The sting of last year’s New England Prep School Athletic Conference Class C championship game loss still resonates with the Pingree boys basketball team.
Now, they’ve got a chance at redemption against the team that defeated them for the title a year ago.
Pingree began play in this year’s NEPSAC Class C playoffs with a convincing 77-62 quarterfinal win over visiting Providence Country Day yesterday in South Hamilton. Senior tri-captain Kyle Lentini led the way offensively with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Erik Fyrer had some key minutes off the bench and scored 10 points to help pave the way.
Now the Highlanders (19-7) will take on top-seeded Green Farms Academy (23-3) of Westport, Conn. Saturday at a neutral site in the semifinals. The winner moves on to Sunday’s Class C title game at Worcester Polytech Institute.
“Green Farms beat us by four points last year in the final and our kids haven’t forgotten that,” said Pingree head coach Steve Gibbs. “It’s going to be a big test; they have three or four Division 1 players and will be the favorites. But it’ll be played at a neutral site (to be determined today, along with the starting time) and we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
Reese Fulmer also had 10 points for Pingree yesterday, including a trio of 3-pointers. Alonzo Jackson kept Providence CD’s best player in check defensively while also contributing 10 points of his own to go along with eight rebounds. Floor general Johnnie Spears, who was injured the last time the Highlanders played Providence CD, played terrific help defense and ran his team’s offense expertly.
Mystic Valley 54, North Shore Tech/eSSEX Aggie 14: The Hawks saw their season end at 10-10 at the hands of fourth-seeded Mystic Valley (16-5).
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