City Squads Should Shine Bright on Courts This Year
The Lowell High School boys basketball team isn’t the only squad in the city thinking big this winter.
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Lowell Catholic appears to have the talent and potential to turn around last season’s disappointing 7-13 record.
The Crusaders, who are already off to a 2-0 start, including a victory over defending Division 4 state champion Pope John, have three talented starters back in sophomores Isaiah Taylor and Keenan Rudy-Phol, and junior Caleb Scott.
Lowell Catholic is young, but much of that youth saw significant playing time in 2017-18.
Lowell High, meanwhile, is widely considered to be one of the top teams in Eastern Mass. and a threat to win Division 1 North in March. Junior guards Nate Siow and Carlos Nunez, and senior forward Deven Okowuga give the Red Raiders a potent Big 3.
Over in Central Mass., Tyngsboro went 19-4 last season and advanced all the way to the Division 3 Central semifinals. High-scoring senior guard Christian Beck is back to lead the Tigers, along with junior forward Phil Sutherland.
Greater Lowell returns all five of its starters from last season’s 13-8 campaign. Groton-Dunstable, which finished 12-10 in 2017-18 and is already 2-0 this year, will be led by senior guard Evan Cook.
Up in New Hampshire, Pelham lost star guard Drew Brown (17 points per game last year), who transferred to Bradford Christian, but head coach Mike Larson still has high hopes for his Pythons in N.H. Division 2. Pelham will hang its hat on defense and balanced scoring.