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February 5, 2013

In the Paint: Generals, Chieftains riding hot streaks, set to clash

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Babb’s decision to attend Winthrop (which has school choice) worked out well, though. The Lynn resident was a starter for a Vikings team that went 16-7 and advanced to the quarterfinals of Division 4 North last year.

He hopes to continue playing basketball in college, and he’s obviously not nervous about traveling for school. He’s currently interested in schools in California (University of La Verne), Texas (University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas of the Permian Basin), Virginia (Lynchburg College, James Madison University), Florida (Lynn University), and Pennsylvania (Elizabethtown College). Westfield State is also a possibility.

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Is there a school in the state with more underrated players than St. John’s Prep?

Senior point guard Tyler Dooley doesn’t get enough credit for what he does for the Eagles. He’s an excellent on-ball defender and his penetration is crucial to the team’s offensive success. There were times against Central Catholic on Sunday when he would just break down his defender and get into the paint, either dishing to a teammate, finishing himself, or drawing a foul.

The post players that Dooley often finds after his drives are also underrated as a group.

Forwards Josh Syska, Max Butterbrodt and Jake Burt have been providing toughness and strength under the basket since the beginning of the season, but lately they’ve stepped up on the offensive end, finishing around the basket and hitting jump shots.

Butterbrodt, a junior, had a big game with 16 points against Catholic Memorial, then followed it with 11 in the Eagles’ win over Central Catholic. Butterbrodt actually scored nine points in about two minutes late in the second quarter against the Raiders.

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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 mjenkins@salemnews.com, or follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.

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