"There's no tournament at the end of the year," Keatts said. "But, you have to play all those guys. We started No. 2 in the preseason and my kids were a little offended by it and finished strong and we were the best team."
In the championship game against Notre Dame Prep, Lorenzo Wade led the way with 20 points as Hargrave won 92-82. Five Hargrave players scored in double figures. Center Darian Townes went for 19, guard Isaiah Swann had 14 and Stanley Burrell and Emanuel Willis split 24.
"I think Bill Barton and those guys do a heckuva job. That was a good team we played."
Like Keatts said, there is no tournament to determine the prep school champ, but Hargrave's resume stands on its own. Bridgton Academy was the lone school to knock off Hargrave and that happened in December. Since then, Hargrave was perfect and even knocked off Laurinburg in a showcase came at the Greensboro Coliseum in January.
Last season, Keatts was an assistant at Marshall. His return to the prep school ranks put Hargrave back amongst the powers in post-graduate play. "I think it was definitely exciting but it made it easy for me just to have a good group of kids. We had some kids who were committed to the program and it made my first year [back] smooth."
First Piedmont Scoreboard
Hargrave 92, Notre Dame Prep 82 (title game) FUMA 90, Massanutten Military 74 (consolation) Hargrave 112, Massanutten 80 Notre Dame Prep 85, FUMA 76
NEPSAC (New England Prep School) Men's Basketball Playoffs:
Class A (all quarterfinal games are at the Portland Expo) #1 Winchendon vs. #8 Exeter @ Portland Expo 4:00pm #2 Bridgton vs. #7 Worcester @ Portland Expo 8:00pm #3 Brewster vs. #6 South Kent @ Portland Expo 2:00pm #4 St. Thomas More vs. #5 Northfield Mount Hermon @ Portland Expo 6:00pm Class B: #1 Tabor vs. #8 Deerfield @neutral site TBA #2 Tilton vs. #7 Williston @neutral site TBA #3 Loomis Chaffee vs. #6 Wilbraham Monson #4 Trinity Pawling vs. #5 Berkshire Class C: #1St. Andrew's vs. #8 Hyde-CT #2 St. Mark's vs. #7 Nobles #3 Holderness vs. #6 Masters-CT @neutral site TBA #4 Lawrence vs. #5 Brunswick @neutral site TBA Class D-I: #1 Hamden Hall vs. #8 Concord @neutral site TBA #2 Millbrook vs. #7 Pingree @neutral site TBA #3 NYMA vs. #6 Wheeler @neutral site TBA #4 LCA vs. #5 KLHT @neutral site TBA Class D-II: #1 Brimmmer & May vs. #8 BU Academy @ 5pm #2 PCD vs. #7Gann Academy @5pm #3 Berwick vs. #6 St. Marg- McTern @ Wheeler 4:30pm #4 Cape Cod vs. #5 Williams@ Wheeler 4:00pm