Effective 3-point shooting, led to a balanced scoring attack, which resulted in an impressive victory for the Greens Farms Academy basketball team against Brunswick School on Thursday.
Senior guard David Basich scored a game-high 16 points, including two 3-pointers, while freshman guard Andrew Mayock added 13 points with three 3-pointers for the Dragons in their 77-63 win over the host Bruins.
Brunswick, which celebrated its Senior Day, is 8-14 overall and 3-9 in the FAA. The Bruins are the No. 4 seed in the FAA Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, and will visit top-seeded St. Luke’s School at 4:30 p.m. Greens Farms (14-6, 10-2 FAA) is seeded second in the FAA tourney and will host Hamden Hall Country Day School on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
The Bruins, who trailed the Dragons 39-27, at halftime, were paced by junior forward Dan Arnold’s 15 points. Thursday’s matchup marked the final home game for seniors Khari Wilson, Sam Mazzullo, Cedric Lafleur and Kevonne Wilder.
“The season has had a lot of ups and downs,” Wilder said. “Going into the season, we knew we had a lot of potential. We could see that we had a lot of players who could play basketball. As the season went on, we just didn’t capitalize on the little opportunities we had. Today’s game, we just didn’t execute. We came into the game, knowing we had to box out, run and play defense.”
James Sealy scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers, forward Colin Mulshine added 12 points and Henry Caponiti chipped in 10 for the Bruins.
Trailing 22-13, after Mayock swished a 3-pointer with 6:35 to go in the first half, the Bruins closed to within 22-17 on layups by Caponiti and Arnold at the 5:55 mark.
Later in the opening half, the Dragons extended their advantage to 12 points at 39-27 on a pull-up jumper by junior guard Tyrong Holloway and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by senior forward Jack Ramsay.
“Today, offensively, we were patient,” GFA assistant coach Peter Deutsch said. “We moved the ball around the perimeter and found the open man. We had a good inside game, outside game and the guys were hitting their shots.”
The Bruins closed to with 41-34 when Arnold converted a 3-pointer early in the second half and 49-42 on another basket by Arnold. The Dragons regained their double-digit lead, behind 3-pointers from senior Jack Seegers and Mayock. Seegers scored nine points and GFA teammate Sam Maged added 11 points in the win.
Junior guard Tristan Joseph recorded six points for Brunswick, which now focused on the playoffs.
“We have a lot of potential and honestly, believe we can beat any team in this league,” Wilder said. “We have to play our best and hopefully, with a couple of days of practice, we’ll get to our top form.”
GREENWICH BOYS HOCKEY
Coming off a loss against New Canaan, the Cardinals got back on the winning track, defeating Staples, 4-0, at Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday night.
Greenwich scored one goal in the first period and three in the second. Junior forward Jack Hutchins scored the game’s first goal 10:26 into the opening period. Senior defenseman Ryan Columbo assisted on the goal.
Sophomore forward Liam Matthews gave Greenwich a 2-0 lead, tallying off an assist from junior defenseman Ben Bates at the 7:47 mark of the second period.
Junior forward Sam Milazzo made it 3-0 9:48 into the second period. Junior forwards John Cataldo and Dylan Kronengold each assisted on the goal. Hutchins’ second goal came 10:33 into the second period off assists from Columbo and junior defenseman Sean Duffy.
GREENWICH HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL
Visiting Greenwich was edged by Trumbull, 56-50, in the regular season finale for both teams on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals held a 27-23 lead at halftime and the Eagles were ahead at halftime, 37-36, after three quarters of action.
Freshman forward Mackenzie Nelson scored a game-high 29 points to pace Greenwich (14-6), which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end.
Senior forward Ciara Munnelly scored eight points, while freshman guard Ava Sollenne had five points for the Cardinals.
Nelson grabbed six rebounds, to go along with four assists and four steals, while Sollenne added four assists and three rebounds.
Sophomore forward Kelly Martyanov tallied four points and six rebounds and senior guard Jordan Moses had three points for Greenwich, which is the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC Tournament.
Trumbull was powered by junior guard Cassi Barbato’s 17 points. Barbato sparked the Eagles in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points.
Sophomore forward Sarah Stolze had 12 points and sophomore guard Emi Roberto added nine points for the victors.
Greenwich plays fourth-seeded Norwalk in the FCIAC Tournament on Saturday at Staples High School at 5 p.m. Trumbull is the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
“I’m super proud of the work that they have put in to get to this point,” GHS coach Chrys Hernandez said of her team.”