Blair’s varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams won their respective Mid Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championships on February 10 at Peddie School. The girls defeated Lawrenceville 76-47, winning their ninth-straight conference title, while the boys overcame Hill 65-56, marking the team’s fourth conference title in five years.
The girls posted an all-around team effort led by Camille Clarin ’19, who broke her own School record by hitting 11 three-point shots (10 was her previous record set earlier this season). Camille’s 33 points helped the Lady Bucs dominate most of the game with no signs of stopping.
“Camille is our captain and leader, and she is committed to our team’s success,” said head girls’ varsity coach Quinten Clarke ’87. “It is not easy to defer to younger players, but she has pushed her ego aside for the good of the team, and it is only fitting that she is the star in our MAPL championship game. It is gratifying and rewarding to work with such a cohesive and dedicated group of athletes. While we are very young, I have been impressed with the mature way we have approached an extremely difficult schedule this year and the way the girls have stuck together through adversity.”
The varsity boys defended their title as MAPL champions with their win over Hill. In this thrilling game, Jordan Dingle ’19 led the team’s offense by dropping 22 points, and he played with grit on the defensive end, too. Jabri Abdur-Rahim ’20 notched the second-highest point total with 11. In this back-and-forth match up, Blair remained persistent in the final moments, making key defensive steals and offensive plays.
"I thought we played at a high level on Saturday versus a strong Hun team, and then on Sunday, we survived a very physical game versus a scrappy Hill team,” said head boys’ varsity coach Joe Mantegna. “Jordan scored more than 20 points in each game, and our seniors finish undefeated in MAPL regular season and tournament play for their final two years."
Both teams enter the NJISAA state tournament as #1 seeds. They will play in the semifinal round on Monday, February 18.