Mount Hermon, MA 01354
From Interstate 91: Take Exit 28A if you are traveling north, Exit 28 if you are traveling south, and follow Route 10 north for 2.8 miles. The Northfield Mount Hermon School entrance is on your right. Proceed up the drive following signs to the Admission Office. Visitor parking is beside Bolger House.
Kualim Johnson '21 scored a season-high 26 points as Marianapolis produced a furious second-half rally to defeat Northfield Mount Hermon in a thrilling early-season contest at Northfield, Massachusetts.
Johnson scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half, including a rebound off a missed free throw with under two minutes remaining to give the Golden Knights a 55-53 lead. Free throws by Lucas Yash '20, Danny Moors '20, and Ryan Martin '20, along with solid defense on the other end, allowed Marianapolis to escape with the victory.
Ehmil Johnson '21 added 12 points while Yash scored all 10 of his points in the second half on a series of spectacular drives to the basket.
After the long ride up to Northfield, Marianapolis struggled to find its footing in the first half. A late run by Northfield widened their lead to 33-19 at the break. And things looked even bleaker when a miscommunication on the in-bounds pass to start the second half led to a Northfield 3-pointer and a 17-point deficit at 36-19.
But no one on the side of the Golden Knights bench panicked. The squad instituted a full-court press to speed things up; and, this, combined with an incredible defensive rebounding performance, jumpstarted a remarkable 33-8 run that culminated with a Yash layup with about 4 minutes left in the game for a 52-44 advantage.
Predictably, to Northfield's credit, though, they had one more run left in them. Three consecutive three-pointers in a two-minute span gave the home team a 53-52 lead in the waning moments, before Kualim Johnson's second-chance bucket provided the winning margin.
Marianapolis (2-0) looks to put together a strong week of practice before hitting the court on Tuesday, December 10, at Worcester Academy for a 5:00 tip.