Class A Basketball Super 8 (Week 2)

There are no new teams in the Super 8 this week, but where they sit has changed drastically.


 

#1 EXETER (9-1)

Last week’s rank: 2

Past week review: 1/13 vs Andover W 58-49, 1/16 @ Choate W 82-49

Exeter sits at 9-1 and are on top this week’s Super 8. The only team remaining in Class A with only one loss, the Lions  picked up wins against their underachieving rival Andover and a Choate team that has not found its stride yet.

The Lions continue to lean on James Foye ’16 (Dartmouth) as well as a slew of other Division III bound players.

Riding a four game win streak, Exeter has two road games this week. The first is on Wednesday @ BB&N and the next one is Friday night @ New Hampton (AAA).

#2 KENT (9-3)

Last week’s rank: 6

Past week review: 1/13 vs Taft W 57-48, 1/16 @ Trinity-Pawling W 75-49

Kent’s rocky start has quickly been erased by their recent four game win streak. With wins over Salisbury, Loomis, red hot Taft, and T-P. Kent has shot their way up the Super 8.

Guard Kena Gilmour ’16 has been outstanding, along with Jack Stevens ’16 and Kylan Guerra ’16.

Kent has a big test on Wednesday at home against Suffield Academy and a road trip on Saturday against a struggling Berkshire team.

#3 TABOR (9-4)

Last week’s rank: 3

Past week review:  1/16 vs Andover W 57-47

Tabor only played one game this week after having three games in five days last week. Though they currently have four losses, three of them came to AA schools (St. Andrew’s, Cushing, and Notre Dame Prep). Tabor has picked up impressive wins including over Suffield and Taft.

Brandon Beloti ’16 led the Seawolves to their victory this week over Andover.

Tabor has two games this coming week; Wednesday @ St. George’s (AA) and Saturday @ Noble & Greenough.

#4 SUFFIELD (6-3)

Last week’s rank: 1

Past week review: 1/16 vs St. Andrew’s (In Boston) L 81-77, 1/17 vs Williston (In Springfield MA) L 61-53

After standing atop the standings to begin the year, Suffield had a rough weekend as they lost back to back games to two very good basketball teams. St. Andrew’s (AA) and Suffield went back and forth as part of the BABC classic held at Bunker Hill Community College. In the end though, St. Andrew’s was able to pull away with the victory behind Aaron Wheeler ’17 and Terrell Brown ’16.

In a rematch of last year’s championship game, the Tigers saw the same result. Williston came away with a victory 61-53.

It does not get any easier for Suffield this week. They have two tough games coming up: Wednesday @ Kent and Saturday at the Basketball Hall of Fame versus MacDuffie (AA).

#5 TAFT (7-3)

Last week’s rank: 8

Past week review: 1/11 @ Kingswood Oxford W 75-61, 1/13 @ Kent L 57-48, 1/16 vs Hotchkiss W 62-61

Literally only one point separates this week’s numbers 5 and 6.

Taft went 2-1 on the with wins against KO and arch rival Hotchkiss and a tough loss to #2 Kent. Shamir Johnson ’18 and Darius Chester ’17 have made up for the loss of Ludvig Swanstrom ’16. Johnson, pitched in 25 points in the Rhinos win over KO and is averaging 14 points per game which leads the team. Darius Chester is right behind him at 13.5 points per game.

Taft plays well together as a team and earns their way up in the rankings with their massive win over rival Hotchkiss.

Taft looks to stay hot with to games against two struggling teams this week. Wednesday at home vs Berkshire and Saturday @ TP.

#6 HOTCHKISS (7-3)

Last week’s rank: 4

Past week review: 1/13 @ Kingswood Oxford W 67-54, 1/15 vs Deerfield W 83-68, 1/16 @ Taft L 62-61

Hotchkiss drops two spots because of their one point loss to rival Taft. Although Taft is red hot and Hotchkiss may have played well the rest of the week, the Bearcats fall two spots.

Elijah Bailey ’16 continues to play well and the Bearcats have a busy week coming up and plenty of opportunity to work their way back up the ladder of the Super 8.

Hotchkiss will play three games this week including, a tough matchup at home on Monday against AOF, a date with a streaking Canterbury team at home on Wednesday, and finally on the road on Saturday against the struggling Westminster Martlets.

#7 WILLISTON (7-4)

Last Week’s rank: 7

Past week review: 1/16 @ Loomis W 64-30, 1/17 vs Suffield (Springfield MA) W 61-53.

The defending champs are starting to catch fire. The Wildcats have won four of their last five. The Wildcats stay in the same spot as last week, though, because of the four losses earlier in the season that still linger overhead.

Chris Hudson ’16 had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the Wildcats’ win over Loomis, while Sam Geschickter ’16 knocked down five threes and finished with 20 points in the Loomis game as well.

With a win over a very good Suffield team and their current win streak, Williston are a very intimidating team at the moment.

The Wildcats have games this week with Salisbury at home on Wednesday and on the road at Avon on Saturday.

#8 AVON OLD FARMS (6-4)

Last week: 5

Past week review: 1/11 vs Cheshire Academy L 84-77, 1/13 vs Berkshire W 69-59, 1/16 @ Canterbury L 80-79.

Avon battled with Cheshire (AA) on Monday but came up short as Cheshire’s Elijah Pemberton ’16 carried his team to a seven point victory. Avon bounced back with a ten point win over Berkshire on Wednesday. They battled with Canterbury on Saturday, but in the end Canterbury had a three point play that sealed the deal.

Rodney Henderson ’16 has been on fire for Avon. Henderson had 33 points in Avon’s loss to Canterbury as he went head to head with Canterbury’s two stars DeAnte Bruton ’16 and Shawn Montauge ’16, who combined for 50 of the Saints points.

The Winged Beavers’ Packy Witkowski ’16 has also been shooting exceedingly well of late; he has averaged 20 points per game over his last three games.

Avon has three games slated for this week. Monday @ Hotchkiss, Wednesday at home against TP, and Saturday at home versus Williston.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

Hopkins, Loomis Chaffee, St. Sebastian’s