Central Catholic Raiders Boys Basketball '12-'13

Division 1 North Semifinals

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Boys Basketball, 03/05/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central shows off bench in first-round victory

LAWRENCE – Entering the postseason minus a couple front-court starters might cause most teams concern.

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Boys Basketball, 02/27/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders romp in consolations

A second-quarter blitz led by Nick Cambio and Joel Berroa led Central Catholic to a comfortable 70-45 victory in the consolation round of the IAABO Board 130 Tourney. Berroa (16 points) and Cambio (game-high 25 points) each had 12 first-half points as the Raiders turned a three-point deficit to a 12-point halftime lead.

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Boys Basketball, 02/18/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Cambio delivers big day

Nick Cambio notched a season-high 28 points to lead Central Catholic past Methuen 87-73. That crushed his previous best game of the year, 19 points in a win over Dracut.

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Boys Basketball, 02/01/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

No need to stand

A much-anticipated matchup between two of the top teams in the MVC ended up being a letdown for Lowell as Central Catholic raced out to a 13-point lead and kept going for a 70-49 blowout win. As part of a team-best 21-point night, Tyler Nelson saw a first-half offensive rebound come to him while sitting on the court, and without needing to stand the junior sank the putback.

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Boys Basketball, 01/18/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic 63, Lawrence 46

Lawrence cut a 16-point lead down to six behind a ferocious effort from Roberto Speing (team-high 12 points), but Central Catholic's teamwork at both ends of the court quelled the threat in a 63-46 victory.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central dominates Christmas finals

LAWRENCE — Any prayers of empty tanks or thoughts of a letdown were washed away almost immediately.

With a second straight Christmas Tournament title in its sights, the Central Catholic boys ran the home team off the floor with a near-perfect opening quarter and left no doubt in a 77- 59 championship victory before about 700 fans here last night.

"This team, in terms of mental toughness, is the best group we've ever had," said Raider coach Rick Nault, who now has  five Christmas titles in seven years at the helm. "They've been through a lot of emotion the last three days, and they've handled it brilliantly."

Tournament Most Valuable Player Doug Gemmell rang the alarm for the Raiders, pumping in their first six points to erase Lawrence's only lead of the night, at 2-0.

The senior forward netted 12 and Tyler Nelson hit all four of his first quarter shots — three bombs and a driving runner — helping the Raiders built a 27-13 lead on 10 of 15 shooting.

"We played a lot harder (Friday night vs. St. Anthony's of NJ) than we did on Thursday and it carried over into this one," said "Baby Face" Nelson, an all-tourney selection who led all scorers with 22.

"We executed well on offense and had great ball movement, and that created good shots."

Nelson played a little bit angry last night, having struggled in Thursday night's semifinal with Andover.

"I guess you could say I was in a bit of a mini-slump," said Nelson, something we hadn't seen from him in two amazing seasons with the Raiders. "Some days they fall. Some days they don't. I just got in the gym and put up a bunch of shots. I found my rhythm again, and I started to get much better looks."

The lead bumped to 19 at the half, 42-23, and the Lancers never got closer than 13 after the break.

"Central's record in big games speaks for itself. They've won many of these (18th overall) and have won two state titles under (Coach Rick Nault)," said Lancer coach Raymond Nunez. "My job now is to go ahead and find solutions to beat them. Those solutions are going to be found on defense."

 Lawrence brought the lunch-pails as the Lancers typically do, with undersized Tre'Von Farley (11 points, 9 rebounds)and Roberto Speing (14 points, 12 boards)winning more than their share of the battles.

But too many turnovers led to easy hoops the other way, and some woeful work on the foul line (14-of-29) didn't help matters either.

"This was a big test for us, and whether it's by two or 50, it's still a loss," said Nunez, whose club makes the New Year's turn at 5-1. "All we can do is keep working at it."

Nick Cambio added a dozen points for Central, and Nault was forced to the Central bench early and often as starters Lucas Hammel and Joel Berroa were buried by foul problems.

Sixth and seventh men Jamahl Lopez and Mike Barry continued to prove they fit right into the rotation nicely with eight points apiece.

"I think we've shown and I'm very comfortable with our top seven," said Nault. "Austin Perry and Aaron Hall might be moving in at 8 and 9, but we'll still have to see."

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Boys Basketball, 12/29/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

St. Anthony's survives Central

BOSTON — One night after barely surviving in the Greater Lawrence Christmas tourney semis, the Central Catholic boys basketball team nearly took down a national icon.
The Raiders pushed defending MaxPreps national high school champion St. Anthony's of Jersey City to the brink, before falling, 54-50, last night at Emmanuel College.
Central will face unbeaten Lawrence tonight in the Christmas tourney championship (7:15 at Lawrence).
Nick Cambio hit 7 of 10 shots, pacing the Raiders with 15 points. His junior classmate Tyler Nelson tossed in a dozen points with five assists on the night. Big man Doug Gemmell muscled his way to 10 points and nine rebounds for Central.
Central played back-and-forth with the St. Anthony's, currently rated sixth nationally, and got as close as 45-44 late in the fourth, before falling.
"We didn't play great the night before (against Andover) so I'm very proud of our guys," said Raider coach Rick Nault. "From the opening tip we were ready. We knew we had a great task at hand, and the kids really went after it.
"It started with Lucas Hammel, setting the tone ... He challenged their point guard (Temple bound Josh Brown) on the opening possession and our team fed off that. He held him to 3 of 13 shooting from the field."
Jamahl Lopez added seven points off the bench with some superb defense for the 4-1 Raiders.

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Boys Basketball, 12/28/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central rallies late to beat Andover

Trailing with less than three minutes remaining, Central Catholic rallied late to beat Andover, 65-63, in the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney semifinals.

Andover had a 3-pointer at the buzzer which wouldn't fall. 

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Boys Basketball, 12/27/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic 76, Salem 31

Central Catholic puts on a show and whips Salem 76-31 in the first round of the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney. Doug Gemmell had 16 points, Tyler Nelson 12, Joel Berroa 12.

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Boys Basketball, 12/21/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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