NEPSAC Crowns Champions
The NEPSAC held championship triple-headers at both Rhode Island College and Wheaton College on Sunday with the A, AA & AAA champions being crowned live on CoxHub from Providence.
The action got underway at 1pm in a match-up of the two programs that had combine to win the last three Class A championships - Phillips Exeter Academy and Williston Northampton School. This one proved to be as good of a game as advertised and came down to the very last shot before Williston was able to capture their second consecutive title in large part due to the efforts of Jake Ross and Chris Hudson.
The Class AA final also matched the top two seeds as Vermont Academy squared off against Cushing Academy. Ultimately though, this game came down to one player as Bruce Brown was dominant from start to finish in almost every facet of the game. He finished with 35 points but was equally impactful on the glass and the defensive end of the floor in leading Vermont to the championship.
The nightcap featured Northfield Mount Hermon School against St. Thomas More School. NMH came out of the gates on fire with a 17-4 run but STM chipped away for the next 15 minutes. Sophomore Nate Laszewski had a breakout performance, dropping 7 threes and earning MVP honors, will the senior tandem of Ian Sistare and A.J. Brodeur were equally impactful in leading NMH to their second Class AAA championship.
The NEPSAC also crowned champions in Class B, C & D on Sunday with that triple-header taking place at Wheaton College. The Brooks School overcame injuries to cut down the nets in a 63-42 win behind an MVP performance from Ikenna Ndugba.
In Class C, St. Luke's held off the Pingree School in overtime behind the MVP performance of Walter Whyte.
SLS is the 2016 New England Class C Champion! pic.twitter.com/nchJ8qMVQB— St. Luke's Hoops (@SLSHoopsCT) March 6, 2016
In Class D, Storm King took the championship in a 60-57 decision ovr Bancroft. Elijah Barnett was named MVP.
NEPSAC Champions - Storm King defeats Bancroft 60-57. Elijah Barnett tournament MVP. pic.twitter.com/TzEsoAcnch— Storm King School (@stormkingschool) March 6, 2016