The NEPSAC championship Sunday held at both Rhode Island College and Clark University capped off the end of the prep season. With match ups in six divisions looking to crown a 2017 winner in each of wasn’t easy.
St. Luke’s Goes Back 2 Back in Class C
After going back to back as FAA champs, St. Luke’s said to themselves why stop there. The reigning Class C champs stormed their way to a 74-65 win against Green Farms Academy.
Everything has come in the form of two’s for Head Coach Drew Gladstone having finished with a 49-2 record in the past 2 seasons, having went back 2 back in regular and postseason titles, Walter Whyte finishing with his 2nd Class finals MVP honors.
But four individual performances formed a great team win for the St. Luke’s Storm. Lead by Walter Whyte alongside Jonas Harper (14pts), Andrew Varoli (10pts), and Joel Boyce (12pts) combined for 61 of their teams 74 points.
Sunday Okeke finished with 23 points for Green Farms Academy.
Brooks Takes Over Class B
The Brooks boys’ basketball team finished the season with a 25-0 record. But none greater than solidify a back 2 back Class B title against Marianapolis Prep Sunday evening.
When opening up the game on an 18-2 run it was made clear that the Brooks School wanted this title. But when you have a core of your production coming from five seniors there no question why the lead ballooned so quickly
Brooks took a 36-11 lead going into the half and the 2nd half was no different.
Brown commit Tamenang Choh finished with 16 points to lead all scorers in route to an MVP honor.
Brooks would complete a 68-32 win over Marianapolis Prep to secure their second Class B title in 2 years.
Brewster Slam Dunks AAA Win
The tone was set for the Brewster Academy Bobcats when junior wing Sidney Wilson connected on 5 dunks in the first. It was a sign to how dominant the Bobcats were against Northfield Mt. Hermon
The Bobcats took a 45-26 lead going into the half. The second half was owned by UConn commit Makai Ashton-Langford who sliced his way into the lane consecutively to keep the Bobcats lead going. Ashton-Langford earned MVP honors to the tune of a 89-62 win
Cushing Wins AA
In his first year as head coach of Cushing Academy, James Cormier made his claim as one of the premier coaches in the region with a 57-50 win over Tilton.
Some of the best guards were on display in this match up featuring David Dukes and Virginia Tech commit Wabissa Bede. The duo had a back and forth back with Tilton’s dynamic guard Marcus Zegarowski who was lighting up the first half from deep.
A very close contest throughout Cushing was able to take a 35-30 lead going into the half. But no matter how close the Ram got, Wabissa Bede always came back with answer on both ends of the floor.
Wabissa Bede lead his team with 17 points and a MVP honor so lock up his prep career.
Phillips Exeter Takes Home Class A
Javonte McCoy and Jacob Grandison combined for 40 points in a dominate Phillips Exeter win. Suffield Academy would keep the game close at times but not enough to gain a lead.
Phillips Exeter went on to with their third class title in five seasons with a 63-58 win over Suffield Academy. Jacob Grandison an uncommitted senior earned MVP honors.