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2019 MAPL Basketball Championship

*Regular Season Standings Determine Seeding in MAPL Tournament

Boys' Basketball News- Blair Academy

2019 MAPL All-Select Team Announced- Boys' Basketball

By Jamie McKee 02/22/2019, 1:15pm EST

The All-League selections have been made for the 2018-19 season in Boys' Basketball.

Congratulations to Blair Academy for winning their second consecutive league title, their eleventh overall. A full list of past league champions can be viewed below.

Blair Academy takes home second consecutive MAPL Title

By MAPL Staff 02/11/2019, 1:00pm EST





















Jordan Dingle scored 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and Blair Academy weathered a second-half rally by Hill School to escape with a 65-56 victory to claim the MAPL title at Peddie's Erik B. Hanson Field House on Sunday afternoon. This is the Bucs' fourth crown in the last five years.

Both sides entered the last five minutes at a furious pace. The Blues' Ryan Moffat successfully converted a drive to the hoop while being fouled. He hit the free throw to complete the traditional three-point play, and knotted the score at 48-48 with 4:59 remaining. Dingle answered by hitting a trey from the top of the key at the 4:15 mark to reclaim the lead at 51-48. Twenty-five seconds later Dingle scored on a fastbreak (53-48).

Justin Adedinsewo, the hero in the Blues' last-second win over Lawrenceville, knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing to trim the deficit to 53-51 with 2:42 to go. Dingle again responded with a flashy drive down right side of the paint for two and made it to the stripe to finish the three-point play for a 56-51 advantage at 2:23. In traffic, Adedinsewo floated inside for a bucket to narrow the gap to three, 56-53. The Blues had a chance to tie the game, but Henry Mayen corralled the defensive rebound after a missed 3-pointer.

On back-to-back possessions sandwiched around a Hill turnover, Dexter Akanno (six points) scored five points in a 20-second span to lift the Bucs to a 61-53 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

The Blues did not go away easily as Moffat notched another tradtional three-point play to make it a two possession contest at 61-56 with 43 ticks left. Forced to foul, the Bucs sank 4-of-4 from the stripe down the stretch. Jalen Blakes made both ends of a one-and-one with 34.5 seconds left to cement the victory. For the game, the Bucs were a perfect 14-of-14 from the foul line, while the Blues went 3-for-4.

Besides Dingle's double-digit performance, Jabri Abdur-Rahim finished with 11 including two triples. The Blues had balanced scoring with Caleb Dorsey leading the way with 19 points, Moffatt followed with 16 and Adedinsewo chipped in 10.


Stage set for 2019 MAPL Boys Championship

By Jamie L. McKee 02/10/2019, 8:30am EST

It took until the final seconds  of the night to decide if this year's MAPL Boys' Basketball Championship bout would be a rematch from 2018.  

The Hill School's Justin Adedinsewo delivered the final strike in what was a battle from the beginning in the final Semifinal game of the night against The Lawrenceville School. With 6.6 seconds remaining and the Blues trailing by two, Xavier Mayo (12 pts)  grabbed the rebound on a missed one-and-one, found Adedinsewo who heaved up a prayer beyond the arch.  The shot fell through, the buzzer sounded and the court went into a frenzy as The Hill School defeated the Big Red 63-62. 

The Hill School had four players with double digit point performances in this one ( Gabe Dorsey with 17, Ryan Moffatt (16), Caleb Dorsey (15) and Xavier Mayo (12)) but it is worth noting that Justin Adedinsewo had three points on the night.

The win ensured a 2018 finals rematch with (#1) Blair Academy on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  Blair Academy defeated a feisty squad in fourth-seeded Hun School.  After trailing 18-24 to the Raiders at the end of the first quarter, the Bucs notched up the defense and erupted for 18 points in the second quarter to Hun's 5. 

Jordan Dingle led the stat sheet for Blair Academy with 5 three-pointers and 21 points overall.

This game, along with the 12:00 p.m. Girls' Championship between (#1) Blair Academy and (#2) The Lawrenceville School can been seen via live stream.

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