Darien's Scott named Coach of the Year after guiding GFA basketball team to 24-2 mark
Updated 7:56 pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Put up a 24-2 record, sweep your way to a seven-state regional championship and people will start to take notice. Accordingly, Greens Farms Academy was well represented in the All New England Prep School, Class C boys basketball awards.
6'9" center Sean Obi (Anambra, Nigeria) was named NEPSAC Class C Player of the Year. Shooting guard Hunter Eggers (Greenwich) was named to the All New England Second Team and sophomore Zach Baines (Stamford) received an Honorable Mention.
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In addition to the New England Championship, the Dragons won both the Fairchester Athletic Association regular season and postseason tournament titles.
Being one of the smallest schools in the FAA had traditionally made it difficult for the Dragons to be competitive in league play. Three seasons ago, GFA went 1-14 in the FAA. That started to change in the summer prior to the 2010-11 season. Scott took over coaching duties, and Sean Obi arrived from Nigeria shortly thereafter. With Obi and Eggers as sophomores and the state's leading scorer, Dan Chase (Weston), GFA posted its best FAA record ever at 7-7.
In 2011-12, Chase moved on to college ball at Colby, but GFA picked up Tate, Ryan and Baines and got an All FAA Honorable Mention performance from senior Brien Comey (Westport). GFA improved to 11-3 and a second place finish in FAA play. As a result, the Dragons were the No. 4 seed in the New England tournament.
This winter, despite losing Comey who is now playing college ball at Kenyon College, GFA went 13-1 in the FAA and 24-2 overall. The team was ranked No. 1 in New England Class C all season long by www.maxpreps.com computers, and was awarded the No. 1 seed in the NEPSAC tourney.
GFA justified its rankings by finishing the season on an 18-game winning streak, picking up three gym championship banners and a trophy case full of individual awards.