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NEPSAC AAA + IND Top Ten - 1/16/121. Brewster Academy (14-0) - The Brew Crew blew out MCI on Friday night to improve to 13-0 on Friday the 13th; then, yesterday, the Bobcats defeated Tilton 57-53 behind 25 points from FSU-bound scoring guard Aaron Thomas to remain perfect at 14-0. Best squad in the country. A joy to watch play, they go at it 110mph every time.
2. Northfield Mount Hermon (15-1) - The Hoggers got two big wins over the weekend, beating St Thomas More 90-84 on Friday and then earning a victory over Worcester Academy yesterday in Boston at the BABC Prep Classic. In the win over STM, Evan Cummins had a monster 21 point-13 rebound game to lead the way while Spike Albrecht finished with 18 points + 10 assists and Sam Donahue threw in 15. In the win over Worcester, Ethan O'Day led with 13 points + 8 rebounds, while Albrecht dropped 13 & Cummins had 10 points + 7 boards.
3. South Kent (9-4) - With a blow-out win over Leadership Academy yesterday, Kelvin Jefferson's squad has now won four straight to start 2012 and appear back on track to contend come trophy time.
4. Notre Dame Prep ( 11-6) - Lost a tight one to Tilton on Saturday and then got a nice win over New Hampton yesterday at the Hoophall. With big man Steven Adams the real deal & paired with the 3-headed back-court monster of Filer, Davis and Cassell, Ryan Hurd has one of the best squads in America.
5. New Hampton (12-4) - The Huskies didn't play their best basketball yesterday in their loss to Notre Dame Prep. They'll look to get back on track on the road as they head to Maine this week to play MCI.
6. St Thomas More (10-2) - Lost to NMH on Friday and then earned a win over Wilbraham & Monson yesterday at the Hoophall. With their stable of guards and a colossus in the middle in Chier Ajou, STM is very dangerous, but don't underestimate the impact of 6'7 forward Stu McEwn's mid-season departure for Old Dominion. During the first part of the season, McEwn was STM's best post-defender and his three-point shooting ability drew opposing shot blockers away from the basket, thus opening the lane up for AJ English, Torin Childs-Harris and co.
7. Bridgton Academy (12-5) - The Bridg will play their first game of the new year tomorrow against Holderness.
8. Maine Central Institute (6-7) - Lost big to Brewster on Friday; they'll look to even their record today when they play Putnam Science.
9. Lee Academy (15-6) - The Pandas were off this weekend after falling to MCI during the week. They'll play a big one against Putnam Science on Friday.
10. Winchendon (6-8) - After holding their own against Tilton during the week, Winch earned a nice win over Marianapolis yesterday at the BABC Prep Classic. They go right back into the shark tank on Wednesday when they face NMH.