HARTFORD >> No defense.
That’s how Windsor coach Ken Smith explained his team’s CCC quarterfinal loss to Maloney.
Windsor, the three-time defending CCC tournament champions, fell to Maloney 79-74 Saturday at Babe Allen Fieldhouse at Bulkeley High School.
The lack of defense was most evident just before halftime. The Spartans went on a 17-2 run to close out the first half, including the final seven points by junior Tracy Rumley, who finished the game with 29.
“He’s good, but we know what he does,” Smith said. “He didn’t hurt us, those other guys hurt us. [Jamel Hamans] and [Michael Guliino] hurt us.”
The Warriors full court press in the second half caused problems for Maloney and created some opportunities. Tynique Woods-Culver converted on a put-back with 4:12 left in the game to pull Windsor to within four, but they couldn’t come all the way back.
Hamans drove, sunk the basket and was fouled just seven seconds later. He made the free throw giving Maloney a 64-57 lead. Jordan Martin then went to the line and made both of his free throws. This was a 7-2 run for the Spartans who outscored Windsor 29-24 in the fourth quarter to advance to the CCC semifinals on Tuesday.
“We don’t have a big guy that’s dominant,” Maloney coach Howard Hewitt said. “We don’t have a guard that’s making threes all over the place, we don’t even have a point guard, we have guys, a lot of guys that can play.”
Windsor hit a couple of three pointers late in the game, but missed some key shots as well.
“I thought Tyler there really hurt us late, more than just the 3s,” Hewitt said. “It seemed like he was going to the basket every time making at least two, maybe three.”
Rowe scored half of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Coming off a game where they made 12 3-pointers, Windsor knocked down nine.
“They hit some from way out,” Hewitt said. “Then late in the game they missed a couple and they ended up being big possessions for us.”
Chaunce Dunbar made some early for the Warriors, including back-to-back 3s in the final minute of the first quarter, at the time tying the game at 14-14.
Richard Leonard made one with 4:29 on the clock in the second to give Windsor their largest lead of the game, 25-22.
Rumley sank two free throws with 3:16 left in the second to give Maloney the lead for good.
“I think our defense is pretty good, it’s gotten us a lot further than we thought it would,” said Hewitt. “We play really good man-to-man defense, we’re just going to try keep going with that and play our rear-ends off.”
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