The boys varsity basketball team advanced to the Class A semifinal of the New England tournament by defeating Noble and Greenough School 57-25 on Wednesday, March 4.
The No. 1 seed, Loomis Chaffee will take on fifth-ranked Trinity Pawling in the semifinals on Saturday, March 7, at home.
In Wednesday’s quarterfinal, the Pelicans had a sloppy start, committing unforced turnovers and shooting the ball rather poorly, and they were in a tight game with just under a minute to play in the first half, up by four points. The team revived when student fans arrived at the game after coming straight from the boys hockey game. Their energy and cheers encouraged the team, and the boys scored a quick six points to take a 23-13 lead at the end of the half.
The second half was an entirely different story, as the Pelicans shut the door defensively and made adjustments on offense. The changes helped the Pelicans go on a 12-0 run to start the half, led by seniors Josh Menard and R.J. Blakney, who finished the game with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Up 35 to 13, the Pelicans continued to put their foot on the gas and move the ball on offense. Every Loomis player got into the game, and in addition to Menard and Blakney, four players on the team recorded at least five points, and another four players recorded at least one bucket.
Saturday’s semifinal game starts at 2 p.m. in Olcott Gym. Earlier in the year, Loomis defeated Trinity-Pawling 77 to 52.