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March 1, 2008

Athletic North Cambridge overwhelms No. Royals

GEORGETOWN — All good things have to come to an end eventually.

Such was the case last night for the Georgetown boys basketball team, who after going 12-7 and beating Tyngsboro in the first round of the Division 4 North tournament, finally succumbed to the North Cambridge Catholic Panthers, 85-50.

The Panthers were exactly that. A team stacked with versatile swingmen and athletic shot-blockers who voraciously swarmed and pounced on every rebound and loose ball.

Royals coach Mike Rowinski admits that the Panthers seem to be in a class all their own.

"Sometimes you lose and sometimes you get beat," explained Rowinski. "Tonight we just got beat. It wasn't that we played bad, they just played phenomenal. That was the best I've seen anyone play this year.

"They were very athletic. They're a very Jekyll and Hyde type of team, but when they play together, they're as good as Charlestown," stated Rowinski. "Tonight, they would have beat anybody in our league. They just beat us in every aspect of the game. They were on the boards, they were quick jumpers and honestly, I don't think we had as many shots blocked tonight as we did all year."

The first quarter saw both teams playing even. Freshmen guard Jaymie Spears (9 points, 4 steals, 5 assists, and 2 rebounds) got the game started with a three-pointer, but the Panthers answered back thanks to the all-around genius of senior/captain Allen St. Surin (10 points, 8 blocks, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) who seemed to swipe everything out of the air. The first ended with the Panthers scratching and clawing to a 17-13 advantage.

The second was still close, but the Panthers were beginning to hit full-stride. Senior/captain Paul Rose (14 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds and 3 assists) brought his game and defense, giving anyone bringing up the ball all types of trouble. Before anyone knew it, the running and trapping game of the Panthers was starting to break open, and as the half-time buzzer sounded, NCC had a 36-26 lead.

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