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Three games to watch in boys basketball this week

Posted by Justin Rice  January 6, 2013 05:50 PM

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O’Bryant at Boston English, 6 p.m., Tuesday:
In this central division clash of the Boston City League, O'Bryant coach Drew Hughes-Brock will hope that his team can keep its winning-streak alive against the high-scoring Bulldogs. O’Bryant (4-2) hasn’t lost a game since Dec. 19, beating Latin Academy (44-39), Nantucket (63-53), and Madison Park (45-43).

For Boston English (4-3), the game will be more challenging than their previous 38-point win against Southeastern. In fact, the Bulldogs haven’t won a game by less than 19 points this season.

O’Bryant will look to change that as their defense only allows 55 points-a-game, making them the fourth best defense in the City League.

No. 18 East Boston at No. 9 New Mission, 6 p.m., Wednesday
Both of these ranked teams are coming off games that went down to the wire. East Boston’s (5-2) last win against Everett was decided by just a point, 49-48.

New Mission (4-3) will look to their high-scoring offense (72.6 points per game) to bounce back from its loss against Windsor (74-71).

A win would be crucial for both teams, with both at the top of a 4-way tie in the city's north division.

No. 9 New Mission at No. 15 Madison Park, 6 p.m., Friday
This is a huge game for Madison Park as the Cardinals are still pursuing the .500 mark. Aside from a 16-point loss to Dorchester, both of coach Dennis Wilson’s team’s losses have been decided by one or two possessions.

Madison Park should expect another competitive contest against a New Mission team that has yet to find a defense it can’t break down.

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at zolankannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com.
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