Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MIAA Playoffs Are Right Around the Corner

It is that time of the year again.  The top teams in the MIAA are gearing up for another playoff run.  This year it will be fun to watch many of the top teams in the state navigate their way through the bracket on their road to the Garden.  As the season came to a close many of the state's top teams gave us a glimpse of what to expect in the post-season.

Cambridge Is Ready For Revenge
After falling just short to Catholic Memorial last year, Cambridge is revamped and ready for revenge. The Falcons are now 17-1 and boast recent wins over Archbishop Molloy (a top ranked team from New York) and Central Catholic.  Junior guard Jakigh Dottin has been playing great for them and through his last 4 games is averaging 28.25 points, 10 rebounds, and 7.5 assists.  That also includes a season high 32 points against Newton South for the captain.  #1 Cambridge is the favorite to win the Division 1 State championship.

Danvers May Not Be Undefeated, But They Are Still Making Noise
Although the Falcons are not undefeated again this year, the team is still ready to make a run in the Division 2 playoffs.  Danvers is led by senior Rudy Francois and junior Devonn Allen who help them pull of their small ball style of play.  Although they do live and die by the three, Danvers does start much of their offense by making stops and forcing turnovers on the defensive end.  After winning the Keough Classic this past weekend, Coach John Walsh and his team have the momentum you want heading into the tournament.  Don't be surprised if the Falcons make a deep run in the playoffs this year; because if the shots are falling, the Falcons will compete with anyone.

Andover is Ready To Hurt Opponents From the Outside 
Like Danvers, Andover is a team that depends on shots from behind the arc to anchor their success.  Although they lost both games this past weekend, they went up against tough competition in Central Catholic and Archbishop Molloy.  Through these games, they displayed that they are capable of playing with the best, they just need to get over the hump. EJ Perry and Jon Rodirgues will be the keys to their success.  If these two can find a way to carry the rest of their team and get over that hump, Andover could make some noise in the tourney.

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