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January 28, 2014

In The Paint boys basketball column: Generals continue moving forward


Now, Hamilton-Wenham is a team with some serious depth.

“We are (deep). It’s kind of like I have to find a rotation, a new rotation, which is a little bit of a challenge for me now,” Hoak said. “It’s nice to have that added depth; it’s a matter of finding that happy medium and keeping our rhythm. I don’t want to over-sub, but I don’t want to under-sub, either.

“One thing I think it does is gives us versatility. Our lineups can be different on different nights.”

Even with all that depth, Hamilton-Wenham still has Campbell and Eagar to rely on. Campbell has been getting stronger every game and Eagar has been extremely consistent this season. Eagar is averaging more than 17 points per game and Campbell is checking in around 14 per game.

“Fortunately for us, it didn’t take Jimmy long to get back and Henry has been the one guy back that was the steady influence. That really held us together,” Hoak said. “Between the two of them, that’s been the key for us.”


Sticking with the Cape Ann League, how about the emergence of Masconomet and junior Jake Rudolph? After a very slow start this season, the Chieftains have bounced back and climbed back above .500 with five straight victories.

Rudolph has been a consistent scorer for Masco all year and blew up for a career-game last Friday, dropping 44 points in the Chieftains’ 83-77 overtime win over Georgetown. Rudolph hit seven 3-pointers and connected on 16-of-34 shots.

He followed that with 30 points last night to boost his scoring average to 24.4 ppg., tops in the area.

Perhaps the most impressive thing Rudolph did in his 44-point game happened at the end of regulation. With the game tied, Masconomet coach Frank Shea drew up a play for him. When Georgetown flocked to Rudolph when he had the ball, the junior dished to an open teammate. The shot didn’t fall, but it takes a mature player to give the ball up in that situation.

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