On January 27th and 28th, Maplebrook School hosted Woodstock Day, Glenholme Academy, and Rumsey Hall schools for our annual Maplebrook Invitational Tournament (MIT) for basketball.

The 2017 MIT was packed with close games, dramatic wins, and a whole lot of fun. All teams were ready and eager to take home a trophy, and in front of a crowd consisting of parents, alumni, staff, and the MBS student body, all players demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and a high level of competitive basketball. Additionally, the MBS cheerleaders did an amazing job keeping spirits high throughout the entire weekend event. They performed a brand-new floor routine for the tournament, wearing new uniforms generously donated by the Park family and using pom-poms provided by the Helfant and Armusewicz families.

The first semifinal game of the tournament on Friday saw Rumsey Hall play a tough game against Woodstock Day School in a competitive match until the end. Ultimately, Woodstock Day would prevail and move on to the finals. The second semifinal match between Maplebrook School and Glenholme Academy turned out to be the best game of the tournament. The MBS Eagles jumped out to an early double digit lead, led by strong 3-point shooting from Ethan Crystal. Glenholme fought back and took an 8 point lead early in the second half. Ransom Larson, the MBS Eagles Athlete of the Month for January, played a superb game and led the MBS Eagles in a comeback with several assists and drives down the lane. The score went back and forth until, with less than a minute left, Glenholme scored the last basket of the game and upset the Eagles by one point.

In spite of the disappointing loss against Glenholme, Maplebrook came back ready to play again Saturday morning, but fell to defeat in the consolation game against Rumsey Hall. The Eagles fought hard, gave their best effort and delighted the home crowd with several 3-point shots, including one shocker of a basket from beyond half-court by senior, Diego Davila—but in the end, these exciting points weren’t quite enough for a victory.  In the championship game at the end of the tournament, Woodstock Day won against Glenholme to earn 1st Place in the 2017 MIT.

Appreciation goes out to all the players, spectators, and cheerleaders who played well, had a great time, and helped others to enjoy this year’s exciting tournament. All of the coaches and referees noted the amazing sportsmanship demonstrated by the teams throughout the weekend.