Central Catholic leads field as Division 1 MIAA boys’ basketball favorite
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All-Scholastic center George Merry, who averaged 19.5 ppg in the tournament, has graduated, but the Falcons do have three returning league all-stars in seniors Eric Martin (point guard), Nick McKenna (shooting guard), and Nick Bates (forward).
Wareham (23-1) suffered its only loss to Danvers in the state semifinals, but returns perhaps the most exciting player in EMass in Darien Fernandez. The shifty point guard nearly averaged a triple-double last season (20.5 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists) and will be expected to carry the Vikings as far as he can.
One year after losing the state championship, St. Mary’s returned to TD Garden last season and emerged with the hardware after downing Cathedral in the final.
The Spartans (20-6) will rely on returning all-stars Matt Manning (senior forward) and Randolph Thurman to lead the way for Coach of the Year Kevin Moran, who enters his ninth year in Lynn. Division 4 goes state-wide next season, which means the EMass Sectional champs will have to face the Central and Western winners for the state title in 2013-14.
Boys’ basketball league standings on Boston.com/schools.