Also from the North Shore, Hamilton-Wenham locked up its tournament berth last week with a narrow victory over Newburyport. The Generals have played very good basketball since starting the year 1-5, and will be tougher than their seed and record suggest.
James Foye will be one of the better scorers in the section and Henry Eagar and Nikos Lara are solid complimentary players.
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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.
Five for Thought ... Here are five tournament matchups that I'd love to see: 1. Masconomet vs. Beverly: Beverly and the Chieftains met this season in the Panther Holiday Tournament and the hosts delivered a 23-point whipping. That was a much different Masco team than the current edition, however, and a rematch would likely produce a better game. 2. Danvers vs. Wayland: There's pretty much no chance that another game between these two teams could result in a more wild finish than last year's overtime thriller, but the thought of Eric Martin chasing Jaleel Bell the length of the floor for a full 32 minutes is more than appealing. 3. Danvers vs. Wareham: Another rematch, this North-South battle would have to happen once again on the Garden parquet in the state semifinals. The Falcons completely frustrated Wareham star point guard Darien Fernandez last March -- and you can be sure Fernandez would love another crack at Danvers. 4. St. John's Prep vs. Central Catholic: Over the past few years these two programs have become postseason rivals, and another matchup seems fitting. St. John's and Central are widely considered the two top teams in the section currently. 5. Salem vs. Beverly: What could be better than pitting these two rivals up against each other in a win-or-go-home scenario?