Dragons garner New England championship

FS-SPTS-GFA-Hoop-Champs-3-7The Greens Farms Academy Dragons made history when they defeated Lexington Christian Academy, Hyde and Pingree to take the New England Class C Prep School boys basketball title.
In the quarterfinals against Lexington Christian Academy of Massachusetts, in a game played at Simsbury, GFA prevailed 87-55.
The Dragons rode the hot shooting of senior Hunters Eggers (28 points, seven assists) in the first half to push the lead to double digits, but LCA refused to fold.
They scratched their way into contention with some feisty defense on the front end of the second half.
It took GFA’s superior depth to eventually blow the game open in the late going.
Senior Sean Obi was a force in the low post (19 points, seven rebounds), and junior Matt Tate (14 points, nine assists) was unguardable in the open court.
Senior Pat Ryan, junior Brendan Bieder and senior Van Barnet brought the defense, and sophomore Zach Baines, senior Scotty Deutsch, junior Andrew Chase and junior Sam Hodge all helped extend the Dragons’ impressive lead.
Eggers’ productive night put him over the 1,000 career point mark, making him the sixth player to reach that threshold at GFA.
Against the Hyde School in the semifinals hosted at GFA, the Dragons used the energy of a loud and excited home crowd to knock down the defending New England Champions 62-50.
Obi put up a double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds) in the victory.
Tate was able to shut down Hyde’s best player eventually which was key to slow down its offense.
Baines came up huge in the game as Hyde was focused on double teaming Obi, leaving Baines open as he capitalized on open opportunities with 13 points.
Pumped up by the crowd, Ryan (14 points) and Tate put the game out of reach in converting the intentional Hyde fouls into points at the free throw line.
Ryan stayed right on pace with his school record breaking season of 91 percent shooting from the line, making 10-of-11 on the night.
In the finals at Worcester Academy, GFA defeated Pingree 55-50 to win the New England Class C Prep School title.
The Dragons were down by six from the start, but found their rhythm to go up 27-17 at the half.
Up 51-43 late in the second half, Pingree’s Johnny Spears was fouled on converted on his free throw to pull the Highlands within five.
Spears then followed with a three to make the score 51-49 with 39 seconds left in the game.
With the pressure on, GFA rallied and all five players contributed on the court to win the game.
Eggers was fouled and he converted both of his free throws in addition to scoring on a layup to seal the victory at 55-49.
Baines was stellar scoring a team-high 18 points, adding 13 rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
For his performance, Baines was named the game MVP.
Eggers added 12 points and Obi chipped in 10 with seven rebounds and five assists.
All season coach Doug Scott has emphasized the team’s collective effort.
The championship title was the first basketball prep title for the players on the team and the first year the team has won the FAA regular season, FAA tournament and the New England Class C Prep School title in one year.

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