Boston High School: Paul Tanglis

D2 North: Danvers 56, North Andover 45

March, 2, 2014
Mar 2
DANVERS, Mass. -– Two major keys to win any game, regardless of importance, are solid half court defense and converting from the free throw line.

No. 2 Danvers was able to do those two things much better than No. 10 North Andover, particularly in the fourth quarter as the Falcons topped North Andover, 56-45 before a packed house at the Danvers High field house in MIAA Division 2 North hoop action.

“That was huge. That’s huge when you get the free points,” Danvers coach John Walsh said.

Danvers led 39-38 entering the final quarter, but the home Falcons picked up their defensive intensity and limited North Andover to just seven points on just one field goal. They also went 10-for-14 from the free throw line to pull away from the pesky Scarlet Knights.

Overall, Danvers went 23-for-29 (80 percent) from the charity stripe, compared to 12-for-24 (50 percent) for North Andover.

“We’re limited with our size and we try and get things going from the outside, but it was tough with their big guys,” North Andover coach Paul Tanglis said. “They alter shots and take up a lot of space in there. It would’ve been nice to get something going from the outside and keep them honest on D, but we weren’t able to put together any offensive run in the second half.”

Danvers had a major size advantage over North Andover and after a slow start they were able to exploit it on both ends of the floor –- limiting the Scarlet Knights to just one shot offensively and getting easy baskets on the other end.

“We had an advantage, but we knew with their four guards it was going to be tough to get to that advantage,” Walsh said. “We knew if we played the game at half court it wouldn’t favor us, but eventually we got the ball down around the three point line and pounded it in and we were able to take advantage of that.”

The major height advantage led to Danvers junior Devan Harris having a tremendous game finishing with a game-high 23 points and 18 rebounds.

“He played hard today,” Walsh said. “He was a beast. I thought he played well.”

North Andover led 16-13 after the first quarter, but Danvers closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a 29-25 lead into the locker room at the half. The teams went back-and-forth in the third quarter as the Falcons held a one-point lead going into the fourth before pulling away.

“Despite the height advantage I thought our kids fought hard and we had to play pretty much perfect D to play with these guys and I thought we did for about three quarters,” Tanglis said. “We were scrappy, but they are a good team inside and outside. Eventually we went in a drought and couldn’t get anything going offensively, had a couple of turnovers. A good team like that it can get out of hand pretty quick.”

The visitors hit three 3-pointers in the first few minutes, but Danvers tightened up and only allowed two the rest of the game. Sophomore Wabissa Bede paced North Andover with 12 points, followed by junior Brett Daley with nine.

Aside from Harris, Danvers had two others reach double-figures in points with seniors Mark McCarthy and Kieran Beck finishing with 12 and 10 respectively.

Danvers will now face the winner of Salem/Belmont in the Division 2 North semi-finals.

After winning back-to-back state titles the past two years at the Division 3 level, the Falcons moved up to Division 2 this season and are having the same postseason success. Walsh attributes that to their conference – the Northeastern Conference as a major reason why.

“We’re in the Northeastern Conference and there are Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4. You prepare for this all the time,” Walsh said. “The Northeastern Conference is a war every night. In my opinion top to bottom it is the best league in the state this year so every night is a fight and it prepares you for this. Moving up, whoever they tell us to play we play and we go from there.”

The possibility of playing another NEC team in the semi-finals is something Walsh would certainly embrace.

“I would love it,” he said. “Not because I want to play Salem, but I have great respect for Tommy Doyle and this area. This area is awesome and it would just be great in my opinion.”
Two teams came crashing into our statewide MIAA boys' basketball Top 25 poll this week, after a couple of noteworthy wins from North Andover and Martha's Vineyard.

For this week's complete poll, click HERE.

A couple of notes from this week's rankings:

Scarlet fever: North Andover breaks into the poll this week, following its 68-65 win over No. 12 Central Catholic. First-year head coach Paul Tanglis has his team off to a 3-1 start, with a kickstart from sophomore guard Wabissa Bede.

Meanwhile, Central will have to refocus quickly with another impending date against MVC rival Andover, following the Golden Warriors' win in the teams' previous meeting.

Mighty Vineyard: Martha's Vineyard forged its way to No. 16, on the heels of an impressive 52-47 win at Eastern Athletic Conference rival Bishop Feehan, behind a game-high 18 points from Deshawn James.

With a win over their Division 2 counterparts, the Vineyarders' athletic lineup should be primed for another deep run in Div. 3.

Tanglis: 'Absolutely thrilled' to return to NA

May, 28, 2013
North Andover announced last Friday that they hired alum Paul Tanglis as the new head coach of the Scarlet Knights boys’ basketball team. Tanglis will succeed longtime North Andover coach Mike McVeigh, who led the team to 497 victories over the course of 31 years. Tanglis, a 2000 graduate of NA, was the head coach at Stoneham for the last three years following a three-year stint as associate head coach at Medford. He inherits a team coming off a 19-5 season and a Merrimack Valley Conference championship in its first year in the league.

Tanglis sat down for an interview with following his hire to discuss his hire, and the program's future.

Q: What was your initial reaction on getting the head job at your old high school?
A: "I got the call from the A.D., John Longley, and I was absolutely thrilled. As a coach, to come back where you grew up, where you played, and to have your coaching career come full circle back to where it all began for you is something special. It was a very proud moment and I was honored because there were a lot of good candidates. I’m thrilled with the opportunity."

Q: Have you had a chance to communicate at all with the players who will be coming back this year?
"I really don’t know too much, I’m just really excited to get to know all the kids and start building relationships with them. As far as who and what, that’s something that will come with getting to know these guys over the summer and seeing them play in the fall. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and getting started."

Q: You’re succeeding your own high school coach, Mike McVeigh. What does that mean to you?
"It’s a great honor. Obviously I played for coach, I had him in the classroom, I had a chance to coach with him for a year. To be able to continue the tradition at North Andover really means a lot to me. Coach has always been a big part of my basketball life."

Q: What are some short term and long term goals for the development of your program?
"Short-term, it’s just getting to know the kids, building relationships with them, and kind of getting the feel for what type of program we’re going to be. Long-term, we’re in a very competitive league, you want to stay competitive in the Merrimack Valley Large and obviously you want to put yourself in position to make the tournament and keep making runs in the tournament. North Andover as a whole has all those ingredients that you’d want to have a successful program. Obviously there’s been a lot of success in the past, I just want to continue that success and then take it to the next level."

Q: What are some of your defensive principles, and views on style of play?
"Defense has always been a big part of what we do, the success we had was pretty much predicated on the play we play defense. If we play defense, rebound, take care of the ball -- we’ll give ourselves a chance to win. I’m going to be looking to play an up-tempo style, but I’ll see what we have in terms of player personnel."

Q: The MVC was a buzzsaw this past year, how do you prepare for such challenging games every single night?
"Great teams from top to bottom. Night in and night out, as a coach, you need to make sure your team is prepared and as a program you have to realize that there are no nights off. The league will make us better and when we do get into the tournament, playing Central, Lawrence, Andover, and teams like that twice during the year is only going to help us get better and make a run in the playoffs."

North Andover taps Tanglis for boys hoop coach

May, 24, 2013
North Andover High Athletic Director Jon Longley announced this afternoon the hiring of Stoneham's Paul Tanglis as its new head boys basketball coach, replacing the recently-retired Mike McVeigh.

Tanglis has been the head coach at Stoneham High for the past three seasons. He guided the Spartans to the MIAA Division 3 North tournament the past two seasons, including a 10-10 campaign in 2012-13, while competing in the Middlesex League. He also served as associate head coach at Medford for three seasons prior to being hired in Stoneham.

Tanglis is a 2000 graduate of North Andover and a 2005 graduate of Framingham State University, where he captained the men's basketball team during his senior season. He has also coached at Plymouth State and North Andover High.

"The North Andover High School Boys Basketball program is one of the historic boys basketball programs in Massachusetts, having qualified for the state tournament every season tournament play has been in existence," Longley said in a statement. "Paul has proved himself to be a successful coach and a leader of young men. We are are extremely happy to have Paul as our coach and we look forward to continued success in boys basketball in the future"

There are some big shoes to fill on Osgood Street, where Tanglis will be replacing a legend in McVeigh. In 31 seasons on the NA bench, McVeigh compiled a 497-176 record and qualified for postseason every year.

This past season was a banner campaign for the Scarlet Knights. In their first year of membership in the Merrimack Valley Conference, the state's toughest league, NA grabbed a share of the Large division title with Central Catholic. They reached the Division 2 North Finals, where they lost to eventual state champion Brighton; it was the program's first appearance in a district final since 2007.

The season also saw some decorated individual accolades. Senior Chris Bardwell was named MVP of the MVC, and along with senior forward Isaiah Nelsen was named to ESPN Boston's All-State Team. McVeigh was also named ESPN Boston's Coach of the Year.