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Tilton falls short against Brewster once again, 60-56: Wayne Selden out with injury; Ed Cooley in to watch Noel, Sampson

Nerlens Noel, Kaleb Tarczewski

Nerlens Noel is the new No. 1 player in 2012 and is a top priority for most college's recruiting efforts. (Photo: Lucas Shapiro)

From Big East 360

Tilton and Brewster are the consensus top teams in the world of New England Prep basketball and showed us exactly why on Monday as the two teams played another hard fought game. Brewster, just as they did at the 2012 Hoophall Classic, came away with a four point victory by a score of 60-56.

Just as in their win over New Hampton, it was a total team effort for Brewster in the win. Aaron Thomas was again the high man with 19 while Jakarr Sampson notched another double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Semaj Christon continued to show his point-guard prowess with 7 assists while Mitch McGary added 12 points and 7 rebounds.

The difference in the game came with 15 seconds remaining while Joe Bramanti came up with a huge steal for Brewster as they led by just 2 points. The isurance free throws went down and Brewster improved to 28-0 in front of what is believed to be the largest home crowd they have ever had at Brewster.

Tilton hung with the Bobcats thanks in large part to the play of Georges Niang who scored a game-high 35 points. The future Iowa State forward has been a prolific scorer in his four years and joined the 2,000 point club earlier this season.

Nerlens Noel had a typical game for him, scoring 12 points with 8 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Recruiting Angle

The two unsigned prizes in this game were Noel and Sampson and both are top targets of Providence. Head coach Ed Cooley was in attendance once again on Monday, doing the leg work that has already netted him a top recruiting class for 2012.

Cooley is a native New Englander and is beginning to do what few coaches in the region have done: recruit in his own backyard. While many coaches scour the country for talent, they seem to forget that some of the best players in the country are playing up in the woods of New Hampshire and Maine.

Brewster head coach Jason Smith had this to say about Cooley via twitter:

@BrewsterHoops#Providence coaching staff works very hard to develop relationships with the top players in Northeast. Cooley will win in #BigEast.

Cooley has already signed South Kent/Notre Dame Prep/Bishop Hendricken guard Ricardo Ledo and New London guard Kris Dunn, both top 15 players in the class. Adding either Sampson or Noel would easily make this the best class in the country.

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