Northfield Mount Hermon Basketball beats Brewster Academy, 96-85, to win back to back NEPSAC Class AAA Championships.
The defending New England Champions and the #1 seed NMH faced off against #2 seed Brewster Academy at Western New England University for the 2019 NEPSAC AAA Championship.
NMH got out first with a 5-0 lead. Brewster responded and took the lead and played with a lead for the most of the first half. Brewster had the hot hand shooting 9-14 from 3 led by sophomore Terrance Clarke's 22 first half points. NMH closed the gap heading into halftime thanks to a Chris Ledlum '19 3 pointer. Harvard commit Chris Ledlum led NMH with 20 first half points. Brewster led 52-45 at the half.
Brewster quickly built a double digit lead to start the second half, then Ben Callahan-Gold '20 entered. Ben hit 6-8 from 3 point range to get NMH back into the game and build a lead of their own. NMH also stepped up their defensive effort and limited Brewster's second chance opportunities. NMH played with a 5-8 point advantage for the final 4 minutes before closing out the game from the free throw line. NMH wins 96-85.
Another great team effort, NMH had 4 players in double figures. Championship MVP Chris Ledlum '19 (Harvard) with 31 points, 9 rebouns, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Ben Callahan-Gold '20 with 20 points (6-8 from 3). Darius Ervin '20 with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists & Michael Jankovich '19 with 11 points and 2 rebounds.
This is the first time NMH has won back to back New England Championships. It is their 3rd championship in 4 years and 4th in the past 7 years.