The boys basketball team ended its season with a 44-62 loss to top-ranked Phillips Exeter Academy in the Class A New England Prep School Athletics Conference Championship.
Despite a long bus ride and an evening game time, the Pelicans started off the game with a bang as senior Eric Moenkhaus knocked down an open three-pointer to take an early lead. The Pelicans seemed to catch Exeter off guard and stymied the Big Red's offense at the start of the first half.
Unfortunately, too many turnovers by the Pelicans were costly as Exeter fought its way back and took an 11-point lead with five minutes left in the first half. Loomis edged back at the end of the half, cutting down the deficit to six after Moenkaus hit a huge three-pointer just before the buzzer.
In the second half the Pelicans battled hard inside, feeding the ball to senior Jake Glezen, who was dominant in the paint and took advantage whenever he could get the ball. Exeter, however, was meticulous on offense and seemed to find every crack of the Pelicans' defense. The Big Red continued to build its lead, forcing the Pelicans to take more shots from the outside as time dwindled.
Top scorers for Loomis were Glezen with 15 points and Moenkhaus with 13.
The Pelicans season ends with an overall record of 11-15, and a record of 10-5 in Class A games. After winning three of their last four games, including a huge win against third ranked Hotchkiss School, the Pelicans earned the final spot in the tournament.
The team and the coaches would like to thank the five seniors who helped the team get this far and made this season such a special one. Good luck to Jalen Desravines, Quanzi Samuels, Eric Moenkhaus, Jake Glezen, and managers Kaitlin Donovan and Navreet Kaur as they move on to the next chapter in their lives after graduation!