GLASTONBURY>>Simsbury made it interesting in the end, but couldn’t come all the way back as Glastonbury spoiled E.J. Crawford’s 1,000th-point game in a 75-71 victory at Glastonbury High School.
“It’s good to reap some rewards, we’ve been playing well,” Glastonbury coach Jim Vaughan said.
The Trojans, down by as much as 12 early in the game, attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter getting as close as two with 31.4 seconds left to play on a pair of free throws by Crawford. But Simsbury failed to get the stop it needed, dropping just its fourth game of the season.
Then with 8.5 seconds remaining, Simsbury’s Rayon Christie nailed a 3 from the corner and was fouled on the shot. The sophomore hit the free throw for a four-point play.
The Trojans were forced to foul putting Jalen Ollie at the line to seal the deal. He hit both and the long inbounds pass was intercepted, allowing the Tomahawks (10-7) to dribble out the final 7.3 seconds and securing their 10th win of the year.
“I thought we had five chances to put the game away and Simsbury (15-4) never went away,” Vaughan said.
Crawford, a junior, came into tonight’s contest five points shy of 1,000 for his career. His first three points of the night came from the charity stripe, putting him one basket to reach the milestone. With 18 seconds on the clock in the first quarter, Crawford drove through the center of the lane and put up a runner for his 1,000th point.
“One thousand points is impressive and for him to do it in a little over two years is even more impressive,” Simsbury coach Greg Stillman said. “I’ve coached for eight years and I havent had anybody come close to 1,000 points.”
After a brief stoppage for his teammates to congratulate him, Crawford sunk a free throw as he was fouled on the play.
“My team helped me a lot with it by giving me the ball,” said Crawford, who led all scorers with 27 points. “I’m comfortable and just making shots, I just wish we came out with the win.”
Glastonbury meant business from the opening minutes. Maxwell Hummel and Christian Porydzy each hit a triple before the Trojans would get on the board.
Christie got Simsbury to within four in the first half with 3:51 left in the second, but just 17 seconds later Hummel hit his second 3-pointer of the game. The Trojans went on a 9-3 run to close the half down just six.
“This was a great test for us,” Stillman said. “It’s tough coming here and beating Glastonbury; they were obviously ready to go and played very well.”
Glastonbury proved they were the better team all night.
Coming out of the break, the Tomahawks went on a 13-7 run capped by a three from Ollie, who finished the game with 24 points and a number of slick moves around the basket.
JB Hayes drained a three as time expired in the third to pull Simsbury within four. Christie hit his second 3 of the game pulling the Trojans to within three points, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.
Simsbury is still mathematically in the hunt for the top seed in next week’s CCC tournament with New Britain falling to East Hartford Friday night.