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Brewster Academy rallies past New Hampton 68-63 to win NEPSAC AAA title

Tourney MVP Donovan Mitchell (15 points) made four straight free throws in the last twenty seconds to ice the win for Brewster Academy

Tourney MVP Donovan Mitchell (15 points) made four straight free throws in the last twenty seconds to ice the win for Brewster Academy

Elijah Bryant (18 points) lit up Brewster for sixteen of those points in the first half

Elijah Bryant (18 points) lit up Brewster for sixteen of those points in the first half

(Beverly MA)  Brewster Academy (30-2) scored all the points (seven) in the last two minutes and won their second straight NEPSAC AAA title defeating New Hampton School, 68-63, at Endicott College on Sunday night.

Donovan Mitchell was named MVP although a very strong case could have been for teammates Devonte Graham or Jared Terrell qualifying for that honor.

New Hampton, led by Elijah Bryant (18 points), built up a big lead (sixteen points) in the early going and it wasn’t until the six minute mark of the second half that Brewster was able to catch up.

The Huskies went into the last two minutes of regulation with a 63-61 edge but were shut out the rest of the way.  A three by Devonte Graham (15 points) and four straight free throws on one-and-ones by Donovan Mitchell (15 points) pushed the Bobcats even and then on to the title.

With the loss the Huskies (22-8) had a ten-game winning streak ended.  They had faced Brewster twice during the regular season and lost 81-72 and 78-54.

Brewster coach Jason Smith watches the action

Brewster coach Jason Smith watches the action

That history made New Hampton’s rousing start so surprising.  The Huskies rattled off nine straight at the outset and had a 23-7 spread after eight minutes.  BA coach Jason Smith went through two timeouts before things settled down for the Bobcats.

Down 38-27, BA put a nine-point package together (six points from Isaac Copeland) and closed to, 40-36, at the half.

Knowing the history of the two previous matchups between the teams I figured BA would quickly take the lead in the second half and pull away.  That’s not how it went.

A couple of jams by impressive Tory Miller had NHS up by seven (46-39) before Brewster’s dynamic Jared Terrell (14 points) took over.  The Oklahoma State commit hit two free throws before exciting the full house with a dunk and then a steal and another dunk.  BA was now within one but the lead still eluded them.

Mike LeBlanc (#23) takes a charge

Mike LeBlanc (#23) takes a charge

It took a driving layup by Isaac Copeland (Georgetown commit) to put the Bobcats finally in front, 55-54, with six minutes left.

New Hampton, however, refused to go away.  A layup by Tory Miller (14 points) and a three from Mike LeBlanc (10 points) sent the Huskies to a, 63-61, advantage with two minutes left.

That made it a two-minute game for the title.  NHS came up empty with a turnover and a missed layup (Aubrey Dawkins) to show for two of their possessions in the crucial last minutes.

Devonte Graham’s three gave Brewster the lead for good and Donovan Mitchell’s four free throws iced the title.

Jared Terrell (14 points) finishes a dunk

Jared Terrell (14 points) finishes a dunk

Brewster has now won nineteen straight.  They had two losses in December (St. Thomas More & Sunrise Christian) but have been clean otherwise.

Brewster had to defeat Northfield Mount Hermon to reach this year’s finals.  NHS needed to get past Bridgton Academy and St. Thomas More to get there.

Brewster Academy box

New Hampton School box

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Isaac Copeland and Max Twyman

Isaac Copeland and Max Twyman

Brewster Academy celebrates

Brewster Academy celebrates

Elijah Bryant, Tyler Lydon, Mike LeBlanc

Elijah Bryant, Tyler Lydon, Mike LeBlanc

Jared Terrell

Jared Terrell

Devonte Graham

Devonte Graham

Tory Miller (14 points) gets loose in close

Tory Miller (14 points) gets loose in close

Donovan Love gets two

Donovan Love gets two

Isaac Copeland goes for the block on Aubrey Dawkins

Isaac Copeland goes for the block on Aubrey Dawkins

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Brewster Academy knocks off undefeated Northfield Mount Hermon 76-69

Devonte Graham led all scorers with twenty-one points

Devonte Graham led all scorers with twenty-one points

Kevin Zabo floats in for two

Kevin Zabo floats in for two

(Wolfeboro NH)  Brewster Academy dropped Northfield Mount Hermon from the undefeated ranks, 76-69, in NEPSAC action on a very foggy Saturday afternoon in New Hampshire.

This game got away from NMH (10-1) during a 6-minute segment in which the Bobcats (12-2) ran sixteen unanswered points.  During this surge the 27-26 Hoggers’ lead (with 4:12 left in the first half) turned into a 41-27 deficit two minutes into the second half.

The home team had the lead up to nineteen (70-51) with 4+ minutes left before some lights-out shooting by Jackson Donahue (15 points) resulted in a more respectable final score.

The speed of BA was the difference in this game.  Devonte Graham (21 points) led numerous Brewster man-advantage breaks that ended up with a host of high-percentage shots.  Even when NMH scored Devonte broke out a number of times with teammates Jared Terrell (13 points) and Donovan Mitchell (9 points).

NMH was able to stay in the game early (despite ten turnovers) thanks to junior Aaron Falzon.  6-8 Aaron ended up with nineteen points but had fifteen of them in the first half including three 3’s.

Daquon Ervin (15 points) on the break

Daquon Ervin (15 points) on the break

NMH guard Daquon Ervin finished with fifteen points with eleven of those coming in the second half.

Good crowd of students on hand.

Both teams had their share of entertaining dunks in this one.  Less entertaining was the free throw shooting.  Brewster was 23-for-36 while Northfield Mount Hermon was 14-for-25.  What shot (24 misses!) is apparently practiced the least??

A number of Brewster Academy players have made college commitments: Isaac Copeland (Georgetown), Jared Terrell (Oklahoma State), Max Twyman (Albany), and Kevin Zabo (San Diego State).

Brewster Academy box

Northfield Mount Hermon box

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Josh Sharma dunks

Josh Sharma dunks

Jase Harrison

Jase Harrison

Sem Kroon

Sem Kroon

Aaron Falzon (19 points) and Jared Terrell (13 points)

Aaron Falzon (19 points) and Jared Terrell (13 points)

Isaac Copeland double-teamed

Isaac Copeland double-teamed

Jerone Desrosiers guards Jared Terrell

Jerone Desrosiers guards Jared Terrell

Jarred Reuter heavily defended

Jarred Reuter heavily defended

Jonah Bolden (5) looks for a pass

Jonah Bolden (5) looks for a pass

Brewster Academy crowd

Brewster Academy crowd

Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell

Isaac Copeland

Isaac Copeland

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Brewster Academy defeats St. Thomas More School 77-75 in overtime to win NEPSAC Class AAA title

Brewster Academy - NEPSAC Class AAA 2012-13 champs

Brewster Academy – NEPSAC Class AAA 2012-13 champs

(Beverly) This one stretched the legal limits for excitement. Ask anyone watching at packed Endicott College on Sunday afternoon.

Brewster Academy rallied in overtime and defeated St. Thomas More School, 77-75, to win the NEPSAC Class AAA championship.

#1 seed St. Thomas dominated the first half leading, 36-28, after twenty minutes.  It only took #3 seed Brewster 3 ½ minutes of second half action to catch the Chancellors, 37-37, on a Chris McCullough jam.

During the rest of the second half, there were eight lead changes and plenty for the fans from both teams to get revved up about.  In fact, four of the lead changes were in the last 1 ½ minutes of regulation!

Martez Harrison shoots a second free throw with 2.6 seconds left in regulation

Martez Harrison shoots a second free throw with 2.6 seconds left in regulation

Brewster’s Martez Harrison drew a foul with 2.6 seconds left in regulation and the Bobcats down, 68-67.  He made the first and missed the second forcing a five minute overtime.

In OT, STM pushed ahead by three on three occasions (71-68, 73-70, and 75-72 with 1:15 left).  But Brewster rallied back each time.

After Chris McCullough drained two free throws, the Bobcats were down by one, 75-74.  STM’s next two possessions were turnovers and cost them the championship.  In the first one, the Chancellors held the ball for a while and then couldn’t even get a shot getting whistled for a shot-clock violation.

Ron Patterson answered with the shot that won him the MVP trophy afterwards.  He drove in from the right and hit a jump shot in the lane to give BA a one-point lead (76-75) with fourteen seconds left.

Plenty of time for TMS to respond but miscue #2 (travel by Amadi Udenyi) messed up that chance.

John Edwards made one-of-two free throws for BA with 3.2 seconds remaining.

Chris Walters fires the last STM shot in overtime

Chris Walters fires the last STM shot in overtime

Chris Walters heave at the buzzer was wide right and BA had the championship.

Gabe Levin (20 points) led all scorers.  If you’re looking for a quick reason why St. Thomas More lost, Gabe’s foul trouble comes to mind.  Gabe picked up his 4th foul with 11 ½ minutes left in regulation and lost minutes there.  Then he fouled out at the very end of regulation setting up Martez Harrison’s two free throws.  To say that STM could have used 6-7 Gabe in OT is an understatement for sure.

Martez Harrison (13 points) tallied all his points after halftime.  He went to the basket twice in the last thirty-five seconds of regulation and came away with a layup on the first and the foul shot that tied the score in regulation in the second.

Jared Terrell (18 points)

Jared Terrell (18 points)

Jared Terrell (18 points) was BA’s top scorer followed by Elijah Macon and Martez Harrison with 13 points each.

Guards Duane Notice (19 points) and Marquis Moore (18 points) had only three three’s between them.  They got their points on drives in traffic and foul shots.

Brewster had six dunks during the game and plenty of highlight dunks before the game.

The Chancellors missed nine free throws and the Bobcats eight.

St. Thomas was down, 8-6, before putting a 14-1 segment together and getting up, 20-9, with 9:42 left.  Duane Notice and Marquis Moore had long ones during this run.

The Chancellor margin increased to, 29-18, with Dylan Haines and Marquis sinking consecutive 3’s.

The Bobcats came all the way back early in the second half and excitement enveloped the attendees the rest of the way.

MVP Ron Patterson (11 points) defended by Dylan Haines

MVP Ron Patterson (11 points) defended by Dylan Haines

The partisans on both sides were active from beginning to end.  Good job by the Endicott staff to keep things from getting out of hand.

Brewster Academy (30-5) is located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  I saw the Bobcats lose to Noah Vonleh and his New Hampton Prep team at BA in December.

St. Thomas More School is in Oakdale, Connecticut.  It’s north of New London.

Brewster Boxscore

St. Thomas More Boxscore

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Martez Harrison

Martez Harrison

Marquis Moore goes in where shots are blocked

Marquis Moore goes in where shots are blocked

MVP Ron Patterson afterwards

MVP Ron Patterson afterwards

Duane Notice (19 points) gets in for two

Duane Notice (19 points) gets in for two

water containers exit

water containers exit

Chris McCullough pushes Gabe Levin (20 points)

Chris McCullough pushes Gabe Levin (20 points)

Marquis Moore (18 points)

Marquis Moore (18 points)

St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn

St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn

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New Hampton School downs Brewster Academy 66-58 in boys basketball

Travis Jorgenson (3) led New Hampton School with sixteen points

Travis Jorgenson (3) led New Hampton School with sixteen points

Noah Vonleh (14 points) defends Chris McCullough (18 points)

Noah Vonleh (14 points) defends Chris McCullough (18 points)

(Wolfeboro NH) New Hampton School (6-1) jumped all over Brewster Academy (5-3) in the first half and that carried  the visitors to a, 66-58, win on Wednesday night at Brewster Academy.

Part of the first-half breakaway was an 18-2 run by the Huskies that turned a Bobcat lead (4-2) into a Bobcat deficit (20-6) after eight minutes played.

Travis Jorgenson (16 points) had two three’s and two assists in that important NHS surge.

A Brewster timeout and some loud-volume instruction/correction from Coach Jason Smith steadied things for a while.  But before the half ended New Hampton ran nine straight and were up, 35-14, with three minutes left in the half.

Lincoln Davis (15 points) gets to the basket

Lincoln Davis (15 points) gets to the basket

Lincoln Davis (15 points) was key in that run with a layup, a converted rebound and two free throws.

NHS led 37-19 at halftime.

I suspect that the halftime chatter in the BA locker room was mostly about playing better defense.  And that’s what we saw……..and it worked as the Bobcats started 10-2 in the first 6 ½ minutes to close to ten – 39-29.  All five baskets were layups.

Later, the home team lowered the Bobcats’ lead to 54-45 (with 6 ½ minutes left) on two free throws by Kyle Washington (5 points) and a runner in the lane by Martez Harrison (10 points).

But back came point guard Travis Jorgenson with an end-to-end layup, followed by a back-breaking Noah Vonleh three.  The quick five-spot pushed the Huskies’ margin into the comfort zone (59-45) with 5 ½ minutes to go.

BA closed strongly (10-2) riding a couple of three’s by Ron Patterson (10 points) but there just wasn’t enough time or stops to get all the way back.

Chris McCullough (18 points) paced Brewster.  Among those points was a crowd-pleasing jam late in the first half.

In the same half, Lincoln Davis had the highlight-film jam with a spectacular putback of a missed shot.  Lincoln is listed at 6-2 but believe me he plays a lot taller!

Martez Harrison and Travis Jorgenson

Martez Harrison and Travis Jorgenson

The key player for New Hampton School?  No question to me that it was Travis Jorgenson.  The 6-foot playmaker was able to handle the ball under relentless man-to-man pressure with few turnovers.  He also broke down the tight defense numerous times for scores or for layups for teammates.

This was my first look at Noah Vonleh (14 points).  Noah (6-9) is committed to Indiana.  I was impressed.  He didn’t force his offense and he could handle the ball if Travis needed an outlet.  His passing was sound enough that Coach Pete Hutchins had Noah inbounding the ball against pressure.

Noah did get into a one-on-one moment with 6-9 Chris McCullough on one possession from above the key.  It didn’t end well for Noah as Chris picked his pocket and led a fast break.

Noah did have the game’s biggest shot in my opinion when he drained his only three to put NHS ahead, 59-45, with 5 ½ minutes left.

Tory Miller (12 points) scored eight of them in the second half.  He tipped in teammate Mike LeBlanc’s missed free throw late in the game.

Good crowd on hand to see these New Hampshire rivals.

Last time I was at Brewster the place was packed as the Bobcats faced, and defeated, Tilton.  I’m still trying to get over seeing Nerlens Noel as a 6-11 point guard in that game.  I don’t think we’ll be seeing much of that happening at Kentucky!

Brewster gets another chance with New Hampton at New Hampton on January 16th (5PM).  It might be worth a look.

Brewster has several players committed to D1 colleges: Ron Patterson and Chris McCullough (Syracuse), John Edwards (UNH), Kyle Washington (North Carolina State), and Elijah Macon (West Virginia).

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Travis Jorgenson (6 foot) and Chris McCullough (6-9)

Travis Jorgenson (6 foot) and Chris McCullough (6-9)

loose ball

loose ball

Martez Harrison defended by Cole McConnell

Martez Harrison defended by Cole McConnell

Jared Terrell

Jared Terrell

Brewster Academy crowd

Brewster Academy crowd

Elijah Macon in heavy Huskie defense

Elijah Macon in heavy Huskie defense

Mike LeBlanc

Mike LeBlanc

Chris McCullough

Chris McCullough

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Brewster Academy continues undefeated (28-0) with a narrow 60-56 win over Tilton School

Aaron Johnson (19 points) readies himself for the front end of a one-and-one with five seconds left. He made both pressure free throws.

Georges Niang had 32 points for Tilton School.

(Wolfeboro NH) An exciting game between two prep powerhouses came down to the last minute with Brewster Academy hanging on for a 60-56 win over Tilton School on Monday afternoon.

One thing these teams don’t do often is lose.  The Bobcats are undefeated (28-0) with a game left at Bridgton Academy before heading into the NEPSAC tournament.

The Rams (24-4) have now lost three times to Brewster this season.  Once was in overtime (December 10th) and then there was this last-minute one.  Both of the tough losses were in games played at Brewster.

Georges Niang (Iowa State) nearly carried Tilton to victory.  Georges tallied thirty-two, getting sixteen in each half.  He had the ball in his hands late in the last minute trailing 58-56.  Everyone paying attention knew Georges would attempt a shot.  Aaron Thomas (Florida State) was able to deflect the 3-point shot and control the loose ball.

Later Aaron was at the foul line shooting 1-and-1 with five seconds left and a 2-point lead. The 6-4 guard hit both, sealing the game for Brewster.

6-11 point guard Nerlens Noel heads for the hoop defended by Joe Bramanti

Tilton started slowly and fell back by ten after six minutes (16-6).  With 6-11 Nerlens Noel and his 7+ blocks per game parked in the defensive lane it was shocking to see four Brewster jams (2 each by Aaron Thomas and Jalen Reynolds) among the eight Bobcat scores.

The early read was a long game in front of an overflow crowd for the visitors.  They had a sizable group of fans with them as well.  The Rams were behind, 34-27, at halftime.

The second half gave both sections of supporters plenty to cheer about as there were six lead changes.

A jumper by Nerlens Noel and three straight inside scores by Georges Niang gave Tilton its first lead, 35-34, just 3+ minutes into the second half.

The Rams would get their largest lead (52-47) with 8 ½ minutes left on four free throws and a Domonique Bull (Missouri) layup.

Brewster won the game during the next six minutes causing four turnovers and putting up eleven points.  Tilton had a tip in (Goodluck Okonoboh) but that was it.

The winning basket resulted from a steal by Joe Bramanti.  He took off for a layup which he missed but Jakarr Sampson was there for the putback to give Brewster a 58-54 lead with 2:15 left.

Tilton could only get a layup (and a missed free throw) from Nerlens Noel thereafter while Brewster had the clutch free throws from Aaron Thomas at the very end.

Aaron Thomas (19 points) was the star at the end with seven of the Bobcats last ten points.

Mitch McGary tangled in the post with Nerlens Noel

6-9 Mitch McGary (Michigan) ended with twelve points while JaKarr Sampson had eleven including nine in the second half.

6-7 Georges Niang proved that he can hit from anywhere.  The Tilton bench was begging for a timeout late in their last possession which wasn’t seen.  Maybe a timeout and some organized offense could have gotten Georges a more open last shot.

Nerlens Noel was the biggest point guard I’ve ever seen.  I suspect that having someone 6-11 at the point had everything to do with making sure he was able to get back and defend against Brewster’s fleet of speedsters ready to get out on fastbreaks.  Nerlens did have three blocks and discouraged a few penetrators from even trying a shot from in close.  He hasn’t chosen a college yet but plenty of big ones including Syracuse, Providence, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, and Louisville among others have strong interest in him.

Wayne Selden of Tilton was inactive from a high ankle sprain that has sidelined him for two weeks.

I saw Joe Bramanti play for Andover (MA) in a loss last year at Andover to Central Catholic.

Tilton will not face Brewster in the NEPSAC tourney because they are in AA.  They have won the New England title in that class in each of the past four years.  Don’t bet against them this time around either.

The crowd was huge.  I overheard a veteran Brewster school official say that they’d never seen anything like it.  And this was on a Monday afternoon (4PM)!

Brewster Academy boxscore

Tilton School boxscore

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Domonique Bull (Missouri)

Mitch McGary (Michigan)

Jakarr Sampson among shot blockers

Nerlens Noel

Brewster crowd at the end of the game

Semaj Christon (Xavier)

TJ Warren (NC State)

action above the rim

Georges Niang (Iowa State)

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