BEVERLY, Mass. — Second-ranked St. Thomas More of Oakdale, Conn., defeated the Maine Central Institute postgraduates 85-68 in the quarterfinals of the New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council Class AAA men’s basketball tournament at Endicott College on Wednesday evening.
Seventh-seeded MCI, the tournament’s 2011 champion, ends its season with a 10-17 record. No. 2 St. Thomas More (26-5) advances to Friday’s semifinals against No. 3 New Hampton (N.H.) School.
Another Maine team in the Class AAA field, fifth-ranked Bridgton Academy, also lost in the quarterfinals, with No. 4 Northfield-Mt. Hermon defeating the Wolverines 72-61.
Class AA Cushing Academy of Ashburnham, Mass., whose roster includes Maine’s 2011 Mr. Basketball, former Camden Hills of Rockport standout Tyler McFarland, lost a 50-46 quarterfinal decision to St. Andrew’s School of Barrington, R.I. Third-seeded Cushing ends its season with a 21-7 record.
Phillips Exeter (N.H.) Academy, whose roster includes former Nokomis of Newport star Chris Braley and former Calais standout Cam Shorey, advanced to Friday’s Class A semifinals with a 45-36 win over Phillips Andover (Mass.). Third-ranked Phillips Exeter (15-8) will play No. 2 Salisbury (Conn.) School in Friday’s semifinals.
And Hebron Academy scored a 60-58 quarterfinal upset over No. 2 Pingree School of South Hamilton, Mass., in the Class C quarterfinals. Seventh-seeded Hebron faces a semifinal matchup Friday against No. 2 Providence (R.I.) Country Day, a 71-58 winner over No. 6 Berwick Academy.