As most basketball teams have less than a week of games left on their schedule, others are gearing up for this weekend’s Spartan Classic hosted by St. Mary’s of Lynn.
The tournament will serve as a good test of competition and precursor to the state tournament, which is just around the corner. It will also highlight the talents of the North Shore’s top teams, including Division 1 Masconomet and Lynn English, while Ipswich and St. Mary’s compete in the Division 3 bracket.
The Chieftains (14-4) are anticipating a great battle against Northeastern Conference powerhouse Lynn English (17-2), especially because this is the first year they’re in the Spartan Classic. The talent level in the Division 1 bracket is very high as the other two teams, Revere and Lexington have put up big numbers this season.
“It will be a big challenge as each of the four teams in our bracket our in the Division 1 North tournament,” said Masconomet head coach Bob Romeo. “English is very athletic, talented, well coached and has established a winning tradition. Since a couple of early season hiccups, they’ve been dismantling all opponents.
“Revere is one of two teams that beat Lynn English early in the season. Lexington has been terrific all year and is the second best team behind a loaded Reading team in the Middlesex league.”
English is also well aware of the success Masco had produced this season. With only four losses, the Chieftains are a fast-paced machine looking to take down any and all opponents.
“They’re a real good basketball team, very balanced,” said Lynn English coach Fred Hogan. “They play good defense and we’re going to have to be ready because the intensity should be really high.”
Romeo echoed similar thoughts about the level of intensity this tournament will bring.