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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

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge is you click on them.)

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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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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