VBB vs. Worcester Academy: CA-83; WA-60

Cushing Academy - 83
Worcester Academy - 60
After the team’s first loss in more than a month, the Cushing Varsity Boys’ Basketball team hit the road again for their final league game of the season on Wednesday afternoon.  The team took the short ride over to Worcester Academy to take on the Rams in a match-up of the top two NEPSAC AA teams and the first meeting between the two of the season.
Coming off the tip both teams were very motivated and neither would take a significant lead in the first half of the game.  The Penguins found themselves in a 2-point deficit at the halftime break with the score 35-33 in favor of the home team Rams.
The second half saw the Penguins hitting on all cylinders for the first time in several games.  The team clicked again and the Penguins were in the driver’s seat for the second half as they outscored the Rams 50-25 in the final stanza.  Leading the way by getting to the paint to score it or capitalize at the free throw line were Isaiah Gray ‘20 (21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and Toby Okani ‘20 (14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists).  Other notable Penguin performances included Bensley Joseph ‘21 (11 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists) and Jack Gumbert ‘20 (10 points on 5 shots). Not only did Gumbert contribute to the point total, he showed his ability to effectively defend in the paint a player who was more than a foot taller than him.
With the 83-60 win, the Penguins end their regular season league play with a perfect 15-0 record to earn the #1 seed in the NEPSAC AA playoffs, which will begin on Wednesday, March 4th.  The Cushing squad does have one more regular season game to play this Saturday, February 29th at 4:00pm in the Watkins Field House when they welcome the Mustangs of Putnam Science Academy from Putnam, Connecticut.  The Mustangs are currently ranked #1 in the nation for prep schools.
Season Record to Date: 23-5

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.