GROTON, MASS. — St. Andrew’s School Varsity I head coach Mike Hart said prior to the start of the 2013 NEPSAC Class AA boys’ basketball championship playoffs the tournament was as wide open as he could remember, and his Saints are proving their coach prophetic.
Eighth-seeded St. Andrew’s, already with one upset in hand over top-seeded Worcester Academy, took out another team above it, fifth-seeded Tilton Academy, 67-66, in the semifinal round of the event Friday afternoon, March 1, at the Groton School.
“I’m very proud of our kids. We’re the eighth seed and the underdogs,” said Coach Hart. “They’re accepting their roles and supporting each other. The team is winning because of who we are as a whole.”
The Saints (24-8 overall) held Tilton’s Kansas-bound McDonald’s All-American Wayne Selden to just 13 points and only three over the final 16 minutes of the contest. Selden missed a potential game-winning mid-range jumper as time expired.
St. Andrew’s junior forward Bonzie Colson continued his superb play, going for a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Former LaSalle Academy standout and Rhode Island product Tom Hunt and Andre Berry shared team-high scoring honors for the locals with 16 points. Portsmouth’s Henry Bolton chipped in 10.
The Saints advance to the Class AA championship Sunday afternoon, March 3, at 3 o’clock at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. opposite Cushing Academy. The second-seeded Penguins, who feature Portsmouth product and Butler-bound forward Andrew Chrabascz, beat third-seeded Kimball Union in Friday’s other semi game.