Kent Takes Western New England Title
The Kent School put the punctuation mark on a terrific season on Saturday by knocking off Wilbraham & Monson Academy 58-36 to take the championship of the Western New England League.
Kent won the title on their home floor as they hosted the championship game by virtue of being the higher of the two seeds.
They entered this week’s field as the second seed and knocked off #7 Avon Old Farms on Wednesday by a score of 78-69 and then third seeded Suffield on Friday 70-49. Fourth seeded Wilbraham blew past #5 Cheshire in the opening round 86-55 and then knocked off top seed Taft on the road Friday 57-54.
The championship game went back and forth in the early going, although Kent faced some early adversity when both of their starting big men, Theodore Boyomo and Stefon Williams, picked up their second fouls.
Kent head coach Jason Coulombe would work both players in and out for the remainder of the half, but ultimately Kent was able to take the momentum into the locker room after closing the half with a 14-1 run.
Wilbraham struck first blood in the second but Gary Ricks Jr. stepped up to make some big shots to stem the tide and push the Kent lead to the mid teens. Darian Hooker took over down the stretch as Kent would spread the floor to work the clock and put the ball in their veteran guard’s hands.
Boyomo was the team’s defensive anchor throughout the game as he blocked 5 or 6 shots according to Coach Coulombe and changed several numerous others.
“Theodore’s knees finally got healthy in the last month or so and he was as dominant as he has ever been [in the championship game],” Coulombe said.
J.J. Jablonski also continued to give the team a boost, making shots from the perimeter and offering his typical wide range of toughness plays.
After opening the season with a 5-3 record, Kent has been on a team on a tear since mid-January, winning 15 of their 17 final games of the season, culminating with the Western New England championship.