VBB vs. Phillips Exeter Academy: CA-68; PEA-76

Phillips Exeter Academy - 76
Cushing Academy - 68

Riding a 12-game win streak, the Cushing Varsity Boys’ Basketball Penguins headed to Exeter, New Hampshire to take on the Big Red of Phillips Exeter Academy.  Despite the Class A designation, Exeter is a talented and skilled team who upset the Cushing team and ended the Penguins winning streak.

Early on in the game, Exeter showed their above mentioned talent by hitting difficult shots to garner an early lead.  On the other end, Cushing had a difficult time finishing layups and finding the bottom of the net, which resulted in a first half lead for the home team.  This lead was difficult for the Penguins to overcome as they continued to struggle with their ability to finish at the rim as time ticked away in the second half.  Cushing worked hard to hold off their opponents on the defensive end, but Exeter remained disciplined in taking care of the ball and they pounced on any mistakes made by the Cushing squad.  The disciplined effort paid off for the Big Red as they never gave up their lead and sent the Penguins back to Ashburnham with a 76-68 loss.

Scoring for the Penguins -
Toby Okani ‘20 - 20 points
Bensley Joseph ‘21 - 13 points
Alexis Matos-Reyes ‘21 - 11 points
Isaiah Gray ‘20 - 9 points
Malachi Ndur ‘20 - 6 points
Sean Okpoebo ‘20 - 6 points
Daniel Braster ‘20 - 3 points
The Cushing squad will look to rebound from this disappointing loss on Wednesday, February 26th when they travel to Worcester Academy for a 5:00pm tip-off against the Rams.

Season Record to Date: 22-5

Cushing Academy

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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.