TERRYVILLE >> No. 2 Terryville (21-2) played its own game for the first four minutes of a Class S Quarterfinal boys basketball game against No. 10 Bloomfield (14-7) at Terryville High School Friday night.
Then the bottom dropped out — and kept falling to a 72-41 final thud against a big Warhawk team that gained control of the backboards, dashed upcourt at warp speed and glued themselves to the three Terryville guards who dazzled the Berkshire League all season.
“It all fell apart quickly,” said Terryville coach Mark Fowler.
The Warhawks knocked Northwestern out of the Class M quarterfinals a year ago, then fell to eventual state champion Valley Regional in the semis.
This year was up-and-down in the CCC for a team that Coach Gary Barcher describes as “a wild group” who can forget all about spacing in the heat of a game.
Nevertheless, at their best, the Warhawks beat teams like Capital Prep, East Hartford and Hartford Public and stayed close to others.
Then they finished the regular season with three straight losses.
In the second round of the tournament, a 54-51 win, Bloomfield got 25 offensive rebounds to 22 defensive boards by University and needed all of them for multiple tries at the basket.
At Terryville, both teams did an early turn-around.
Kangaroo junior guard Shea Tracy (team-high 13 points) started the game with a three, gunned a great pass to Zach Graham for a layup and finished a fast break.
With three minutes off the clock, Terryville led 7-0, the Warhawks couldn’t hit their shots and the Kangaroos held their own on the boards.
Coach Barcher called time out.
“I didn’t want them to find their rhythm or let the crowd into it,” he said.
Seconds later, 6-foot-6 junior Tyrique Jones slammed home an alley-oop dunk for the Warhawks.
“I think that dunk let us out,” said Barcher.
Suddenly, the Warhawks were the shooters and Terryville wasn’t.
Bloomfield guards Mark Reaves (12 points) and Chancie Williams (20 points) nailed threes around a fast break by Reaves off a Terryville turnover.
When 6-foot-3 forward B.J. Stewart (game-high 21 points) got involved, the Warhawks were on their way.
“We just ran into a buzz saw tonight,” said Coach Fowler. “They were a little too athletic for us; it was tough to get open and keep up their pace.”
The three Terryville guards — Tracy, Jake Johnson (11 points) and Tyler Trillo (7 points) — put on shooting clinics all year.
Friday, they rushed shots with Warhawks in their faces and went cold.
“We kept waiting for the next one to drop in,” said Coach Fowler.
“They just did everything well,” said Tracy.
Down 13-7, Kangaroo Jeff Dupaul started the second quarter with a Terryville three.
Then the Warhawks shifted gears for a 29-3 run to the half.
Bloomfield’s Williams, the fastest of the fast, had 14 of the Warhawk points in the second half and still clung to the main mission.
“We just needed to play good D; that was the key,” he said.
Bloomfield led 42-13 at the half.
Re-ignition of the Terryville three wasn’t likely to save this one.
Barcher wasn’t convinced.
“We scouted them and they’re the best shooters I’ve seen,” he said.
Early in the third quarter, Johnson raced for a fast break; Trillo connected outside.
This time, the opponent was too big, too close, too fast.
The Warhawks led 51-26 after three quarters, then romped home in the fourth.
Bloomfield faces No. 3 Sacred Heart in the semifinals. The Hearts were ranked fourth in the state in the latest GameTimeCT poll.
“I think (Bloomfield) will give them a good run,” said Coach Fowler.
“I would just like for both teams to play well,” said Coach Barcher. “If we do, it could be a classic.”
No. 10 Bloomfield 72, No. 2 Terryville 41
At Terryville High School
Bloomfield 13 29 9 21 – 72
Terryville 7 6 13 15 – 41
Terryville (41): Tyler Trillo 2-2-7; Ian Schmidt 0-0-0; Luke Boylan 0-0-0; Shea Tracy 5-0-13; Jacob Johnson 5-0-11; Rich Moschini 0-0-0; Sean Huria 0-0-0; Jeff Dupaul 2-0-6; Zach Graham 2-0-4; Ariel Batista 0-0-0. Totals: 16-2-41.
Bloomfield (72): Tyrique Jones 1-0-2; Mark Reaves 5-1-12; Michael Sagay 6-0-12; Clive Clunie 0-1-1; Omar Brooks 0-0-0; Jalon Bryan 1-0-2; Joshua Moore-Henry 0-0-0; B.J. Stewart 6-8-21; Quindell Knighton 0-0-0; Jordan Pruitt 1-0-2; Chancie Williams 6-6-20; Desmond Mathis 0-0-0. Totals: 26-16-72.
3 – point goals: T – Tracy 3; Dupaul 2; Johnson; Trillo. B – Williams 2; Stewart; Reaves.
Records: Bloomfield 16-7 Terryville 22-2.