A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
Thirds Basketball v. Whately Recreational
A shootout unfolded between Eaglebrook and the local Whately Recreational team, resulting in a narrow overtime win for the Brookies, 43-41. The Whately team offered some tenacious rebounding and made the best of second-chance points down in the low-post. The home team countered Whately with solid zone coverage. The lead changed multiple times throughout the game, and it looked like the night was done for Eaglebrook, as they fell behind by three points with mere seconds left in the 4th quarter. What happened next will enter the annals of Eaglebrook athletic legend forever. Nate Roachford brought the ball up to midcourt for a dramatic, Hail Mary buzzer-beater. The shot fell in and the crowd went wild -- on to overtime!
In overtime, Eaglebrook found its shot early. Having established a small lead, Eaglebrook subbed in its premiere defensive package and withstood Whately’s final assault for the win.
The game was remarkable for its storybook ending, as well as some personal restrictions. Due to size and age differences between the squads, Eaglebrook sat its three tallest players, Jules de Beauport, William Kim, and Leo Shi. The team was sad to lose its Triple Towers, but the boys supported the team from the bench. Meanwhile, on the court, Daniel Coffy was lighting up the threes. Meredith Bedell and Paul de Bruyn Kops excelled in their temporary center duties. Chris Markowski zipped up the court on more than one fastbreak. And Jeffrey Moon and Kodai Goodrow applied good pressure on the defense and contributed to good ball rotation on offense. The unofficial “Hustle Award” goes to Frank Zhang, who was the perfect pest on defense at critical junctures of the game.
With the win, Eaglebrook evens out at the .500 mark for the season (3-3), with a Saturday away game versus Cardigan Mountain School on the horizon.