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February 16, 2013

Salem pulls away from Beverly

Boys grab share of NEC hoop crown

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“We adjusted at halftime,” Doyle said. “We talked about limiting (Berchoff’s) shots and touches. Jared Louf-Woods, (Berchoff) is a tough matchup for him and they exploited it a little bit in the first half. But in the second half he stepped up and played inspired, like it was his last conference game and like he was leaving everything on the floor. That’s why we pretty much left him (on Berchoff) the whole second half. He stepped up to the challenge.”

Dunston scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the second half, Baez finished with 14 points, and Muse tallied 12. The Witches continued to get great production from bench players Dominguez and Kazadi. Dominguez scored 10 points while Kazadi had nine points and a really impressive blocked shot when he trailed a fast break and swatted a Nick Cross layup attempt off the backboard.

Cross had 15 points for Beverly and Jonangel Franco chipped in with eight.

“We’re a good team when we play well. The problem is we’re up and down,” Lewis said. “We lack that consistency sometimes. If we can find that consistency we could be a tough out in the (state) tournament, and if we don’t play well we could be out in the first round.”

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