The performance of both Burts could be critical to the teams success over the second half of the season — and beyond.
Danvers has been playing (and still winning comfortably) without its leading per game scorer, Nick McKenna, who has been forced to sit out while he recovers from mononucleosis. McKenna is expected to return to the Falcons’ lineup in a couple weeks, with plenty of time to spare as the team gears up for the stretch run.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.
Five For Thought ... If Pingree is the most overlooked basketball program on the North Shore, then it's high time to get to know five players who would make an immediate impact on any other team in the area: 1. Johnny Spears, Jr. PG -- Super quick and a menace on defense. His coaches and teammates all consider him the best on-ball defender in the area. 2. Kyle Lentini, Jr. F -- A great combination of size and skill. He's 6-foot-5 and strong, but he also possesses a soft touch and long range. 3. Connor Reardon, Jr. F -- Reardon spent two years at Salem High and you can be sure Witches' coach Tommy Doyle would love to have this 6-5 forward in his frontcourt now. 4. Alonzo Jackson, Fr. F -- Some well-respected North Shore hoop fans who have watched Pingree play this season came away raving about the potential of this talented 6-4 youngster. 5. Nino Leone, Fr. F -- Any team in Eastern Mass. would love to add Leone's size to its roster. He's 6-5, strong, and hard to budge.