St. Luke’s ended the Brunswick basketball team’s season came to an end Thursday with a 72-63 loss to in the semifinal round of the FAA Tournament at St. Luke’s in New Canaan.
Top-seeded St. Luke’s advanced to Saturday’s 6 p.m. championship game, where it will host Hamden Hall Country Day School. The Bruins finished their season at 6-16.
Brunswick fell behind 6-0 in the opening minutes of the game and later St. Luke’s 15-7 at the 11:41 mark.
Following a Brunswick timeout, the Bruins went on a 14-6 run to tie the score at 21-21 with 7:37 remaining. Freshman forward Chisom Okpara capped with a basket and sophomore guard Tristan Joseph added five points during the Bruins’scoring spurt.
St. Luke’s went on a 10-2 run, before the Bruins countered with a pair of baskets, making it 31-27 with under four minutes remaining in the first half. The hosts closed out the first half with a 13-6 run, taking a 44-33 advantage into the second half.
In the second half, St. Luke’s went on a 15-7 run to open the frame, extending its lead to 59-40 at the 10-minute mark.
The Bruins answered with an 11-2 burst, trimming the deficit to 61-51, with over five minutes left to play. Colin Mulshine, Okpara and Cedric Lafleur each sank three-pointers during the spurt.
Okpara led the Bruins with a team-high 27 points, as Mulshine added 16. Joseph followed with nine points and Lafleur chipped in seven, as Kevonne Wilder and Henry Caponiti each scored two points apiece.