Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Brewster vs Tilton RD 3 nearin' tip-off

Floor General Semaj Christon has guided Brewster to 27 straight
Brewster lookin' to Shoot the Moon
- The Spaceship is back from exile just in time to prepare for the start of Post-Season Madness in New England.  Over the next week, we'll take a look at a number of squads who are serious threats to make a run at a Trophy.  First up...the undefeated Brewster Academy Bobcats.   Two weekends back, the Brew Crew defeated two thoroughbreds in New Hampton and NMH. Then, last Wednesday, they took down St Thomas More by a score of 92-74 behind 22pts from TJ Warren, 19 from Jakarr Sampson, 12pts + 8 dimes + 4 steals from Semaj Christon, 14 pts + 8rebs from Jalen Reynolds, and 13pts from Aaron Thomas. The Bobcats followed up the win over the Chancellors with a 94-69 win over Winchendon in the semis of the New Hampton Invitational in a game in which Warren again led the scoring with 24, Christon had 17pts + 5 assists + 5 steals, Reynolds had 16pts + 8 boards, Sampson finished with 14pts, and Thomas doubled up with 11pts + 10 boards. In the NHI Final on Saturday, Brewster faced host New Hampton and came away with a 76-42 victory behind 18pts from Thomas, 13pts from Mitch McGary, and 12 pts + 12rebs from Jalen Reynolds. Brewster is now 27-0 on the season heading into today's clash with Tilton and then they'll finish up their regular season on Wednesday against Bridgton. This Bobcats Club is the most talented team New England will see in a long, long time.  Can they close the deal and shoot the moon?  We shall see...

Thursday, February 16, 2012


The Streak: Rene Castro had 38 yesterday; 30pts-plus Ripken now at 5
 NEPSAC AA: Exciting parity in the middle
1) Tilton (23-3) - Won 65-56 on the road yesterday over Phillips Exeter behind 21pts from George's Niang, 18 from Nerlens Noel, and 12 from Kevin Crescenzi.  The Rams will face Holderness on Friday before Brewster Round #3 in Wolfeboro on Monday. 

2) St Marks (20-2) - Cruise-control continues for Dave Lubick's squad as the Lions have won by 20 points or more in six straight games after they throttled Nobles yesterday by a score of 75-39.  St Marks will play two on the road this weekend as they'll face Marianapolis tomorrow and St George's on Saturday. 

3) Kimball Union (17-4) - After getting a blow-out win over Hebron Academy last Saturday, the Wildcats beat Proctor Academy in similar fashion yesterday behind 20 points from Jesse Chuku and 15 from Devon Thomas.  KUA will face Brimmer & May on the road on Saturday. 

4) Cushing Academy (18-5) - With yesterday's big home-win over Wilbraham & Monson, the Penguins have now won six contests in a row after losing to NMH on the 1st of the month.  They'll play Phillips Exeter on the road on Saturday.

5) Vermont Academy (16-9) - Won 70-53 over the MacDuffie School last Saturday and then won 58-35 over Brimmer and May last Sunday before dropping a 75-62 decision on the road to Northfield Mount Hermon yesterday.  The Wildcats will host St Andrews on Saturday and then Holderness on Sunday. 

6) Wilbraham and Monson (18-8) - Fell victim to Worcester Academy on Saturday and then dropped another to Cushing Academy yesterday.  The Titans will square off against Lawrence Academy and the Masters School this weekend.

7) Putnam Science (18-7) - The Mustangs have won four in a row, including a big win over St Andrews last week, a victory over the MacDuffie School on Saturday, and a decision over Pompfret yesterday. 

8) St Andrews (19-6) - Rebounded from a tough loss last Friday to Putnam Science with a win on Saturday over Brimmer & May.  St A's will play Vermont Academy tomorrow and then Proctor Academy on Saturday.

9) Worcester Academy (13-9) - Rene Castro's 30-point-plus streak is now at five games as he dripped his faucet for 38 in yesterday's win over Tabor Academy.  The hard-charging Hilltoppers will play Milton Academy on Saturday.

10) Hotchkiss  (12-8) - After a dreadful start to the season, Fred Benjamin's squad has now won ten ball-games in a row to throw themselves back into the Double A Fold.  Big one coming up on Saturday as the Bearcats will host Choate.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

NEPSAC Class B Super Seven

The Pat Benzan Express: Comin' to a theater near you
Beaver back on top of Class B Hill
1) Beaver Country Day (18-2) - After back-to-back losses in mid-January to St Marks and Brooks, they've won seven straight, including nice wins over Pingree and Rivers.  The Mariners will travel to Pingree for Rd 2 today.

 2) Rivers (11-5) - Earned two impressive 15-point wins last week over Lawrence Academy and Brooks.  Big one for the Redwings today as they'll face Roxbury Latin on the road.

3) Brooks (11-5) - After winning five in a row to close January, Brooks has lost four straight games.  They'll get a chance at their first February-win today against Belmont Hill and then face Phillips Andover tomorrow.

4) Suffield (9-6)  - Earned a nice 13-point road win over Chesire Academy last week.  The Tigers will host Deerfield Academy today.

5) Roxbury Latin (13-6) - Lost to Milton Academy last Wednesday and then came back to get a 2-point weekend-win over St George's thanks to the heroics of sophomore floor-general Patrick Benzan.  Big one today for RL as they host Rivers.

6) Chesire Academy (13-4) - Rebounded from consecutive losses to Suffield and Wilbraham & Monson with a win over Williston Northhampton on Saturday.  Big weekend ahead as Kevin Kehoe's squad will play Hamden Hall on Friday and Salisbury on Saturday.

7) Canterbury (13-8) - Responded to a 4-point loss to Hotchkiss last Wednesday with weekend wins over Gunnery and Berkshire.  Don Gowan's ball-club will travel to Trinity Pawling today.


Monday, February 13, 2012

New England Prep AAA+ Top Ten

Brewster's TJ Warren named a McDonald's All-American
Carl Lewis takes AAA-baton
1. Brewster Academy (24-0) - Won 79-71 at New Hampton on Friday night and then beat Northfield Mount Hermon 87-78 on Sunday to move to 24-0 on the season.  In the win over NMH, Jakarr Sampson led the way with 20pts, Aaron Thomas had 19, Semaj Christon went for 14pts + 11 dimes, Joe Bramanti scored 13, and Jalen Reynolds put up 10pts + 5 boards.  The undefeated Bobcats will look for #25 on Wednesday when they host St Thomas More.

2. Notre Dame Prep ( 20-6) - The Crusaders remain red-hot as they bested Winchendon and then South Kent over the weekend.  Looks like Ryan Hurd's club will be dancin' at the National Prep Championships in early March.

3. New Hampton (20-6) - Lost at home to Brewster on Friday night by a score of 79-71.  The Huskies will play MCI at home tomorrow before hosting the New Hampton Invitational this weekend.

4. Northfield Mount Hermon (23-4) - Won two last week over St Thomas More and Proctor Academy before dropping a tough one to Brewster on Sunday.  The Hoggers will play Vermont Academy on Wednesday.

5. St Thomas More (23-4) - Lost 76-70 to Northfield Mount Hermon last Wednesday before defeating West Point Prep 85-76 over the weekend.  Big one tomorrow as the Chancellors get a shot at Brewster.

6. Bridgton Academy (16-9) - Lost 88-82 to Maine Central Institute last Wednesday and then beat Winchendon 81-54 yesterday.  The Wolverines will face Lee Academy on Saturday.

7. South Kent (14-9) -  Kelvin Jefferson's squad lost 79-62 to Winchendon last Wednesday and then fell 92-79 to Notre Dame Prep over the weekend.  Maine Central Institute on the docket this Wednesday.

8. Lee Academy (19-7) - The Pandas will play Hebron Academy on Wednesday and then Bridgton on Saturday.

9. Maine Central Institute (10-12) -  Registered a nice 86-81 win over Bridgton last week for their 10th win of the season.  MCI will play New Hampton tomorrow and then South Kent on Wednesday.

10. Winchendon (7-17) - After beating South Kent 79-62 last Wednesday, Winchendon fell to Notre Dame Prep and Bridgton over the weekend.  They'll host St Thomas More on Wednesday.

Friday, February 10, 2012


Donelle Munda recently took his 1st offer from Jacksonville

All-In Texas Hold 'Em in AA
1) Tilton (22-3) - On Wednesday, the Tilt scored a big win on the road as they beat Kimball Union by a score of 67-55 behind 27 points from Georges Niang, 15pts, 12rebs and 7assists from Nerlens Noel, 12pts and 7rebs from Kevin Crescenzi, and 8pts and 11rebs from Domonique Bull.  The Rams are off this weekend and will next take the floor Wednesday when they'll face Phillips Exeter Academy on the road. 

2) St Marks (18-2) - Another cruise-control win for the Lions on Wednesday as they blew out St Sebastians on the road.  Dave Lubick's club will face Governors Academy on the road tomorrow. 

3) Wilbraham and Monson (17-6) - On Wednesday, the Titans suffered a tough loss to Vermont Academy on the road.  They'll get back at it with two at home this weekend as they'll host Chesire Academy today and Worcester Academy tomorrow. 

4) Cushing Academy (15-5) -  Got a 20-point win over Proctor Academy on Wednesday.  The Penguins will play 2 home-games this weekend as they host the Masters School today & Lawrence Academy tomorrow. 

4) Kimball Union (15-4) - KUA fell to Tilton by a dozen on Wednesday despite 19pts from Jesse Chuku, 12 from Devon Thomas, and 11 from Rick Naylor.  The Wildcats will host Hebron Academy tomorrow.

4) St Andrews (19-5) -Took down Marianapolis on Wednesday after getting a win over Maine Central Institute at the NPSI on Super Bowl Sunday.  St A's will be looking for more this weekend as they face Putnam Science Academy today and Brimmer & May tomorrow.

4) Vermont Academy (14-8) -Colossal 5-point win at home on Wednesday over Wilbraham & Monson.  They'll play the Macduffie School tomorrow.

8) Putnam Science (15-7) - Won their 15th game of the season earlier in the week with a 73-42 win over Brimmer and May behind 20pts from Shaun Lawton and 13 apiece from Dayshon Smith and Keon Scott.  The Mustangs will face off against St Andrews today.

9) Worcester Academy (11-9) - Rene Castro dropped 32 points on Wednesday (Castro has now topped the 30-point mark in three straight games) as the Hilltoppers topped Phillips Exeter 64-53 on the road.  Huge contest on the docket tomorrow afternoon as WA will play at Wilbraham & Monson. 

10) Hotchkiss (8-8) - Evened their record at 8-8 on Wednesday as they won their 7th ball-game in a row with a victory over Canterbury.  They'll host Berkshire Academy today before they hit the road and play Trenton Catholic out of Jersey tomorrow. 

10) Marianapolis (9-13) - Lost on Wednesday to St Andrews.  MP will play 3 games in the next 3 days as they face Christian Heritage today, Proctor Academy tomorrow, and Hebron Academy Sunday.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

MIAA Eastern Mass D2 Dirty-Dozen

Malik James & Brighton aren't playin' around
 D2's gonna be a cage-match come tourney-time

 1.  Brighton (15-1) - A convincing win over New Mission last night coupled with a Stoughton loss to Oliver Ames propels Hugh Coleman's squad up to the top spot. 

2. North Andover (14-1) - The red-hot Scarlet Knights have won eleven in a row since losing their only game of the season to Lawrence over the holidays.

3. Stoughton (13-2) - Fell out of the top spot with a loss on Tuesday night to Oliver Ames.

4. Reading (12-3) - Made a statement to the bourgeois with a 17-point victory over Lexington at home last Friday.

5. King Philip (12-3) - After losing to Franklin last Friday night, KP rebounded on Tuesday with a revenge-victory over Mansfield.

6. New Mission (11-4) - Got beat by Brighton last night on a neutral floor at Boston Latin Academy.  Regardless, Corey McCarthy will have the Titans ready for a tourney-run.

7. Melrose (11-2?) - The Raiders have now won six in a row after they avenged a December loss to Wakefield by beating them 61-52 on Friday.

8. Wakefield (11-5) - They scored a huge win over Reading a few Fridays back, and then got easy wins over Watertown and Woburn last week before falling to Melrose on Tuesday.

9. Oliver Ames (10-5) - Huge win on Tuesday for the OA Tigers as they knocked the Stoughton Juggernaut off the Throne.
10. Beverly (10-5)
- As tourney-time approaches, the Tigers are still perched up on top of the Northeastern League's North Division.

11. Falmouth (14-1) - It's been Cape Cod Cruise-Control for Falmouth as they've currently won thirteen ball-games in a row.

12. Salem (9-4?) - The Sachems saw their six-game winning streak snapped as they lost at home to Lynn English on Tuesday.

12. Natick (10-5) - In the midst of an impressive three-game winning streak in which they've earned victories over Brookline, Braintree, and Milton, the Red & Blue find themselves on top of the Bay State Herget.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Ronnie Fernandes & Charlestown have their eye on the prize
Post-Super Bowl Mime Top 20
9) Lawrence (11-4)
10) Lowell (11-4)
11) Madison Park (13-2) 
13) Westford  Academy (13-2) 
15) Andover (11-5) 
16. Weymouth (13-2)
17. Boston Latin (13-5) 
18) Franklin (11-4)
19) Needham (11-4) 
20) Mansfield (10-6)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Joey Glynn commits to Bentley

Joey Glynn pictured above on
 Glynn set to fly with Falcons
- According to Middlesex Magic Director Mike Crotty Jr, Cardinal Spellman do-it-all senior forward Joey Glynn has committed to Bentley College, where he'll receive a full athletic scholarship to represent the Falcons on the hardwood in the NEC.  Last summer, Glynn had a terrific July running with the Middlesex Magic and subsequently received significant D1 interest, including an eventual offer from Navy earlier in the school year.  But in the end, the Spellman Star chose a  to stay close to home and play in a conference where he projects as a player who will get the chance to succeed right away.  With his commitment, Glynn joins the Cushing Academy duo of Alex Furness and Tyler McFarland in what has the making of a top-notch Class of Recruiting Class for Bentley Head Coach Jay Lawson.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Rene Castro: Dropped 34 & 35 in 2 NPSI games
 Big Double-A Slate this Wednesday
1) Tilton (21-3) - With Wayne Selden out with an ankle injury, the Rams won easily yesterday (66-48) over REDA Academy out Canada at the NPSI.  Big Class AA match-up on Wednesday as the Tilt plays on the road at Kimball Union.

2) St Marks (17-2) - The Lions won 79-56 over Thayer Academy on Saturday afternoon for their 17th victory of the season.  They'll face St Sebastians and Governor's Academy this week.

3) Wilbraham and Monson (17-5) - Lost decisively to Notre Dame Prep on Thursday.  Then, yesterday morning, the Titans avenged an early season loss to Winchendon, winning by 1-point on a 25-foot running buzzer-beater by Jaylen Brantley.  Three-game week ahead as WMA plays on the road against Vermont Academy on Wednesday before hosting Chesire Academy & Worcester Academy on Friday & Saturday.

4) Kimball Union (15-3) - Jesse Chuku finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Rick Naylor added 18 as KUA won 79-57 at home over Brimmer and May on Saturday afternoon.  The Wildcats will get a shot at the belt this Wednesday as they host Tilton.

5) Cushing Academy (14-5) - Got two dubs at the National Prep School Invitational, beating the Phelps School (PA) 74-52 on Thursday and topping New Hope (MD) 77-70 on Saturday.  The Penguins will play Proctor Academy and the Masters School this week.

6) St Andrews (16-5) - Won impressively over Maine Central Institute on Sunday at the National Prep School Invitational.

7) Vermont Academy (13-8) - Lost to Winchendon on Friday night before coming back on Saturday to get a win over REDA Prep.  Big one coming up on Wednesday as Jesse Bopp's will host WMA.

8) Putnam Science (14-7) - After losing big to Brewster Academy last Wednesday, the Mustangs rebounded with a 70-32 win over Proctor Academy over the weekend.

9) Worcester Academy (10-9) - The Hilltoppers earned a 77-70 win over Phelphs (PA) on Friday behind a 34-point eruption from junior Rene Castro and 16 from senior Olivier Paul-Betu.  Then on Sunday, they came up just short against New Hope (MD), losing by a final of 77-73 in which Castro went off again, this time for 35.  Next up for WA will be Phillips Exeter on Wednesday and then WMA on Saturday.

10) Marianapolis (9-12) - Lost on Saturday to St Johns NW Military Academy out of Wisconsin.  MP gets back at it on Wednesday when they'll play St Andrews on the road.

10) Hotchkiss (7-8) - Fred Benjamin's squad has now won six in a row since losing to South Kent on January 11th.  They'll play Canterbury on Wednesday and Berkshire Academy on Friday as they continue on their quest to get back into the Double-A Mix.

New England Prep AAA+ Top Ten

NDP's Sam Cassell Jr is one of top unsigned New England seniors
Brewster & NDP streak on
1. Brewster Academy (21-0) - After winning their 21st ball-game of the season on Friday over St Johns Northwest Military Academy out of Wisconsin, the undefeated Bobcats will host Lee Academy on Wednesday before they play at New Hampton on Friday and then at Northfield Mount Hermon next Sunday. 

2. Notre Dame Prep ( 18-6) - Careful, careful...Gandalf Adams and his henchmen are scolding hot.  This weekend, the Crusaders blew out Wilbraham and Monson, Canarias out of Spain, and La Jolla Prep on consecutive days at the National Prep School Invitational.

3. New Hampton (19-5) - Won 61-53 over ST Johns NW Military Academy on Friday before catching an 84-77 OT loss on Saturday to Canarias out of Spain.  The Huskies will go after win #20 tomorrow when they visit Proctor Academy; then, on Friday, it's Triangle of Fire Time as Brewster invades New Hampton.

4. Northfield Mount Hermon (21-3) - The Hoggers lost to Bridgton Academy by a score of 72-69 on Saturday before rebounding on Sunday with an 85-73 victory over Lawrence Academy.  Big three-game set at home this week as John Carroll's club will host St Thomas More on Wednesday, Proctor Academy on Friday, and then Brewster Academy on Sunday. 

5. St Thomas More (21-3) - Rebounded from a 1-point loss on Thursday with a blow-out win over Mont Clare Academy on Friday.  Then, yesterday, the Chancellors went up against West Wind out o Prep and came away with another blow-out win.

6. South Kent (14-7) -  Blew out La Jolla Prep on Friday by a score of 71-45 and then topped NIA Prep 62-52 on Saturday.  They'll play their next two on the road as they visit Winchendon on Wednesday and Notre Dame Prep on Sunday.

7. Bridgton Academy (18-9) - After losing at home to New Hampton last Wednesday, the Wolverines erupted for three straight wins at the NPSI, winning 67-65 over New Hope out Maryland on Friday, shocking NMH 72-69 on Saturday, and then pulling out a 56-40 win over Canarias on Sunday.  Up next for Whit Lesure's squad will be MCI on the road this Wednesday.

8. Lee Academy (19-7) - Got two nice victories over the weekend at the NPSI, winning 64-53 over the Robinson School on Friday and then clipping CJEOTO 57-54 on Saturday.  The Pandas will play at Marianapolis this Tuesday and then at Brewster on Wednesday.

9. Maine Central Institute (9-12) -  Lost a close ball-game to Westwind Prep on Saturday.  Then dropped another on Sunday to St Andrews.  Next up for the Huskies will be Bridgton on Wednesday.

10. Winchendon (7-17) - Got a nice win over Vermont Academy on Friday before losing to Mont Clare (PA) on Saturday and Wilbraham & Monson on Sunday.  This week, the Winch will host South Kent on Wednesday and then travel to Notre Dame Prep on Saturday.

Friday, February 3, 2012

NEPSAC Class A - Big Eight+

Boston University-bound John Papale & Choate are on top
 NEPSAC Class A Rankings - 2/3/12
1) Choate (13-2) - CRH got their 13th win of the season Wednesday as they easily defeated Trinity-Pawling by a score of 65-43.  The Wild Boars will play Williston Northhampton next Wednesday. 

2) Salisbury (13-3) - After having their ten game winning-streak snapped last weekend by Cushing Academy, Salisbury responded with a 71-52 win over Canterbury on Tuesday behind 17 apiece from Myles Jones and Samuel Dingba.  The Crimson Knights will next take the floor next Wednesday against Gunnery.

3) Phillips Exeter (10-5) - The Big Red earned its' 10th win of the season with an impressive 83-53 win over Tabor on Wednesday.  Another big one coming tomorrow against Brooks. 

4) Tabor - (11-6) - The Seawolves got roughed up on Wednesday in a 30-point loss to Exeter.  They'll try to get back on track tomorrow as Belmont Hill comes to town.

5) Belmont Hill (9-8) - Lost to St Marks 76-50 on Wednesday.  Tough two game-stretch on the road this weekend as the Hillies will travel to Roxbury Latin tonight and then Tabor tomorrow. 

6. Phillips Andover - (6-10) - After showing well in losses to two tough squads in Cushing and Worcester Academy, Andover played Tilton neck and neck for 30 minutes before losing by a 66-62 final on Wednesday.  Andover looks to be playing their best ball of the season, and as February unwinds, look for them to slip right back into the Class A Cup Discussion.  Expect a statement-weekend as the Big Blue face Thayer Academy tonight and St Sebastian's tomorrow. 

7. Kent School (9-5) - Lost 59-55 to the Masters School last weekend before rebounding on Wednesday with a blow-out win over Avon Old Farms.  Kent will face AOF again next Wednesday. 

8. Milton Academy - (8-7) - The Mustangs got a big win over Brimmer and May on Wednesday to put themselves back over the .500 mark for the season.  They got another big one today as they will travel north to play Brooks. 

8. Taft (9-8) - Lost 79-61 to Hotchkiss on Wednesday.  The Rhinos don't  play again until next Wednesday when they'll face Deerfield.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New England Prep AAA+ Top Ten

Jakarr Sampson led undefeated-Brewster to win #21 earlier today
Brewster comfortable on top
1. Brewster Academy (21-0) - Brew Crew moved to 20-0 yesterday with an 88-50 victory over Putnam Science.  Then, this afternoon, after trailing by 2 points early in the 2nd half, the Bobcats went on a tear to end up beating St Johns Northwest Military Academy (WI) by a final of 82-67.  Jakarr Sampson led the way for Brewster with 22 points.

2. Notre Dame Prep ( 15-6) -The Crusaders will play three games this weekend at the National Prep School Invitational.  They'll face WMA on Thursday, Canarias out of Spain on Friday, & La Jolla Prep on Saturday.

3. New Hampton (18-4) - After Bridgton won the first match-up at New Hampton early in the season, the Huskies evened the score yesterday with a 76-59 win up in Maine.  Olivier Hanlan led the scoring with 25 while Zach Auguste had 16 and Aaron Hendricks added 14.

4. Northfield Mount Hermon (20-2) - The Hoggers are another squad which reached the 20-win plateau yesterday as they edged Cushing by a score of 61-58.  John Carroll's club plays Bridgton and Lawrence Academy on Saturday and Sunday at the NPSI.

5. St Thomas More (20-3) - The STM winning streak reached seven on Tuesday as the Chancellors bested South Kent by ten for a rivalry-game win.   However, earlier today, Jere Quinn's squad saw their streak snapped at the NPSI as they dropped a 65-64 heart-breaker t0 Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO).

6. South Kent (12-7) -  After going for 30+ points against Brewster on Saturday, Ricky Ledo had 38 on Tuesday in South Kent's loss to St Thomas More.  Kelvin Jefferson's club will play tonight at 6pm at the National Prep School Invitational against Cali's La Jolla Prep. 

7. Bridgton Academy (15-9) - Lost at home to New Hampton yesterday.  The Wolverines travel to Rhody this weekend for the NPSI where they'll play New Hope out Maryland on Friday and NMH on Saturday. 

8. Lee Academy (18-7) - The Pandas got a 64-53 win this morning at the NPSI over the Robinson School.  They'll play CJEOTO (NJ) tomorrow. 

9. Maine Central Institute (9-10) -  Scored a 78-77 win on the road yesterday over Winchendon.  They'll play two at the NPSI this weekend as they'll face Next Level Prep (Canada) on Saturday & St Andrews on Sunday as they look to gain some momentum.

10. Winchendon (6-15) - Lost by 1 at home yesterday to Maine Central Institute.  The Winch will play Vermont Academy on Friday and then Mont Clare (PA) on Saturday at the National Prep School Invitational.

Crusader 22 drops January Video Recap

Nerlens headin' Back to the Future

Nerlens Noel pulls a Michael J Fox, returns to Class of 2012
Syracuse - UConn - Providence - Kentucky
Florida - Georgetown - North Carolina
- As first reported by ESPN's Dave Telep, Tilton All-American Nerlens Noel announced last night that he is reverse-reclassifying back to the Class of 2012.  Along with this reverse-classification announcement, the big fella from Everett also dropped a seven-school list.  Let the ping-pong ball scramble begin for the best big man to come out of New England since Patrick Ewing.  View Dave Telep's ESPN Insider piece

 NEPSAC AA+ Top 10 - 1/29/12
1) Tilton (20-3) - The Rams got their 20th win of the season yesterday by holding off a tough Phillips Andover squad to win 66-62.  Marcus O'Neil's club has a big one coming up on Sunday as they'll face Christian Faith Academy at the National Prep School Invitational.

2) St Marks (16-2) - Michigan-bound Nick Stauskas led the way with 16 points as St Marks beat Belmont Hill yesterday by a final of 76-50.  The Lions will host Thayer Academy on Saturday afternoon.

3) Wilbraham and Monson (16-4) - Big one tonight for the Titans as they play Notre Dame Prep at the NPSI.  Note:  Floor-general Jaylen Brantley has recently added offers from Georgia and Rutgers.

4) Kimball Union (14-3) - Got back to business yesterday with an easy 66-41 win over Masters behind 24 points from Rick Naylor and 17 points and 8 dimes from Devin Thomas.  The Wildcats will host Brimmer and May on Saturday.

5) Vermont Academy (12-7) - Jesse Bopp's club gets back it tomorrow night as they'll play Winchendon at the NPSI.

6) Cushing Academy (12-5) - Lost a 61-58 heart-breaker to NMH on Wednesday.  The Penguins are right back at it tonight against Phelps down in RI at the NPSI.

7) St Andrews (15-5) - Lost at home to Worcester Academy on Monday.  They'll play MCI on Saturday night at the NPSI.

7) Putnam Science (13-7) - Lost 88-50 to Brewster Academy yesterday.  Senior forward Oscar Assie led the Mustangs with 22.

7) Worcester Academy (9-8) - The Hilltoppers won two this week, beating St Andrews 51-47 on Monday behind 25 points from Rene Castro and then winning 74-56 over Marianapolis on Wednesday behind 28 points from UC-Davis-bound guard Olivier Paul-Betu.  This weekend, Jamie Sullivan's club will play Phelphs (PA) and New Hope (MD) on Friday and Saturday at the NPSI.

10) Marianapolis (9-11) - They've won two of their last three, earning wins over US Military Academy Prep and Brimmer and May while falling to Worcester Academy.  Note:  Sophomore forward Bobby Ahearn exploded for 20 points and 23 rebounds for Marianapolis in their win over Brimmer and May.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tilton Unmasked by Five Star

Check out recently released Five-Star Tilton Video

New England took a Chip at Clash for the Cup

Devandre Edmonds won the 12U Blue MVP for the Shooting Stars
 Basketball Spotlight - Clash for the Cup
- This past weekend, a number of top New England youth ball-clubs made their way down to New Jersey to compete in the Clash for the Cup, the second leg of the Basketball Spotlight's Triple Crown and an event considered to be one of the premier winter tournaments on the East Coast.  Two squads in particular fared very well on the trip....The Mass Shooting Stars 6th graders took down the 12U Blue Division Championship by going 5-0 over the course of the weekend.  In the Championship Game against NWK out of Newark, New Jersey, Devandre Edmonds dropped in 15 points to lead the Shooting Stars to a 47-44 win to take home the Clash For The Cup 12U Blue Division Championship.  Edmonds was subsequently named the MVP.  According to Basketball Spotlight Director Mike Melton, "Edmonds played the post and made the most of his time at this event by scoring and grabbing boards. He has a soft touch and good footwork for a youngster."...Another club which fared well was the CBC 7th graders, who were the favorites coming in after taking the championship at the Tip-Off Classic in December, the first leg of the Basketball Spotlight Triple Crown.   This time around, Reggie Hatchett's club again went on a run down in New Jersey, taking care of business to advance all the way to the final, where they were upset by Team Takeover in a 55-53 nail-biter in which Jaecee Martin led the CBC scoring with 21 points.  Definitely two young clubs to keep and eye on this coming spring.


Matt Droney recently joined the CM-1,000 Point Club
MIAA Eastern Mass Top 20
1) Central Catholic (13-0) - After a blow out win over Tewksbury on Friday night, Rick Nault's squad scraped out an ugly 47-43 victory over Bishop Hendricksen on Sunday in RI.  They'll host Lowell on Friday.

2) Newton North (13-0) - After surviving an upset bid by Braintree last Friday, the Tigers won their 13th last night by twenty over Dedham.

3) Catholic Memorial (10-2) - Beat St Johns Prep by one last night in a barn-burner after they smoked Malden Catholic last Friday night.  The Knights host BC High this Friday night.

4) Acton-Boxboro (14-1) - Last Friday night, A-B won 58-50 over Boston Latin in a Dual County League Showdown and then on Tuesday, the Colonials got an easy 61-26 win over Concord-Carlisle. 

5) BC High (11-3) - Won easily over Xaverian on Friday night and then followed suit with a cruise-job over Malden Catholic yesterday.  Big one for Bill Loughnane's squad this Friday as they'll play at CM.

6) Brockton (10-1) -The Boxers will play Durfee on Friday with a chance to clinch the Big Three League Title.  Then, we'll see what this talented club is made of as they'll play Newton North, Mansfield, and Catholic Memorial in their next three.

7) Charlestown (9-3) -  The Townies got a big 55-52 win on the road over Fitchburg last Saturday before they avenged an early season loss to Eastie yesterday by winning the rematch over the Jets by the score of 73-65.  With Edson Cardoso's squad back at full strength, look at below, or in this case, above.

8) East Boston (11-4) -After beating Charlestown in December, the Jets lost 73-65 to the Townies yesterday in the rematch.  Malcolm Smith's club will look back into their groove as February unwraps.

9. Madison Park (12-1) -  Dennis Wilson's squad may be the D1-Surprise of the season thus far in Eastern Mass.

10. Franklin (10-3)  - After losing their first three games of the season, the Panthers have now won 10 straight after they beat Canton 64-52 on Friday and then won impressively over King Philip yesterday by a score of 79-66.

11. Mansfield (9-4) - Rematch with Franklin can't come soon enough for the Hornets.  Don't be surprised if freshman Brendan Hill ends up being the best player Mike Vaughn ever coached.

12) St Johns Prep (8-5) - Although they ended up losing by one, the Prep played well last night against CM and showed they are still a contender.

13. Weymouth (12-1) - Easy wins over Framingham and Walpole on Friday and Tuesday..

14. Lawrence (10-3) - The Lancers earned a huge win over Andover last Friday and then thumped Haverhill yesterday for their 10th win.

15) Lowell (11-3) - Got easy wins over Haverhill and Methuen on Friday and yesterday.  Red Raiders get a shot at Central Catholic this Friday. 

16. Westford  Academy (13-2) - Got an easy win over Newton South last Friday night.  The Grey Ghosts have February 10th circled on the calender as they'll face A-B in a game-three rubber match. 

17) Needham (10-3) - After losing to Newton North two Fridays ago, the Rockets have responded with three straight wins, including a 2-point victory over Brookline on Friday that avenged an early-season loss.

18. Boston Latin (13-3) - After losing to Acton-Boxborough for the second time this season, Latin rebounded yesterday with an easy win over Bedford. 

19. New Bedford (11-3) - The Whalers won 65-51 at home over Taunton on Monday night behind 24 points from Johnathan Fortes.

20) Lexington (9-6) - The Minutemen have now won four straight after topping Watertown by 3 on Friday night and then winning by 20+ over Stoneham yesterday.