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Boys’ Varsity Basketball Defeats St. Andrew’s School to Become NEPSAC Class AA Champions

Alexandra Molloy
In an impressive display of determination and skill, Boys’ Varsity Basketball returned to the Hill with a championship title in hand. Last year, the team fell just short of the championship and sought to claim the title this season.
In the quarterfinals, the #1 seeded Boys' Varsity Basketball played #8 seeded Kimball Union Academy (NH) at home. Tilton got off to a fast start and went to the locker room at the half up 60-33. Marcus Zegarowski ‘18 was the early catalyst and Sam Okauru ’19 hit five threes to help build the advantage. The 98-66 win qualified the Rams for the semifinal game against South Kent School.
In the semifinal game, the Rams led 52 to 44 at the half. South Kent battled back to take the lead but Tilton refused to give up. Zegarowski hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie the game with one second left and sent the game into overtime. It would take double overtime before the Rams were able to put the game away in a 118-116 win.  Marcus Zegarowski ’18 came away with a career-high 57 points while his brother Max Zegarowski ’18 scored his 1,000th point while at Tilton School.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball was joined on the road by a fan bus for the championship game against St. Andrew’s School at Rhode Island College. The crowd provided the energy and enthusiasm needed to keep the team in high spirits and driving forward. After a hard-fought first half, the Rams went into the locker room down by 1. Tilton came out for the second half reinvigorated by an exuberant fan section who stormed the court as the buzzer sounded and the Rams were awarded the NEPSAC Class AA Championship.
This round of playoffs was full of excitement, fantastic displays of athleticism, determination, and skill, and enthusiastic support from the Tilton School community.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball finished the season with a record of 28-4-0.

Photos by Peter Lowenstein '18