With the winter high school sports season over on Cape Ann, it’s time to reflect on the season that was.
When it comes to boys basketball there was a lot to like this winter. Although Manchester Essex was the only team to qualify for the postseason, Gloucester and Rockport showed big improvements and strong individual performances were at a premium.
Guards and swing men make up the strongest contingent of individual talent on Cape Ann. While the Fishermen, Vikings and Hornets are all fairly height challenged, teams made up for it with athletic guards and strong outside shooting which led to some high scoring games.
While perimeter players rule the roost on Cape Ann, there are also a fair share of grinders and defensive stoppers that every good team needs.
Here’s a look at what a team built of the best boys basketball stars on Cape Ann may look like.
PG- Liam Aldrich, Manchester Essex. Aldrich took the Cape Ann League by storm in his first season as the Hornets’ starting point guard. The senior captain does everything that a point guard is expected to do. He quarterbacks the Hornets offense, sets the tempo, breaks a full court press and gets his teammates involved.
Ball movement was one of the main reasons the Manchester Essex offense was so prevalent this season and it all starts with Aldrich at the point.
Aldrich, however, is more than your typical point guard and his deadly offensive game is what sets him apart from the rest. His first instinct may be to pass the ball and find an open teammate, but Aldrich also has an efficient jump shot that he’s not afraid to use. It seems like every time the Hornets point guard has an open look, he knocks it down as is evident in his 14.6 points per game and 44 three pointers.