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Three games to watch in boys' basketball this week

Posted by Justin Rice  December 17, 2012 11:27 AM

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East Boston at Madison Park, 6 p.m. Tuesday:

In the first true Boston City League test for first-year East Boston coach Shawn Brown, the Jets will clash with the Cardinals on the road.

The Jets (3-0) have won their first three games by an average of 25 points against Mt. Pleasant (R.I.), Swampscott and Boston English while the Cardinals (1-0) only game was a 61-52 victory against West Roxbury.

A victory would put East Boston on solid footing on the path to returning to Madison Park for the city championships in February.

But both teams pride themselves on swarming defense so don't expect to see the 64 and 61 points per game East Boston and Madison Park have been putting up respectively.

West Roxbury at O’Bryant, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

Looking for its first win of the season, West Roxbury (0-2) already finds itself in a nearly must win situation if it wants to stay in the hunt for what is shaping up to be a hotly contested Central division title. So far this newly created division has seen the most parity with Latin Academy losing to Boston English only to rebound to beat West Roxbury.

Tech Boston will also be in the hunt in the Central so the Raiders must be feeling the pressure to get on their horse and beat O'Bryant on Wednesday.

New Mission at Brighton, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

After losing to Needham by three points in its season opener and only beating Snowden by one point last Friday, Brighton (1-1) is going to have its work cut out for it against a hot New Mission team that is getting close to finding its stride.

New Mission is coming off a convincing 87-60 victory at Charlestown on Friday night and is averaging 85 points per game.

Brighton, which is giving up 62 points per game, will have to find a way to slow down the Titans offensively.

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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