National Prep Championship
posted at 3/8/2007 3:30 PM EST
Semi-final ResultsSemi Final #1 2OTBridgton Academy (ME) 121Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 118In what was easily the most entertaining game of the day, Bridgton Academy (Bridgton, ME) eclipsed an early eight point second half deficit, and two overtime charges by a physical and talented Hargrave Academy (Chatham, VA) crew to prevail. Though talented in their own right, Bridgton does not boast the height and size across the board that many of their prep school brethren, do, and nonetheless have recently won a third consecutive New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) title. The reason û a motion offense they execute consistently.Bridgton was able to tie the score with around 12:50 to go in the second half. If not for that scheme and good helping match up zones and man to man defenses, there would have been no way the team could withstand HargraveÆs Jordan Crawford (37 points), Jeff Allen (28 points) , Dorenzo Hudson (21 points), and Mike Scott (21 points). The teams flip-flopped the lead for the remainder of regulation, with the score knotted at 101 at the buzzer. During the first extra period, that nip and tuck rhythm continued, with HargraveÆs Hudson hitting a leaning, three point bucket to send the contest into a second overtime period. Throughout the game, Justin Burrell (21 points) was a stalwart inside for Bridgton, while Greg Hill (29 points), Paris Horne (21 points) and Brian Rudolph (11 points) held down the perimeter. The first three (Rudolph fouled out in the first overtime session) also performed well to close the game, with Horne finding Burrell inside to gain a 115-113 lead, while HillÆs free throws with over a minute to play extended it to 119-115. Semi Final #2Notre Dame Prep (MA) 87The Patterson School (NC) 75Though this contest lacked the drama and flow of the first, both teams still exhibited why colleges flock to recruit their players, as individual plays were being made up and down the floor. From a Notre Dame Prep (Fitchburg, MA) perspective, D.C. area native Michael Beasley (33 points) also seemed to have jitters, as he started the game drifting on the perimeter, and not greatly impacting the game. Not so in the second half, where Beasley regained his mojo, attacking the rim on breaks as well as showing good perimeter touch. Battling Beasley tooth and nail on the inside was PattersonÆs Tirrell Baines (23 points), who scored on put backs and nice turnaround shots he released at the top of his jump. Jeremy Hazell (13 points) also added double figures for Patterson, showing great range on his jumper. Beasley was helped by Jamine ôGreedyö Peterson (13 points), who primarily played inside, and Deonte RobertsÆ (8 points) up and down, full court play. Johnny Higgins (2 points) didnÆt score much, but was instrumental in running the team, particularly late in the game. Finals Tonight at 7:00pm New England representing with the best basketball teams in the USA!