Methuen Rangers Boys Basketball '15-'16

Lowell ends Ranger run

LOWELL – The look on coach Anthony Faradie's face was not one of excitement.

Judging by the leaps his program took this year, it soon will be, at least when the dust settles.

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Boys Basketball, 03/05/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen 78, Lawrence 67

Methuen High made life a lot more difficult for Lawrence, denying the Lancers a spot in the upcoming state tourney with a 78-67 win.
Lawrence now has one more shot to qualify, Tuesday night against North Andover.
Keegan Lannon led the Rangers with 22. David Dizazzo had 20. Marcos Germosen had 13 to pace Lawrence.

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Boys Basketball, 02/21/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Historic night for Perry, Andover

ANDOVER - E.J Perry IV hit a free throw with three minutes left in regulation to score his 1000th career point for Andover, and the Golden Warriors held on down the stretch to take down Methuen, 83-76, Thursday night.

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Boys Basketball, 02/18/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hardy hits buzzer-beater

David Dizazzo grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw and kicked the ball out to Evan Hardy, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer to give Methuen a dramatic 62-61 victory over North Andover.

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Boys Basketball, 02/12/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen makes it six

Led by 21 points off of 6-threes from Evan Hardy, Methuen captured its sixth consectutive victory with a 72-56 win over Billerica. Dante Rivera knocked down 4-threes and finished with 14, while teammate Keegan Lannon added 11 points with 3-threes of his own. 

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Boys Basketball, 01/19/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lannon from long range

Keegan Lannon led the Methuen boys to their fifth straight victory by pouring in 6 threes in Friday nights 72-60 win over Lawrence. Lannon finished with 22 points, and teammate David Dizazzo chipped in with 14.  

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Boys Basketball, 01/15/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dynamite David

Senior David Dizazzo erupted for 25 points and Methuen moved to .500 at 4-4 with an 83-57 thumping of Dracut.
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Boys Basketball, 01/05/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rivera, Rangers roll in 3rd-place game

NORTH ANDOVER — Methuen defeated Lawrence 62-46 in the third-place game of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic. Trailing by one at the half, the Rangers (3-4) outscored the Lancers (2-4) by a 41-26 margin in the second half.

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Boys Basketball, 01/01/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central owns 4th quarter, rallies past Rangers

NORTH ANDOVER —  Dante Rivera's lefthanded drive followed by another lefty drive by David Dizazzo (team-high 13 points) put Methuen up 35-31 with five minutes left.  Everything seemed in place for the Rangers to punch their ticket to the championship game of the 41st annual Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic. But the swarming Central Catholic defense, led by perimeter greyhounds Tanahj Pettway, Victor Mwaurah and Jeremy Urena, took its toll and the Ranger offense went south in a hurry. That D combined with some inspired late play by Ian Carmichael sparked the Raiders to a supremely misleading 49-38 win. This was no 11-point game. Central will take on tourney newcomer Londonderry Wednesday in the title game at North Andover High's Crozier Fieldhouse at 8 p.m.  "I said before the game (to the players), it would be a rock fight and they want to beat you more than anything," said Raiders coach/birthday boy Rick Nault. who got exactly what he wanted for his 44th birthday. "I thought our depth at that position (backcourt) wore them down." The Rangers (2-4), who led most of the first three quarters, were held to a mere 14 second-half points in the defensive struggle and just five in the final 11:38. But with Central (4-1) not exactly lighting up the scoreboard either, it was anyone's game. Trailing by 4 with five minutes left, Pettway (game-high 20 points) sank two pull-up jumpers and Steven Hajjar hit both ends of a 1 and 1 to give Central a 37-35 lead. Then Carmichael soared for a tip. Andrew Marcelino answered with an up-and-under hoop and the free throw to cut the Raider lead to 39-38 at the 1:56 mark. But the 6-7 Carmichael hit 1 of 2 after his offensive rebound then threw down a dunk. He corralled a man-sized rebound in traffic to almost seal the deal in the final minute. Central scored 7 points in the final 33 seconds for the misleading final score. On his slam, Carmichael (14 points) soared like his uncle, North Andover High's Hall of Fame triple jumper Jamie Noble.  "There is nothing like it. It's a great feeling," said Carmichael, who lives in Atkinson. "I didn't even play some games last year. I'm just enjoying the ride." Nault said as a freshman, he wasn't sure if Carmichael would ever be a factor. "Now he might be the best center in the league," the coach said proudly. "Ian was immense. He had four rebounds in a crowd in the last four minutes. He changed the game." The Raiders are banged up with All-MVC guard Kevin Fernandez (foot) still a few weeks away and Sam Lara (sprained ankle in the opener) sitting out and probably a game-time decision for the final. Of course, nobody will ever weep for the vaunted Raiders but it's a feather in their cap to reach the finals starting three sophomores (5-10 Pettway, 6-3 Hajjar, 6-4 Colin Bradanese). Pettway is no ordinary 10th grader, as he proves on a nightly basis. Excluding when it was two four-team divisions the last two years, it would have been the gutty Rangers' first appearance in the Christmas Tourney finals since 2000.  Aggressive senior guard Dizzazo continued his strong play with a team-high 13 points for Methuen and undersized center James Ogunjobi (8 points) battled relentlessly against the bigger Raiders.  "We played hard, We fought," said senior guard Keegan Lannon, Methuen's lone returning starter. "It was just a few bounces one way and a few bounces the other." Central always seems to get those bounces, that's why they have a record 18 Christmas Tourney titles. And are one win away from No. 19.

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Boys Basketball, 12/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Perry drops 30

Coming off a stellar football season, Andover's EJ Perry IV came out shooting in Tuesday's 78-58 win over Methuen. Perry drained five 3-pointers en route to 30 points, Brandon Witten added 19 points and Jonathan Rodriguez scored 16. Keegan Lannon led Methuen with 12 points.

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Boys Basketball, 12/15/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars