St. Andrew's upsets top-seeded Worcester Academy in NEPSAC Class AA playoff opener


WORCESTER, MASS. — The St. Andrew's School Varsity I boys' basketball team slayed the regular season giant as the eighth-seeded Saints upended top-seeded Worcester Academy, 75-69, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, in the opening round of the 2013 NEPSAC Class AA Championship Tournament.

The Saints committed just four turnovers in the contest, which came almost a month to the day after they lost to the Hilltoppers, 84-73, in Worcester on Jan. 28.

The loss was just the second for the Hilltoppers in 16 Class AA games this winter. Worcester finished with a 20-6 overall mark.

"This is a huge upset as we were the eighth seed and they were the top seed," St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart said. "We went to Worcester and won in front of a packed house. We only had the four turnovers and we handled their press."

Portsmouth product Henry Bolton led the Saints (23-8 overall) with 22 points and also was key to handling Worcester's extended defense. Bonzie Colson added a team-best 13 rebounds and 20 points.

Of note defensively, the locals held the Hilltoppers' two Division I-college bound star guards in check. Rene Castro (Butler) and Matt Mobley (Central

Connecticut State) had just 10 combined points Wednesday. In the teams' first meeting, they accounted for 49.

The Saints advance to a semifinal date with fifth-seeded Tilton School (N.H.) at the Groton School (Mass.) on Friday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. Tilton beat fourth-seeded Marianapolis 73-65 Wednesday. The second semifinal, also at Groton, has second-seeded Cushing Academy (Mass.) playing third-seeded Kimball Union Academy

(N.H.) at 6 p.m.


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