St. Andrew's faces top seed Worcester Academy in NEPSAC Class AA boys' hoops playoffs

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BARRINGTON — The St. Andrew's School boys' Varsity I basketball team enters he 2012-2013 NEPSAC Class AA Championship Tournament as the eighth seed and travels to Worcester (Mass.) Academy for one of four quarterfinal round playoff games Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Worcester defeated the Saints in their regular season meeting, 84-73, back on Feb. 2. St. Andrew's finished its regular season with a 22-8 overall record, 9-6 in Class AA. The Hilltoppers went 20-5 overall and 14-1 in Class AA games to earn the overall No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

The rest of the quarterfinal schedule is as follows:

No. 7 Brimmer and May School (Mass.) @ No. 2 Cushing Academy (Mass.)

No. 6 Vermont Academy (Vt.) @ No. 3 Kimball Union Academy (N.H.)

No. 5 Tilton School (N.H.) @ No. 4 Marianapolis Prep School (Conn.)

"This is as even and balanced a tournament as I’ve seen in my 19 years at St. Andrew's," said Saints head coach Mike Hart. "Any team could win the championship and that’s the goal of our league."

Winners of Wednesday's games head to the semifinals at Groton School (Mass.) on Friday, March 1. Game times are 4:30 p.m. (No. 1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner) and 6 p.m. (No. 2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner). The championship game will be played at Endicott College (Mass.) on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m.

Colson cops 1,000

St. Andrew's junior Bonzie Colson scored his 1,000th career point Wednesday night in the Saints' 69-63 victory over Wilbraham & Munson in overtime. Colson reached the milestone with a free throw early in the first half and finished with 23 points, the game high.

Colson, of New Bedford, is the son of former URI star Bonzie Colson. He is the third St. Andrew's player this season to reach 1,000 career points. Henry Bolton, who played for Portsmouth High for one season, and Tom Hunt, who transferred from La Salle after three years, preceded him.

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