The Lynn Tech boys basketball program was named one of the top programs of the decade by Boston Herald sportswriter Danny Ventura.
Ventura had Watertown nipping Tech for the Division 3 team of the decade honors.
Tech’s status as the best vocational school program in the state was reaffirmed Friday night as the Tigers won another state vocational title with an 88-59 victory over Greater New Bedford at Tech.
“We haven’t seen that kind of defensive pressure all year,” said GNB coach Rob Pimental. “They’re a 6-foot and under team that rebounds pretty well; they get after it on the defensive end of the floor, and they’re a fast break team. Tech has a very good program.”
Those comments are a tribute to Avery’s coaching methods and having a genuine scorer like Rich Warren Jr. (15 points) and teammates B-Jay Baptiste, Omar Nyang, Trey Gallo, Gerrad Fairweather, Michael Duarte, and football star Ryan Muprhy adhere to the team-first philosophy that has made Tech a powerhouse during the Avera Era.
Tech has won eight of the last 10 state vocational championships. The Tigers went deep to their bench against GNB and their defensive pressure and intensity eventually took its toll on a very good opponent that has high hopes in Division 3 South.
“We have 15 guys on the roster and our style is going to take a toll on an opponent one way or another,” said Avery. “We make things happen with our defensive pressure. Our kids all define and know their roles. We just keep coming at teams in waves.”
Greater New Bedford stayed in contention for close to three and a half quarters, but Tech exploded for a 19-1 run in the fourth quarter to lock up the victory.
Avery now turns his attention to the State Tournament and a first-round matchup with Northeast Regional.
“I’m very excited about what I call the Real Dance – the MIAA Tournament,” said Avery. “We play Northeast and though we’ve beaten them earlier, I’m not taking anything for granted. We’ve been to the Eastern Mass. finals five times with this program and hopefully we can get back there again. My team is well prepared and ready to go.”