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Bulletin Board: NMH outlasts Kent, 80-79

Daquon Ervin sank two free throws with six-tenths of a second left to propel fifth-seeded Northfield Mount Hermon School past fourth-seeded South Kent School, 80-79, in the quarterfinals of the New England Class AAA Tournament Wednesday in South Kent, Conn.

After going to halftime tied 42-42, the Hoggers stormed out to a 14-point lead after the first six minutes. South Kent slowly chipped away at the lead, then freshman Tremont Waters drained a 3-pointer with five seconds left to put the Cardinals in front, 79-78, leading to Ervin’s winning free throws.

Aaron Falzone turned in a stellar effort for the Hoggers with 20 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots. Ervin was equally impressive, as he totaled 20 points, 3 records, 3 assists and 2 steals, Ian Sistare had 14 points and 7 boards, and Collin McManus contributed 10 points and 6 rebounds.

“It was a thriller,” understated NMH head coach John Carroll. “I think we had the experience of really tight games and the kids really wanted this one. ... The season of learning paid off (tonight). Every guy made a significant contribution.”

Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry — whose son Jordan plays for South Kent — and Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan were among those in attendance.

With the win, senior Victor Udoji and junior Jahshante Allen became all-time winningest players in NMH history (81 wins in the past three seasons).

NMH (23-8) will now face top-seeded Brewster Academy — which received a quarterfinal bye in the seven-team field — in Saturday’s semifinal at 4 p.m. in Wolfeboro, N.H. The Hoggers are 0-2 vs. Brewster.

NMH girls win in OT

Senior Ruthann Zientek notched her 1,000th career point and Northfield Mount Hermon School shut out Phillips Andover Academy in overtime to earn a 55-51 win in the quarterfinals of the Northeast 8 Championship prep girls’ basketball tournament on Wednesday at Forslund Gymnasium in Gill.

Zientek reached her personal milestone on a 3-pointer form the corner early in the second half, cutting the deficit to one and sparking a run that saw the Hoggers take a seven-point lead.

Andover later tied it with a minute left, and the teams eventually headed to OT.

Zientek — a 5-foot-7 point guard headed to St. Michael’s College in the fall — scored on NMH’s second possession of the extra period. Then teammate Vanessa Udoji extended the lead to four with a minute to go.

It was the third time NMH has beaten Andover this season.

Udoji, just a sophomore, led the Hoggers with a game-high 25 points — 21 of them after halftime. Zientek finished with 13 and Taylor White chipped in with 7.

With its victory, NMH (17-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season.

NMH advance to the semifinals Friday night at top-seeded Phillips Exeter Academy at a time TBA.

SBS edges LCA

Third-seeded Stoneleigh Burnham School needed overtime to beat No. 6 Lexington Christian Academy, 61-54, in a NEPSAC Class C Girls’ Basketball Tournament quarterfinal contest Wednesday in Greenfield.

Rosemary Ilang collected 17 points and 20 rebounds, and C’Quoya Haughton totaled 17 points and 15 boards to led the Owls. Ieva Jasponyte added 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Kezzy Wingate and Dorjee Dolma both contributed 6 points.

LCA forced overtime by hitting a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

Stoneleigh-Burnham (22-2) advances to Saturday’s semifinal against No. 2 seed Hamden Hall Country Day School of Hamden, Conn., a 62-53 winner over No. 7 Proctor Academy.

Prep hockey

NMH falls to Loomis

Ben Sharf’s power-play with one second left in the first period broke a 2-2 tie and Loomis Chaffe School never relinquished that lead en route to 3-2 victory over NMH in the NEPSAC Large School Boys’ Hockey Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at McCollum Arena in Gill.

Loomis’ Thomas Chateauvert scored at 9:02 to give the visitors the lead, but the Hoggers responded with goals from Peter Owen Hayward and Matt Greenwood just 1:20 apart to grab a 2-1 lead. Loomis’ Donny Thompson scored 38 seconds later to tie it, then Sharf struck for the power-play marker, which turned out to be the game-winner.

NMH ended its season 20-10-2 overall.

Youth hoops

Turners wins opener

Turners Falls won its boys’ grades 5 and 6 Suburban League playoff opener with a 45-40 win over Easthampton on Wednesday night in Turners Falls.

Marcus Sanders and Anthony Peterson led the winners with 11 points apiece. Jonathan Fritz finished with 6 points, while Jake Dodge and Jaden Whiting each threw in 5 points.

Turenrs advances to play at Frontier Monday night at 7.

Youth hockey

Collura Chompers win

Hunter Haughey scored three goals to lead the Dr. Collura Chompers to a 4-0 independent win over the North Central Sting during a Squirt B youth hockey game Tuesday night at Veterans Rink in Gardner.

Aidan Roche scored the other goal and an added an assist, and Hannah Roche also had an assist for the winners.

Trevor Parkinson stopped all five shots he faced to record the shutout. Jillian Hopkins and Cooper Barton played well defensively.

Miscellany

Turners coach sought

Turners Falls High School is seeking a junior varsity baseball coach. Interested candidates are asked to send a letter of interest with resume to Glenn Doulette, c/o Turners Falls High School, 222 Turnpike Road, Montague, MA 01351.

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