St. Andrew's hosts annual holiday hoops tourney in Barrington

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BARRINGTON —Fourteen of the top boys' prep basketball programs in the region converge on Barrington this weekend as the St. Andrew's Varsity I squad plays host to its annual Holiday Classic, Dec. 14 and 15, at Sage and Jones gyms.

The Saints are scheduled to meet the Christian Heritage School from Connecticut on Friday at 7:45. Saturday at 5:30, St. Andrew's plays St. Mark's out of western Massachusetts. The Saints play the nightcap to end both days' sets of games.

St. Andrew's has broken from the gate impressively this season. The Saints are off to a 6-0 start, including two wins last weekend in the Life & Breath Classic held in Wakefield, Va. St. Andrew's defeated host Wakefield, 86-57, and the Blue Ridge School, also of Virginia, 63-51.

Four of the Saints' wins to date have come by comfortable double-digit margins. The other others were close. They defeated Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy, 83-81, and the Salisbury (Conn.) School, 77-73.

"We're playing well. We're a very deep team," long-time St. Andrew's head coach Mike Hart said of his team's fast start.

Of note locally as well about the Saints, 6-foot-7 freshmen post player and East Providence resident Terrell Brown has earned his spot on the vaunted St. Andrew's Varsity I roster.

An overview of the 2012 St. Andrew’s Holiday Classic follows:

Teams

St. Andrew’s School (RI), Cushing Academy (MA), Marianapolis Prep School (CT), Tilton School (NH), Brimmer and May School (MA), Vermont Academy (VT), Proctor Academy (NH), Worcester Academy (MA), Lawrence Academy (MA), Wilbraham Monson Academy (MA), Christian Heritage School (CT), Holderness School (NH), St. Mark’s School (MA), Master’s School (CT)

Schedule

Friday, Dec. 14

4:15 p.m. - Proctor Academy (NH) vs. Brimmer and May (MA) (Sage Gym)

4:15 p.m. - Worcester Academy (MA) vs. Holderness School (NH) (Jones Gym)

6:00 p.m. - Vermont Academy (VT) vs. Marianapolis Prep (CT) (Sage Gym)

6:00 p.m. - Cushing Academy (MA) vs. St. Mark’s School (MA) (Jones Gym)

7:45 p.m. - St. Andrew’s (RI) vs.Christian Heritage School (CT) (Sage Gym)

7:45p.m. - Tilton School (NH) vs. Lawrence Academy (MA) (Sage Gym)

Saturday, Dec. 15

12:30 p.m. - Christian Heritage  (CT) vs. Cushing Academy (MA) (Sage Gym)

12:30 p.m. - Brimmer and May  (MA) vs. Vermont Academy (VT) (Jones Gym)

2:15 p.m. - Wilbraham Monson  (MA) vs. Tilton School (NH) (Sage Gym)

2:15 p.m. - Marianapolis Prep  (CT) vs. Holderness School (NH) (Jones Gym)

3:45 p.m. - Master’s School (CT) vs. Worcester Academy (MA) (Sage Gym)

3:45 p.m. - Lawrence Academy (MA) vs. Proctor Academy (Jones Gym)

5:30 p.m. - St. Mark’s School (MA) vs. St. Andrew’s School (RI) (Sage Gym)

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