s Christian Dunston hit double figures with 10 for the South, while Danvers’ Nick McKenna hit three triples and scored nine points. Manning had seven, Salem’s Billy Muse had six, and Danvers’ Eric Martin had two.

Josh Syska of St. John’s Prep had an excellent game for the North, dropping eight points. Maynard Wheeler of Peabody added six. Beverly’s Cam Rogers (3), Bishop Fenwick’s Ben Maxner (2), and Peabody’s Steven Leavitt (2) also scored.

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