On February 2nd, the boy’s thirds basketball team resumed their season against the Eaglebrook School after having games against Loomis and Avon cancelled. Tip off was at 5pm in the Hale Gymnasium. After coming back from a 10-point 4th quarter deficit to send the game to overtime, the team were outscored 3-2 in the extra session to drop a heartbreaker, 45-44. With the loss, the team’s record now stands at 2-5, with six games remaining. Deerfield got out of the gate quickly in the 1st quarter, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. EBS responded with a 7-0 run to trail 8-7 after the 1st quarter and continued their run into the 2nd quarter, eventually attaining a 13-8 lead. The 2nd quarter remained tight, with EBS taking a slim 21-18 lead at half-time. The 3rd quarter was dominated by EBS, as they outscored Deerfield 14-7 to lead 35-25 going into the 4th quarter. Instead of conceding, Deerfield buckled down to outscore EBS 17-7 in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 42. With :02 left in the 4th quarter, EBS was inbounding the ball underneath their own basket, but turned it over, giving Deerfield a chance to win in regulation, but they were unable to get a shot off. In overtime, an early Hawk Okpokwasili ’25 basket gave Deerfield a 2-point lead. EBS made one of two free throws to cut the lead in half, then converted another one of two shortly afterwards to tie the game back up at 44. Lock Grigsby ’25 came up with a big block with 1:04 left in overtime to preserve the tie. On the ensuing possession, Justin Ahn ’24 missed a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining that might have sealed the game. EBS brought the ball down the court and were fouled with :06 on the clock. They made one shot to take the lead and Deerfield were unable to get a good look at the basket before time ran out. Deerfield were led by Ephraim Tutu ’24 with 12 points and Jonny Scagel ’25 with 11 points, including 9 in the 2nd half – the first time all season that two players were in double figures. The team will be back in action after the long winter weekend, with a 4:30 tipoff on the road against the Williston Northampton School on 2/9.