MILFORD — Foran boys’ basketball coach Tim Swaller talks about being mentally prepared and ready to go. For the first 2 minutes of Friday’s cross-town rivalry game between Foran and Law, the Lions were not playing as Swaller would have liked.
Five 3-pointers later, the Lions were on an 18-3 run, propelling them to a 56-29 victory over the Eagles at Jonathan Law.
The win not only allowed the Lions to sweep the season from their city rivals, but put Foran two games closer to qualifying for the postseason.
“Minus the first 2 minutes where I thought we were flat, I thought we played very well,’’ Swaller said. “We hit some shots early. Once we started hitting the shots, it opened things up. We wanted to push the pace. For the most part, I thought Matt Gomes and our guards did that.”
The Lions (6-8) proved to be too much for Law as the contest wore on. The Eagles shot just 27 percent (6-of-22) in the first half and never extended their early lead.
Law (3-12) took an early 5-0 lead on a 3-pointer by Dylan Vienneau and a bucket by Jeremy Doucette. Unfortunately for Law, the team hit only one more from the field in the quarter, a 3-pointer by Vienneau to cut the deficit to 14-8 with 1 minute, 15 seconds left in the first quarter.
Aside from the three baskets by Law, the opening quarter was all Foran after the 2-minute mark.
Sean Deegan’s 3-pointer gave Foran the lead for good at 6-5, before Matt Gomes nailed consecutive 3-pointers for a 12-5 lead.
The Lions completed the run of five 3-pointers in the quarter when David Enders gave the team a 17-8 lead with 55 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
“We just could not get our offense to work,” Law coach Tim Dooley said. “It has been the story of the season. We have had trouble moving the ball on offense. Then we start to stare.”
The Lions scored the first five points of the second quarter before Louis Birks got Law within 23-10 with 4:34 remaining until halftime. A pair of buckets by Matt Marino closed out the half for Law and Foran led 25-14.
The second half belonged to Bob Notholt, who scored 10 points and provided another option for the Lions. Notholt gave the Lions their biggest leads at 33-14 and 39-18 as a 12-0 run by the Lions turned a competitive game into a rout.
“In the second half, I was more comfortable with my moves,” Notholt said. “This is a huge game. We have a tough week coming up.”
Law, which has lost 9 of 10 games, struggled all night. Aside from hitting on just six shots in the first half, Law went 6 minutes to start the second half without scoring.
“I love this game no matter what the outcome is,” Dooley said of the rivalry. “It is a rivalry game. It is always a good time. I would like to get a win, but we will keep working.”
Notholt led all scorers with 14 points. Gomes added 11, Deegan had eight and Enders and Bill Suech each had seven.
“We are 6-8 and we are playing well,” Swaller said. “Our last three or four games, we have played very well. We just want to continue it and keep playing well.”
Birks led Law with nine points and Vienneau finished with eight.