Brooks boys 1st basketball team didn't have a good weekend. They had a great one, capturing the title of New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B champions – for the third year in a row!
After besting semifinals competitors Marianapolis Prep on Saturday 65-50, the undefeated squad took down second-seeded Rivers School in the finals Sunday evening 65-40 at Clark University in Worcester. (See a full gallery of photos from the game HERE.)
"I am absolutely thrilled for our kids, and especially our seniors," said coach and English teacher John McVeigh, dean of faculty. "While this was their third-straight New England championship, it was the first time that many of them were playing such an important role on the court. They waited their turn and deserve all the success they have earned."
The team opened up a lead halfway through the first half, but beating Rivers was hardly a slam dunk. "They made some tough shots to keep it close," said McVeigh. Going into halftime Brooks was only up seven points.
"It remained around a 10-point margin for the first eight minutes of the second half, but we went on a run keyed by Jacob Iwowo '18 to go up 20 and that helped us to really pull away for good," he added.
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Brian Wright-Kinsey and Keigan Kerby (shown below) both scored 18 points each, contributing to the win. Kerby, for his part, was named Most Valuable Player.
"I'm so happy for Keigan," said McVeigh. "He missed most of his first three years of playing at Brooks with injuries that have been out of his control. It was great that he was able to play this whole season and stay healthy, but was so much better to see him finish his Brooks career the way he did this weekend, absolutely dominating the game at both ends of the floor in both the semifinals and the finals ... He earned this award. I am so proud of him and I know his teammates feel the same way."
When it came to Brooks' defense, teamwork was key. "We did a terrific job all night long limiting Rivers to just 40 points," the coach added. (In their semifinal round, Rivers scored 83 points).
One highlight of the exciting game came from fifth-former Preston Santos. "His alley-oop dunk with a few minutes left in the game put an exclamation point on the night," said McVeigh. "But for me, personally, seeing Brooks' sixth-formers — Terrell Brown, Justin Connolly, Nathan Costantino, Brendan Flanagan, Pat Freiermuth, Jacob Iwowo, Keigan Kerby, Cam Ray and Brian Wright-Kinsey — as they came off the court knowing they were going to win the championship was the real high point. It was such a wonderful moment for all of us!"
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