Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New England Prep AA+ Top Ten

Nerlens Noel made the Hoophall All-Tournament 1st Team
NEPSAC Class AA + Ind - 1/12/12
1.Tilton (14-3) - Wayne Selden led with 30 and Georges Niang had 27 on Saturday as Tilton earned a tough 90-86 win over the new-look Notre Dame Prep War Plane.  Then on Saturday, the Rams dropped a tough one to Brewster in what was probably the most exciting, action-packed game of the weekend at the Hoophall.  Nerlens Noel was absolutely sensational and made a best-player in the country-type statement in dropping 22 points, swatting 7 shots while holding Mitch McGary to 3 points.  Tilton still gets one more crack at Brewster as the arch-rivals will face off again on Monday, February 20th at 4pm.  As for Tilton's next game, the Rams will travel to the Catamount State on Wednesday to take on Vermont Academy.

2) St Marks (14-2) - The Lions registered three wins in three days over the weekend to move to 14-2 on the season.  They won on Friday by a large margin over Roxbury Latin and then defeated Beaver Country Day handily on Saturday.  Next, on Sunday, St Marks took down Amile Jefferson's Friends Central HS ball-club out of Philly in impressive fashion at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, winning by a final score of 67-57.  Kaleb Tarczewski played to rave reviews from the head honchos on press row as he led the way with 22 while Nik Stauskas had 16 and Jaymie Spears added 15.

3) Putnam Science (11-3) - The Mustangs are red hot and have now won six straight games after they registered three wins over the holiday weekend.  On Friday, PSA rolled over Marianapolis in a crosstown-showdown by a score of 66-37.  On Saturday, the 'Stangs traveled to Boston where they won big over Brimmer & May at the BABC Prep Classic.  Then, on Monday, Putnam earned their 3rd Triple AAA-win of the season as they prevailed 86-72 over Maine Central Institute in a game in which Dayshon Smith led the way with 25 points and 8 assists.  Also for PSA, Shaun Lawton added 20 and Oscar Assie compiled 16 and 8 boards. *PSA senior wing Shaun Lawton is having a break-out season and folks that matter are noticing as Lawton was offered a full-ride by the University of Maine over the weekend.

4) Wilbraham and Monson (11-4) -  Wilbraham & Monson split two this weekend, beating Marianapolis at the BABC Prep Classic by a score of 60-53 on Saturday behind 18 points from senior guard Maodo Lo and then losing a 71-60 affair to St Thomas More on Sunday at the Hoophall.  Both Jaylen Brantley and Kamali Bey made the Hoophall Local All-Tournament Team.

4) Cushing Academy(9-2) - After dropping two straight to Tilton and Putnam Science, the Penguins got back on track this weekend with a 65-63 overtime win over Kimball Union on Saturday.  Kaleb Joseph led the charge with a line of 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists while Andrew Chrabascz was the high scorer with 17.  Also for Cushing, Tyler McFarland went for a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Treavan Duffy had a nice game with 14 and 6.

6) St Andrews (13-4) - Cedric Kuakumensah won the MVP as St A's went 3-0 in Canadian territory to take down the Championship at the Snowball Classic up in British Colombia.

7) Vermont Academy (9-4) - Jesse Bopp's club won two easy ones over the weekend: they'll be back in the tank tomorrow when Tilton comes to town.

8) Kimball Union (10-3) - KUA fell to Cushing in OT over the weekend: they have a big one coming up on Friday against Vermont Academy.

9) Worcester Academy (6-5) - The Hilltoppers lost 64-49 to Northfield Mount Hermon on Sunday at the BABC Prep Classic in Boston.  Rene Castro was the leading scorer for WA with 14 while Andrew Scocca went crazy eights in points and rebounds.  Worcester next takes the floor on Friday when they travel to Southborough to play St Marks.

10) Marianapolis (8-7) - Lost to Putnam Science on Friday, WMA on Saturday, and Winchendon on Monday.  MP will look to turn it around this week when they'll get another shot at Wilbraham.

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