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Three games to watch in boys' basketball this week

Posted by Justin Rice  February 11, 2013 11:47 AM

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Dorchester at West Roxbury, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Even though the Bears beat Boston English handily on Jan. 29 to all but secure a slot in the city tournament, this is still the city league and anything can happen.

Dorchester needs a win against West Roxbury to put a comfortable cushion between them and the Blue & Blue in the Central division standings. As it stands, the Bears are 7-3 in the division and English is 8-4. English also beat the Bears by a point earlier in the season so if it comes down a tiebreaker, Dorchester would likely get the nod.

New Mission at English, 6 p.m. Wednesday

Even if Boston English can’t catch Dorchester for a slot in the city tournament, a win against New Mission would be a huge confidence boost going into the state tournament.
Even playing well against the North division power would be good for English this time of year.

Dorchester at Brighton, 5:30 p.m. Friday

In a potential city tournament semifinal matchup, both teams will have a lot to play for on this final Friday night tuneup of the regular season.

A loss going into the final week of the season could derail Brighton, which has been rolling on a nine-game winning streak, including a 20-point comeback against New Mission on Jan. 31 and a double-overtime victory against Madison Park last Tuesday.

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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