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After starting the season 2-2, Proctor’s boys’ varsity basketball team suffered a number of injuries contributing in part to the team’s struggles during the month of January. An incredibly challenging NEPSAC Class AA schedule has compounded the frustrations for the young team, but the team is nearly healthy and ready to tackle the second half of its season.
NEPSAC veteran Joel Villa (Bronx, NY) has led the team in scoring thus far, while classmate and veteran CJ Iozza (Concord, NH) has been unable to play since before winter break due to a hamstring injury. First year seniors Jacob Lloyd (Colchester, UK) and Greg Breen (Winchester, MA) have been instrumental in providing poise and leadership on the court, while seniors Jake Erder (Norfolk, CT), Kedron Banks (Dallas, TX), Craig Chalifour (Loudon, NH), and Sean Pinson (Rye, NY) have been invaluable contributors to the team’s growth this season. The remainder of the roster is young, but continues to get valuable experience playing at the highest level in New England as the season progresses. Junior Mekhi Wright-Hopkins (Dorchester, MA), sophomore Julian Roche (Saint John, New Brunswick), and freshmen Tshiefu Ngalakulondi (Manchester, NH) and Drew MacInnis (North Andover, MA) have been crucial pieces of the team’s rotation all season and will be pivotal to the future growth of the program.
With a young squad, head coach Gregor Makechnie knew this season would be filled with challenges, but he is very excited about the trajectory of the program, “Our young guys are getting tremendous experience playing against high level competition day in and day out, and the improvements we have seen in each of their games will pay huge dividends in the near future for our program.” Coming off two games in which the team battled hard and showed marked improvement executing on both ends of the court, Makechnie is excited to see the team’s continued development, “Each day practices get more competitive and we become more and more confident in our ability to compete against the league’s best. Our schedule in February will be a great test for this group to show everyone just how much we’ve improved this year.”
While the team’s next three games are away, February 8th will highlight a 4:00 pm home matchup with AA foe Marianapolis School. Best of luck to the boys’ basketball team during the second half of its season!
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.