— Gavin Muir (@GavinMuir23) February 19, 2019
Beaten at the buzzer last week, the Greenwich High School boys basketball team experienced its own winning moment as time expired on Monday.
And the Cardinals can thank Chris Genaro for that.
With Greenwich trailing Trinity Catholic by two points in the final seconds, Genaro made a 3-pointer from the right corner just before the buzzer sounded, lifting the Cardinals to a 55-54 comeback win in an FCIAC matchup held in Stamford.
On the game-winning play, Greenwich senior forward Billy Nail threw an inbounds pass to Genaro, who came off a screen set by senior center Oliver Milledge. Genaro caught the pass and took an off-balance shot from the right corner, while being tightly defended.
“It was a very difficult situation,” GHS coach Chris Lovermi said. “Billy Nail did a good job of getting the ball to him and Oliver Milledge set a great screen to free him up. That was such an impressive shot Chris Genaro made with several hands in his face.”
Genaro finished the game with eight points and Milledge scored a game-high 21 points. Senior guard Max Steinman contributed 15 points, including three 3-pointers and senior forward Chris Mark had four points.
Outscoring Greenwich 20-7 in the second quarter, the Crusaders went into halftime with a 29-23 lead. Trinity Catholic held a 43-37 advantage after three quarters, but was outscored 18-11 in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore guard Xavier Rulliano scored a team-high 15 points, while sophomore forward Akim Joseph had 14 points for the Crusaders (8-11, 5-10 FCIAC).
Junior forward Rashan Fisher added 14 points for Trinity Catholic, which had a double-digit fourth-quarter lead on the Cardinals.
Trinity Catholic went 13 of 26 from the foul line in the loss.
Milledge ignited Greenwich’s comeback scoring 14 of his 21 points during the second half. Nail made a key 3-pointer with less than one minute remaining in the fourth quarter, bringing the Cards within striking distance.
Since falling to Fairfield Warde at the buzzer in overtime last week, Greenwich beat Danbury, the second-ranked team in the FCIAC, then Trinity.
With one regular season game before it moves on to the Class LL Tournament, Greenwich’s record stands at 11-8 overall. They finished 8-8 against FCIAC competition.
“After we lost that tough game to Warde, we said, ‘let’s see if we can run the table and win the rest of our games,’” Lovermi said. “We’ve had two very good wins in our last two games. I’m so proud of our team, which has faced some adversity. We didn’t play our first home game until the middle of January and we’ve battled through some injuries. I couldn’t be happier with our team.”
Greenwich, which just missed qualifying for the FCIAC Tournament, visits Achievement First Wednesday at 7 p.m.
GREENWICH 55, TRINITY CATHOLIC 54
Chris Genaro 3 0-0 8; Max Steinman 5 2-2 15; Dan Arnold 1 0-0 2; Chris Mark 2 0-0 4; Luis Mercado 1 0-0 2; Billy Nail 1 0-0 3; Oliver Milledge 9 3-3 21. Totals: 22 5-5 55.
Xavier Ruillano 4 4-6 15; Akim Joseph 5 4-11 14; Rassoul Abakar 3 0-0 6; Rahsen Fisher 5 3-5 14; Anthony Anderson 0 2-4; Andrew St. Louis 1 0-0 3. Totals: 18 13-26 55.