VBB vs. Winchendon School: CA 79; Winchendon 59

Cushing Academy – 79
Winchendon School – 59
The Cushing Varsity Boys’ basketball team played host to Rt. 12 rival Winchendon School at the Watkins Field House on Wednesday afternoon. It’s been a few seasons since the varsity teams have matched-up against each other, but Winchendon has proven itself to be a hard-nosed basketball team with skilled guard play to go along with strong perimeter shooting. The Penguins were coming off a loss to St. Andrew’s School and looking to get back to their winning ways.
Early in the contest it was a back-and-forth affair between Winchendon and Cushing as Winchendon hit 7 threes in the first half and Cushing led a balanced attack inside and out on the offense. Highlights of the first half included two consecutive steals by Daman Tate to swing the momentum of the game in Cushing's favor. Tate converted one of the steals into an outstanding fast break dunk to bring the home crowd to their feet. Sean Conway hit the only two threes of the half showing he had the hot hand for the Penguins. Cushing was in the lead by 11 moving into the second stanza and maintaining the lead with tough defense. The defensive emphasis was on taking away the Winchendon three pointers as they finished with 12 on the night allowing them to keep the game close. Ethan Menzies, Malachi Ndur, Alexis Reyes, and Daman Tate led the charge on the offensive end by taking advantage of their size and converting layup opportunities. Bensley Joseph continues to impress on the offensive end by making all the right decisions as an intelligent and skilled sophomore point guard. The Penguins ended up winning this one by a score of 79-59.
Scoring for the Penguins:
Ethan Menzies – 15 points
Sean Conway – 13 points
Alexis Reyes – 12 points
Malachi Ndur – 11 points
Daman Tate – 10 points
Kyle Murphy – 8 points
Bensley Joseph – 4 points
Jaden Bobbett – 2 points
Andrew Kirkpatrick – 2 points
Daniel Braster – 2 points
The team will have a busy weekend with games on both Saturday and Sunday. The Penguins will play host to Cheshire Academy at 1:30pm on Saturday, Jan. 26th. Sunday is the third annual NEPSAC AA Classic where there will be six games played between Watkins Field House and Heslin Gym with games starting at 11:00am and ending at 2:15pm. The teams participating in the AA Classic include South Kent, Hoosac, Bradford Christian Academy, Tilton School, MacDuffie School, Lawrence Academy, Cheshire Academy, Worcester Academy, Brimmer & May School, Gould Academy, and Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Cushing’s opponent will be Bradford Christian Academy in the Watkin’s Field House at 12:45pm.
Season Record: 12-3

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.