There are 2 big fall leagues for local boys basketball teams - the Rivier Fall League and North Andover Fall Ball. The NA Fall Ball features many tough teams from Massachusetts, plus Londonderry, Pelham and Salem from NH as well as St. John's Prep of Danvers, MA which features local product, senior guard Ben Judson. The league is down to its final 8 teams. The Elite Eight takes place this upcoming Monday at the North Andover rec center. The schedule is as follows:
5:15 Londonderry vs. Pelham
6:25 St. John's Prep vs. Lawrence
7:35 New Mission vs. North Andover
8:45 Tewksbury vs. Central Catholic
The winners advance to the semi-finals next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, defending NHIAA D-I state champs Manchester Central took home the crown at this year's Rivier Fall League. Central cruised to wins over Lawrence in the semis and Pembroke in the finals. Central was impressive throughout fall league play, and once again looks to be a contender for another title. Memorial transfer Oumaru Kante could have a big year at point guard, Jonathin Makori can flat out score and Joey Martin is a potential first team all-state player. Pembroke advanced to the finals by defeating former D-II rival Lebanon in the semis. Both teams should be top 5 in their respective divisions this winter.