BY | March 12, 2018

LYNN — The KIPP Academy boys basketball team fell one game short of winning the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization Championship last season. This year’s team used that loss as motivation throughout the season, and it worked.

Saturday night the Panthers got themselves a second crack at the MCSAO Championship game and this time they brought it home. KIPP knocked off Edward Kennedy, 59-53, in a double-overtime win at Excel Academy in East Boston to avenge last season’s loss. Making things even sweeter for the Panthers is that they gained revenge over Kennedy, the team that beat them in last year’s championship.

Wallace Reed led the Panthers with a 20-point performance. Abdoul Barry added 14 points. Defensively, Dave Filias took three charges while Dominic Jette, who earned the league’s MVP award, and Pius Roberts also played strong defense.

KIPP didn’t take the easy route in this one. On two separate occasions the Panthers fell behind by double digits and it seemed as though Kennedy would run away with the victory. Both times, the Panthers answered the bell with crucial rallies to crawl back in.

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