Sunday, December 18, 2011

State of the Union Address: NEPSAC AA+

Tilton comfortable on top of Mount AA - Photo: Five-Star
AA+ Independents Top 10 headin' into Christmas  
1) Tilton (8-2) After defeating St Marks on Friday, Tilton ran away from Hotchkiss on Saturday behind 30 from Georges Niang, 18 from Goodluck Okonoboh, and 14 from Wayne Selden.  Through ten games, this team has been as good as advertised and the jury is still out about whether anyone in Class AA will be able to challenge the Rams.

2) St Marks (6-1) - Kaleb Tarczewski led the way with 29 and Nick Stauskas added 19 as St Marks rebounded from a loss to Tilton on Friday to take down Vermont Academy by a score of 72-56.  St Marks heads into the holidays with a record of 6-1.  They'll get another chance at Tilton down the line...

3) Cushing Academy (7-0) - Head Coach Barry Connors has seen his club pass every test thus far this season.  The egg nog will taste good for the Penguins through the holidays, then, the tests will continue when the calendar flips.

4) Marianapolis (6-1) - With their only defeat coming against a high-powered Bridgton squad, Marianapolis is a physical club that will be a handful on the other side of the New Year's Ball.

5) Vermont Academy (5-3) - Not very deep, especially down-low, but if their 1st 7 can cohesively gel, they have the talent to play with anyone.

6) Wilbraham & Monson (7-2) - Jaylen Brantley seems to have the Titans Machine humming going into break.  Does WMA have enough down-low to contend with the Double-A Top Dogs??  We shall see...

7) St Andrews (6-2) - Looked good this weekend sweeping two games at their holiday tourney.  If they can get consistent scoring production for the wings, they can compete at the top.

8) Putnam Science Academy (6-3) - Shaun Lawton is probably the breakout player of the year so far in New England.  On Saturday, he continued his early season surge with 29 points to lead the Mustangs to a big 60-56 win over South Kent.

9) Worcester Academy (4-4) - Rene Castro has been outstanding early on..Jamie Sullivan's squad should be dangerous as the roster meshes.

10) Kimball Union (8-2) - They have a tough interior combination in Abdul Malik-Abu + Jesse Chuku and a nice stable of wings, but does KUA have enough in the back-court to get it done in the dense forest?

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