MCI postgrads ousted from NEPSAC basketball tourney

By BDN Staff Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted March 01, 2012, at 2:20 p.m.

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.

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