HAMDEN >> On Feb. 14, the Hamden hall boys basketball team earned its biggest win of the season, coming from behind to beat Greens Farms Academy in overtime at home.
That win allowed the Hornets to gain the No, 2 seed in the Fairchester League tournament and host a potential semifinal rematch. That rematch came on Thursday afternoon.
This time, it was a far different outcome. Cole Prowitt-Smith scored a game-high 28 points and Sunday Okeke added 27 as third-seeded Greens Farms defeated No. 2 Hamden Hall 83-57 at the Beckerman Athletic Center.
“They beat us in every aspect of the game. They outhustled us, they outrebounded us, they made a lot of great shots. No excuses, no excuses,” Hamden Hall coach Dave Beckerman said.
Prowitt-Smith, just a sophomore, made five three-point shots and Okeke, who will play at Wake Forest next season, added 14 rebounds.
“That team is bigger than us, longer than us, more athletic in every spot except for Sunday and that’s kind of a wash,” Greens Farms coach Doug Scott said. “We had to execute the plan to get the spacing and the movement, take the angles, which is easier said than done. Last time around we didn’t do it. … It was one of those things where a loss sometimes helps a coach.”
An incident occurred immediately after the game ended. One of the Greens Farms players made an alleged profane remark to Beckerman while the two teams were shaking hands.
“We were walking through (the line) to shake hands and this kid turned around and said (the alleged profanity). I said, ‘What?’ and I yelled at him. I never touched him, I screamed at him yes, but I would never touch him.”
Greens Farms athletic director Tauni Butterfield was across the court from the benches and came out of the stands to help with the incident. Butterfield said she saw Beckerman bump the player.
“Sunday came over to me and apologized for his teammate because he heard him use the profane language, which I thought was very classy move on the kid’s part,” Beckerman said.
Butterfield said she didn’t hear the alleged remark but would follow up and have him apologize for the remark. Her hope was that Beckerman will apologize, too.
“The correct thing to do would have been to walk away, not touch our player,” Butterfield said.
Both Butterfield and Hamden Hall athletic director David Doyle said they would speak with one another on the matter today.
“We pride ourselves here on being good sportsmen in doing the right things. This happened to be a very, very unfortunate circumstance at the end of a fairly goods semifinal game for a half,” Doyle said.
Hamden Hall (17-6) fell behind by double digits a couple of times in the first half, but only trailed by eight (41-33) at halftime,
But the Hornets drew no closer than six in the second half.
Greens Farms will face reigning Fairchester champion and top seed St. Luke’s Saturday in New Canaan for the title. Hamden Hall now waits to see if it receives a bid to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class C tournament. Those bids will be awarded on Sunday.
Dan Draffan finished with 18 points and T.J. Rountree added 16 for Hamden Hall.
GREENS FARMS 83, HAMDEN HALL 57
Greens Farms 41 42 – 83
Hamden Hall 33 24 – 57
GREENS FARMS (83)
Evan Roteman 2 0-0 4, Cole Prowitt-smith 10 3-4 28, Teddy Brown 0 0-0 0, Mack Muller 0 0-0 0, Greg Lawrence 5 3-6 13, Henry Holzinger 3 0-0 9, Brady Renolds 1 0-0 2, Sunday Okeke 10 7-10 27. Totals: 31 13-20 83
HAMDEN HALL (57)
Dan Draffan 7 4-6 18, TJ Rountree 6 2-5 16, Chris Wright 1 0-0 2, Vin Baker 5 0-0 11, Andrew Rice 3 2-4 8, Avery Brown 0 2-2 2. Totals: 22 10-17 57
3-point goals: Greens Farms 8 (Prowitt-smith 5, Holzinger 3); Hamden Hall 3 (Rountree 2, Baker 1); Records: Hamden Hall 17-6