WESTPORT — While Staples continued to slide through the first half of the season on an eight-game losing streak, sophomore guard Jake Thaw was sidelined with an ankle injury.
But when rival Greenwich came to town — winners of two out of its last three games — Thaw was no longer stuck on the bench.
Thaw sparked the Wreckers offense with a team-high 12 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds as Staples won its second game of the season, knocking off the Cardinals 51-39.
“These guys on the team and these coaches put a lot of trust in me,” Thaw said, who injured his ankle during football season. “And that really made me feel comfortable and I never felt like I was away from the game.”
After trailing at the half, Greenwich came out on a 7-0 run to take the lead. But the Cardinals were unable to stop the dribble penetration of Thaw and the rest of the Wreckers as they were unable to shut the door, Greenwich coach Phil D’Amato said.
“We didn’t finish,” he said. “We had layups and we didn’t convert. We talked about stopping their dribble-drive at halftime. We were able to stop (Max) Sussman and (Luke) Murphy, but then their other guards attacked and we weren’t in good spots.”
Greenwich was led by senior guard Elias Gianopoulos, who finished with a game-high 14 points.
But even during the run from the Cardinals, Staples never got down on themselves, Wreckers coach Colin Devine said.
“We have a next play mentality,” he said. “The kids really responded tonight. They played with confidence and I thought we played both ends of the floor.”
The team responded in a big way after the Greenwich run, scoring 18 points in the final quarter to salt the game away. Senior Ben Pearl said the game came down to one thing.
“It’s all about energy,” he said. “It’s all about hustle and it’s all about hard work. We did and the execution was there tonight, and we came out with the win.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
After coming back from an ankle injury and joining the starting lineup, sophomore Jake Thaw led the Wreckers with a team-high 12 points along with four assists and two rebounds.
PAL FOR THE NIGHT
The game was sponsored by the Westport PAL 6th grade team that played a scrimmage during halftime and also handed out t-shirts prior to the game.
“We kind of showed that we’re a really physical team. We’re not going to back away from anyone.” — Staples sophomore Jake Thaw on the toughest of his team after knocking off Greenwich for the win.
STAPLES 51, GREENWICH 39
GREENWICH 15 6 9 9—39
STAPLES 13 12 8 18—51
Mekhi Samb 1 0-0 2; Elias Gianopoulos 5 2-3 14; Matt Robins 1 0-0 2; Jackson Trimmer 1 0-2 3; Billy Nail 2 0-0 4; Oliver Milledge 3 0-2 6 Gavin Muir 2 1-2 6 Christopher Genaro 0 0-0 0 Aidan Munnelly 0 2-2 2 Charlie Zeeve. Totals: 15 5-11 39.
Luke Murphy 1 0-0 2 Ben Pearl 0 9-10 9 A.J. Konstanty 5 0-2 10 Max Sussman 2 1-2 6 Tristan Hochman 0 0-0 0 Stedman van Arsdale 3 2-2 8 Jake Thaw 3 6-9 12 Evan Vishno 0 1-2 1 Sam Maged 1 0-0 3. Totals: 15 19-27 51.
3-pointers: G—Gianopoulos 2, Muir, Trimmer; S—Sussman, Maged.
Fouled Out: G— Muir, Nail
Highlights: G— Mekhi Samb had five rebounds. S— Stedman van Arsdale had eight points. A.J. Kostanty had 10 points and two blocks.