GREENWICH — The Stamford trio of Tevin St. John, Lovell Staton and Jelani Jackson was just too much for the Greenwich High School boys basketball team to handle in Monday night’s FCIAC matchup.
Staton scored a team-high 17 points, St. John poured in 14 points and Jackson added 12 to propel the visiting Black Knights past the Cardinals, 58-46.
The win upped Stamford’s record to 2-0. The Black Knights beat Joel Barlow in their season-opener.
The game was Greenwich’s season-opener and marked the coaching debut of Phil D’Amato in the team’s newly renovated gymnasium.
Elias Gianopoulos and Matt Robins had 12 points apiece, while Oliver Milledge added 10 for the Cardinals.
The Black Knights had a 25-15 halftime advantage, behind 10 points from St. John, a senior forward.
His layup off a steal gave Stamford a 17-11 edge, then Jackson, a senior guard, swished a 3-pointer from the left side, giving the visitors a 20-11 lead.
Milledge scored six first-half points for the Cardinals, who had to work hard to get good shots against the Black Knights’ aggressive man-to-man defense.
For almost four minutes of the third quarter the teams combined for three points — a 3-pointer by junior guard Staton, putting Stamford on top, 28-15. St. John made it a 15-point game with 3:40 to go in the third quarter, converting a layup in traffic. Jackson drove hard to the hoop and scored, putting Greenwich in a 32-15 hole.
Four straight points from senior Robins, a forward, cut Stamford’s lead to 32-19, before the visitors entered the final quarter leading 37-23.
A basket in the low post by Milledge, coupled with Gianopoulos’ sliced the Cards’ deficit to 37-27, prompting a Stamford timeout. The Cards came to within eight points in the fourth quarter, which saw them score 23 points, the combined total of the first two quarters. But the visitors used clutch free-throw shooting and solid defensive play to seal the win. Robins and Gianopoulos paced Greenwich offensively in the second half.
Stamford took an 11-7 lead into the second quarter. The Black Knights led, 7-1, three minutes into the opening quarter on a fastbreak layup from St. John. Greenwich closed to within 7-5 on a putback from forward Mekhi Samb and a layup by Milledge with 3:00 left in the opening quarter.