Needham came into the Championship game as the #1 seed with the best record in the league at 7-3. However, they were matched up against the hottest team in the league #2 seed Xaverian who were riding a 5 game winning streak, which included 2 back to back wins over Needham prior to the start of the playoffs.
The Championship game had a great intensity level right from the tip that kept up throughout the game. Xaverian jumped out to an early 10-2 lead but Needham clawed back to make it a one possession game by halftime. It remained a back and forth game down to the final minutes when Needham started to make some clutch plays and big shots allowing them to start pulling away. In the final 2 minutes, Needham hit allow of their free throw attempts to seal the victory, ending with a 56-43 win. This caps off a great offseason for Needham, who were also our 2015 Spring League Champions.
We would like to thank all of the teams that participated in the league this season, which included Needham, Xaverian, Norwood, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood. This was another season with no incidents and filled with great basketball. This season had great balance amongst the teams, where every team was capable of pulling out a win against any opponent each week. The players showed great effort and improvement throughout the season and all of the teams have the potential to accomplish great things this varsity season.