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Boys Basketball Wins NEPSAC Class A Crown

Boys basketball outlasts Suffield to claim third title in the last five years!

By
Brian Muldoon
March 6, 2017
Phillips Exeter Academy 2016-17 NEPSAC Class A Champions

For the third time in five years, the boys varsity basketball team has been crowned NEPSAC Class A Champions! Big Red claimed the 2016-17 title with a 62-57 victory over top-seed Suffield Academy on Sunday afternoon on the campus of Rhode Island College.

“I couldn’t be happier for our 13 young men,” said Big Red head coach Jay Tilton. “They showed tremendous loyalty throughtout a very challenging schedule. It starts with the leadership of captains Mitchell Kirsch ‘17 and Ben Swett ‘17. Their commitment to what we value as a program has been incredible. This team has established a special legacy in our program and it was a tremendous accomplishment by all of them. I am very proud of this team.”

 

After captains Kirsch and Swett accepted the NEPSAC Championship trophy, classmate Jacob Grandison ’17 was named the Most Valuable Player after pouring in 20 points in the finals.

Big Red took a ten-point lead into halftime and quickly extended that advantage to 15 points following a three-point play from Javante McCoy ’17 early on in the second. Suffield would not go down easily, however, as the Tigers made a big run and cut the deficit down to six points with just over two minutes to play. Suffield continued to apply pressure and dwindle Exeter’s lead down to just two with only 29 seconds left on the clock, but McCoy and Ben Eckstrom ’18 each knocked down a pair of free throws in the waning moments to secure the title.

McCoy finished with 20 points in the game while Kirsch added seven for Big Red, which finished the season with a 14-8 overall record.