In what was possibly the game of the year in Division II boys basketball, the Pembroke Academy Spartans went on the road and in front of a packed house they beat a good Pelham Pythons team 46-42. This was a VERY physical, hard fought game. The intensity was high, and the gym was PACKED, making for a great atmosphere.
After a back and forth 1st half, Pembroke opened up a 40-28 lead in the 3rd quarter. They made the run thanks to the hot shooting of sophomore guard Patrick Welch (12 points), strong rebounding sophomore forward Kafani Williams (12 rebounds) and a very tough zone defense.
But Pelham answered with a 14-0 run, and after a steal and layup by junior guard Kevin Cheam the Pythons led 42-40. Cheam and Erik Nystrom did a great job of hustling and battling for loose balls and rebounds all game, while Brett Bailey hit the shot that tied the game at 42-42, while Derek Defranzo did a nice job of running the point and playing defense for Pelham while sophomore Jake Vaiknoras hit 4 threes for 12 points.
"We were able to figure out their zone, I'm not going to say how though" joked Pelham head coach Matt Regan. "But by the time we did it was too late."
Matt Persons (11 points) hit a BIG three to put Pembroke back on top 43-42. Williams had hit 3 FT's late and had some big rebounds to seal the win for the Spartans, who improve to 11-2 on the season. Junior point guard Rene Maher also played well for Pembroke.