Beck has been in double figures twice since filling in the starting lineup and has averaged a little more than seven points per game in the last five contests.
“He’s been playing really hard and is doing a great job defending and rebounding as well as scoring,” Walsh said. “He’s a really good athlete.
“Hopefully, we can defend (Beverly) well. Cam Rogers is as good as anyone, Cross had 30 the other night, and I love Jon Berchoff. They’re pretty impressive.”
A game to keep an eye on is next week’s tilt between Hamilton-Wenham and Masconomet. Each team enters this week riding six-game win streaks. The Generals will battle Manchester Essex (tonight) and Triton (Friday) at home, while Masco hosts both Rockport (tonight) and Pentucket (Friday).
It’s entirely possible that these two Cape Ann League rivals will meet next Tuesday with eight-game win streaks under their belts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.
Five for thought ... The recent Nick Cross explosion for Beverly makes this a perfect time to take a look at the top reserves in the area. Having confidence in a bench player is one of the best feelings a coach can have. Here are five players that make it easy for their respective coaches to substitute: 1. Nick Cross, Beverly Jr. F -- He can score (13.6 points per game), rebound (5.1 per game) and defend (21 blocks). Sounds like a complete player to me. 2. Max Burt, St. John's Prep Jr. G -- A versatile guard who can play the point or off the ball, Burt has also committed to defense this winter. 3. Kieran Beck, Danvers Jr. G -- Beck has filled in admirably with Nick McKenna on the shelf with mononucleois. He's also more athletic than he looks. 4. Ben Maxner, Bishop Fenwick Sr. C -- Maxner is currently a reserve, but he could be headed back to the Crusaders' starting lineup any day. As the sixth man he brings size, experience and defense off the pine. 5. David Kazadi, Salem Jr. F -- A raw talent who provides some much-needed size and athleticism to the Witches' frontcourt.