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February 19, 2013

Improved Kazadi boosting Salem's strength

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He scored nine points in the second half to help Salem pull away from Beverly, and last Tuesday against Lynn Classical Kazadi scored 15 points.

Beverly coach Scott Lewis noticed a big difference in Kazadi from their first meeting in early January until now. Kazadi scored just two points in the first Salem-Beverly game.

”He makes a big difference for them; he’s playing really well,” Lewis said. “Now he’s finishing and he just gives a whole different presence down there. He gets offensive rebounds and he’s a shot blocker. With so many three-point shooters you’re out extending and somebody drives and they dump it to him for an easy layup when the help comes. It’s hard. You’ve gotta be really good at rotating to cover all your aspects when they’re playing well.”

Kazadi is a good rebounder at both ends of the floor and covers a lot of ground in the paint when he’s defending.

”He’s got great instincts and he’s so long and athletic. He runs well, jumps well, he gets his hands on everything, and he certainly is an X-factor for us,” Doyle said. “Guys are finding him and he’s catching and finishing. He’s knocking down his free throws too. He’s coming into his own right now.”

Kazadi isn’t the only Salem player coming into his own, either. Junior guard Jamie Dominguez has transformed into a very reliable option off the bench for Doyle. When Doyle has to give his starters a rest, he doesn’t mind turning to Kazadi and Dominguez.

”They bring a great spark off the bench; it’s unbelievable,” Salem senior guard Billy Muse said. “David definitely has improved a lot and Jamie definitely has improved a lot also, so it’s a great to have them coming off the bench giving us a spark.”

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