It’s been an eventful five days for the Pingree boys basketball team. The Highlanders traveled down to Orlando, Florida for the Old Spice Classic.
After defeating two teams earlier in the tournament, Pingree made its way to the championship game against a nationally ranked team out of California, El Toro High School.
The Highlanders (7-3) hit clutch shots down the stretch to pull away with a 72-65 win over El Toro.
“Our kids game out of gate hard,” said Pingree coach Steven Gibbs. “We controlled boards and just wanted it more. It was a single possession game for about 28 minutes, back and forth the entire way.
“We were in foul trouble in the second, but pieced it together and found a way to win.”
Senior captain Johnnie Spears named was named the tournament MVP with 15 points and 11 assists in the win over El Toro. Justin Assad hit a huge three-pointer to extend the game and finished 11 points. Griffin Beal added nine points, five rebounds, while senior captain Kyle Lentini recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“It was probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest win for the program in school history,” added Gibbs.
Hamilton-Wenham 61, Ipswich 24: Jimmy Campbell had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals as the Generals (5-2) defeated the Tigers in the consolation game of the Gloucester Tournament. Kyle Craig added 10 points and four steals, while Henry Eagar was named to the all-tournament, contributing with seven points.
Peabody 38, Medford 13: The Tanners picked up their second straight win yesterday after a non-league battle against Medford. Sophomore Sara Hosman shot 7-for-12 from the foul line and finished with a team-high 14 points to go along with three assists. Senior captain Carolyn Scacchi pulled down 13 rebounds and scored eight points. Michelle McHugh was solid off the bench, contributing with four points and five rebounds, while Olivia Summit added five points and five rebounds in the win.