Brewster Academy (NH) 82 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 66
These two teams have meet twice before this showdown during regular season play, yesterday during the NEPSAC AAA semifinals both teams came out swinging. Daquan McNeil has continued his tear as he keeps NMH in the game by attacking the rim and making shoots. Aaron Falzon didn’t have the best shooting night, but was able to find ways to score the basketball by attacking the rim off the dribble to finish with 14 pts.
Donavon Mitchell was a bright spot for Brewster; he was in full attack mood from the start of the game. Mitchell made the three pointer as well as made mouth-dropping moves to the rim, he finished with 17 pts. Jared Terrell has been in full swing for quite sometime now, he has been as consistent as he has ever been this season. Terrell used his arsenal of moves to finish with 16 pts. Devonte’ Graham 13 pts and Isaac Copeland 11 pts 11 rbs.
New Hampton (NH) 85 St. Thomas Moore (CT) 74
St. Thomas More lead by five early on; the Huskies took control of the rest of the first half, taking their biggest lead of the first going into the break with a 41-30 lead. In the second half, New Hampton never relinquished the lead, but withstood multiple runs by St. Thomas More, who pulled within 4 at one point. Down the stretch, though, the Huskies were able to get the necessary stops. Tory Miller led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Elijah Bryant added 16, and Mike LeBlanc hit five threes on his way to 15 points.
Brewster Academy vs. New Hampton School 5:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC AAA title.
Kimball Union Academy (NH) 61 Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) 37
This was a rematch, which took place Feb. 17 WMA beat KUA at home and managed to secure the higher seed going into the playoffs.
The match up of Abdul Malik Abu & Goodluck Okonoboh where what the fans all came to see, two highly ranked prospects going head to head. KUA took an early lead, and never looked backed, as the wildcats where clicking on all cylinders. Taking a 31-18 lead at halftime. 2015 guard Crew Ainge played a vital role making shots and defending.
Abdul Malik Abu would go on to dominate the game on both ends finishing with 16 pts 10 rbs and 4 blk shoots, while guard Malcolm Brent tacked on 14 of his own. Ainge, as well as Oliver Tot who has been playing his best basketball since entering the stats each tallied 11 points in the KUA win.
Okonoboh was up to his old tricks changing and blocking shoot, as well as competing he finished with 12 points, 10 rbs, Max Hoetzel tallied 10 for WMA
Cushing Academy (MA) 67 St. Andrews (RI) 64
A rematch of last years AA finals, Cushing visited St Andrews winner would earn its right to play in this year’s final. Chancellor Ellis was on fire from behind the arch for St Andrews School, Henry Bolton keeps St Andrews hopes alive by attacking and playing hard nose defense. Kaleb Joseph finished with 13 pts while Idris Taquee fin shied with 12 pts, 12 rbs, Jalen Adams was his usual self finishing with 20 pts while scoring in every way imaginable. Down by 4 with 30 seconds left Joseph hits a big 3 pointer to bring Cushing within arms reach, Cushing fouls St Andrews who missed both free-throws. Joseph last second drive comes up short as Jalen Adams saves the day with a put back layup, which gives Cushing the lead and the eventual, win as they move onto the finals.
Kimball Union Academy vs. Cushing Academy 3:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC AA title.
Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) 67 Buckingham Browne & Nichols 50
Hotchkiss School (CT) 62 Trinity-Pawling School (NY) 58
Hotchkiss School (CT) vs. Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) 1:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC A title.
Class B, C, D Championship games @ Clark University (MA)
Brooks School vs. Cheshire Academy (CT) 3:30pm Clark University for the NEPSAC B title.
Greens Farms Academy (CT) vs. Hyde School (CT) 1:30pm Clark University for the NEPSAC C title.
Boston Trinity (MA) vs. Chase Collegiate (CT) 11:30am Clark University for the NEPSAC D title.