The St. Andrew's School (RI) Boys' Prep team overcame adversity unroute to the 2019 NEPSAC Class AA title. The Saints entered the tournament as the #1 top seed and proceeded to defeat defending champion and 8th seeded Tilton School (NH) 68-58 in the Quarterfinals. Senior Bryce Goodine, Post-Grad Benson Lin, and Post-Grad Keegan Records all scored in double figures. However, the Saints lost 3 year starting point guard Senior Robert Baum whose season ended with an ankle injury at the 7 minute mark.
Next, the Saints faced always tough and 5th seeded Vermont Academy (VT). In an up and down first half, the Saints managed to take a 55-44 halftime lead. The home team then increased the lead to 65-50 when 6'9" starting center Post-Grad Keegan Records went down with a season ending ankle injury. Vermont capitalized and cut the lead to 69-67 with just under 2 minutes left. Senior Brycen Goodine then made a crucial 3pt shot with 1:34 left to make it a 72-67 game. Then, Saints Junior 6'9" Myles Wilmoth then blocked two Vermont 3pt shot attempts while the Saints made all of their free throws down the stretch. The final score was 81-68 St. Andrew's. Once again, Senior Brycen Goodine, Post-Grad Benson Lin, Junior Myles Wilmoth, Post-Grad Keegan Records, and Post-Grad Matt Relihan were all in double figures with Wilmoth, Goodine and Records having double figures in rebounds too.
In the championship game, the Saints were facing long odds being down 2 important starters, dressing 9 players, and taking on a red hot #2 seeded Cushing Academy (MA) team. The #2 seed started off the game with a 7 point led (16-7) with 10 minutes left in the first half. However, Sophomore point guard Matt Constant (getting his first career start and finishing with 8pts; 8 assists; 6 rebs) made a 3pt. shot that propelled the Saints on a huge run that ended with the Saints up 43-37 at the half. Post-Grad Benson Lin and Senior Brycen Goodine then went on a rampage making 3pt shots and steals while getting rebounds and assist. Post-Grad Matt Relihan (10pts; 8 rebs) provided some timely clutch shooting and rebounding while Sophomore Dylan Ahearn also helped on the defensive end off the bench. But it was the emergence of 6'9" junior Myles Wilmoth (15pts; 13 rebs) that pushed the Saints to end Cushing's multiple runs and help secure a 84-72 win. Senior Brycen Goodine (25pts; 11 rebs; 7 assist) was named MVP but fellow guard and Post-Grad Benson Lin delivered 24pts and 7 steals and could have been named co-MVP if allowed by NEPSAC.
This was St. Andrew's 8 NEPSAC Championship in 5 different classifications with Coach Mike Hart earning his 7 title. It was a remarkable season the ended with a 26-7 record by a group of hard-working, dedicated, and high character kids!