NMH Headed to Prep Championship Finals
March 10th, 2010
New England Recruiting Report
Northfield Mount Hermon upsets top ranked Hargrave Military Academy to reach tonight’s National Prep Championship finals.
Northfield Mount Hermon scored perhaps the biggest win in the school’s history as they knocked off top ranked, and previously undefeated, Hargrave Military Academy in the semi-finals of the National Prep Championship 86-83.
NMH opened a double digit lead early in the first and was able to keep the lead around that mark for the vast majority of the remainder of the half and the better part of the second.
But as all great teams do, Hargrave would make a run and actually take their first lead of the game when Pittsburgh bound guard Isaiah Epps layed in a finger roll with only two minutes to play in the game.
On the subsequent possession NMH earned a baseline out of bounds play and, after a timeout, Matt Brown perfectly executed a scripted back-cut to give NMH the lead back once and for all.
After NMH earned a stop on the defensive end, Brown would step up again, grabbing the defensive rebound and icing the game at the free-throw line.
Down three, Hargrave had one final chance to send the game to overtime but Epps’ three-point attempt flew over the rim.
Balance was the key for NMH offensively as Hector Harold led the way with 20 points, Laurent Rivard had 19, and Majok Majok 15 including two massive drop step dunks. Brown finished with 9 and Aaron Cosby 8. Epps led the way for Hargrave with 20 while Lorenzo Brown and J.J. Mann each scored 17.
With the win, NMH advances to the National Prep School Championship game tonight at 7:30 vs. the winner of the Brewster Academy/St. Thomas More game.