The Cushing Varsity Boys’ Basketball team headed to Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon to take on the Huskies of New Hampton School. The Penguins and Huskies have historically strong programs and every meeting produces a good game between the two. New Hampton features a strong and experienced AAA lineup and they pose a challenge for any AAA or AA opponent alike.
To start the action on the afternoon, there was back-and-forth scoring from each team. With a slim 2-point lead early on, the Penguins utilized their customary strong defense to push that slim lead into a big lead as they have accomplished so many times this season. The big lead was accomplished through great execution on the offensive end against New Hampton’s man-to-man and zone defenses. The Penguins lit it up from behind the arch hitting four long rangers in the first half, including a beautiful three by Isaiah Gray ‘20 to end the half with Cushing on top by 16 points.
A hot shooting Huskies team easily narrowed the lead in the second half using their aggression on the offensive end. Cushing responded to the New Hampton aggression by playing physically themselves to catalyze the Penguin scoring by getting to the rim and taking advantage of baskets in transition as well as second chance points. Nearing the end of the game, the Huskies put on a press and the game sped up to where the Huskies used the press success to attack the rim and rebound missed shots to finish plays. The hustle of the New Hampton squad dwindled the Cushing lead to 6 points before Cushing put their foot down, broke the press, and made defensive stand after defensive stand. Cushing sealed the deal for their victory with a Malachi Ndur ‘20 dunk in transition, free throws by Bensley Joseph ‘21 and Isaiah Gray, and Alexis Matos-Reyes’ ‘21 ability to break the press and get inside the paint. The Penguins took home their sixth straight victory with the 78-68 win over the Huskies.
The Cushing team will play their third straight AAA team this Wednesday, February 5th when they welcome the Hoggers of Northfield Mount Hermon School to the Watkins Field House for a 4:30pm tip-off.
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