The Northeastern Conference (NEC) recently announced its 2021-22 all-conference team in both boys’ and girls’ basketball. Five Saugus players were selected. Two of them made the NEC all-conference team.
For the boys, Saugus’s top scorer, Tyrone Manderson, was one of seven players to make the NEC all-conference squad. He was a consistent and at times prolific offensive performer for the Sachems, who finished 8-12 this season and fell just shy of earning a playoff berth in Joe Bertrand’s first full season as head coach.
Junior guard Ben Tapia-Gately was recognized as a member of the NEC Dunn Division all-star squad. He was another consistent performer and engineered the Saugus offense. Tapia-Gately frequently finished with double-digit scoring efforts.
On the girls’ side, senior forward/center Fallon Millerick captured a spot on the seven-member all-conference team. She led the team in points scored numerous times and helped guide the Sachems to a 12-win campaign and playoff appearance in 2021-22.
Two Saugus girls made the Dunn Division all-star team. Ashleen Escobar, a solid all-around guard/forward, and eighth-grade guard Peyton DiBiasio were recognized for their efforts. Escobar performed well both offensively and defensively while DiBiasio showed some scoring prowess with a number of double-digit scoring outputs and an ability to attack the net.
Beverly guard Ryder Frost was named NEC Player of the Year for the boys. For the girls, Peabody’s Logan Lomasney received the honor.