It was another wildly successful boys hoops season for the newly expanded Northeastern Conference.
Greater Boston League addition and this year’s North Division champion Everett made it all the way to the Division 1 state semifinals; Beverly put together its best season in recent memory on the way to a top seed in Division 2; and fellow local squads like Marblehead, Peabody and Salem got back to their respective tourneys as well.
On an individual level, the NEC was home to many of the top players around. Wednesday night, the league board selected its annual all-star squad to go with various other honors and awards. Here’s how things shook out.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ghared Boyce, Everett
Boyce was the best player on the best team in the conference and one of the top teams in the entire state. He climbed over the 2,000 career point mark during his final campaign, and had some of his best performances down the stretch.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Karakoudas, Beverly
In just his first year at the helm after coming over from Division 4 power Pope John, Karakoudas guided the Panthers to a 15-5 regular season record and their first No. 1 seed in program history.
His run-and-gun, shoot if you’re open offensive style catered beautifully to Beverly’s abundance of shooters, and led to a first-round playoff win over Malden Catholic. The Panthers fell in the final seconds of the sectional quarterfinals to eventual North finalist Woburn, but that didn’t take away from a stellar season in Garden City.
Derek Marino, Marblehead
Marino finished second in conference MVP voting behind Boyce after producing his best season on the hardwood to date. The senior swingman averaged 19 points on 42 percent shooting from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line to go with nine rebounds per contest. He surpassed 1,000 career points during a 36-point late season effort, finishing his high school career with 1,063 points (15.6 per game), 582 rebounds (8.6 per game) and 130 steals (2 per game).
Marino is heading to Bates this fall to play football, and is considering the possibility of continuing his hoops career as well.
Other all-conference members: Ghared Boyce, Everett; Fern Berard, Malden; Edwin Solis, Lynn Classical; Tayjaun McKenzie, Winthrop; Lucas Saint-Jean, Somerville
NORTH DIVISION ALL-STARS
Luigi Derrane, Beverly senior (13 points, 5 rebounds per game)
Toskany Abreu, Beverly junior (13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists per game)
Seamus Keaney, Marblehead senior (11 points, 5 assists per game, 25 3-pointers, 57 steals)
Dewey Millett, Marblehead (9 points, 10 rebounds per game)
Jake Irvine, Peabody (13 points, 5 rebounds per game)
Isiah Likely, Everett; Caleb Jacobs, Everett; Ademide Badmus, Lynn English; Alonzo Linton, Lynn English; Tyler Holness, Malden; Malik Bissette, Malden; Dyrrell Rucker, Lynn Classical; Ishmael Johnson, Lynn Classical.
SOUTH DIVISION ALL-STARS
Nate Lebron Jr., Salem (17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals per game; 43 3-pointers)
Ethan Espinal, Salem (9 points, 3 assists per game; 42 3-pointers)
Jake McIntire, Swampscott
Justin Roberto, Danvers
John Weimert, Danvers
Tyler Whitney-Sidney, Somerville; John Kalton, Somerville; Ben Oliver, Gloucester; Marcus Montagnino, Gloucester; Ryan Cafferky, Medford; Ben Ruenmenapp, Medford; Devin Pulsifer, Winthrop; Michael Mabee, Saugus.
First-year head coach Chris Timson and his Falcons didn’t have much success in the win department this season, but they played with heart and determination and handled themselves with class despite the losing nature of their season.