An 18-point performance by Chisom Okpara and solid defensive play lifted the Brunswick School basketball team to a hard-fought 49-46 win over Hopkins School in an FAA game held at Dann Gymnasium on Wednesday.
The Bruins (4-12, 3-8) FAA, who are battling for one of the final spots in the rapidly approaching FAA Tournament, received 11 points from freshman forward Henry Caponiti and eight points from forward Colin Mulshine.
Leading 27-25 at halftime, the Bruins extended their advantage on Mulshine’s putback, and back-to-back baskets off offensive rebounds by Okpara. A basket off an up-and-under move by Okpara put the Bruins ahead, 35-27 with 12:40 remaining.
Sam Mazullo’s layup with 6:30 left to play, gave Brunswick a 46-38 lead, but Hopkins cut into the Bruins’ advantage.
Hopkins’ David Burton’s 3-pointer from the right side, brought the Hilltoppers to within 49-46 with less than one minute remaining.
Forward Colin Gernhardt scored 15 points for Hopkins, while teammate Michael Lau added 10 points. Guard Aidan Reilly contributed four points, while guard Tristan Joseph played solid defense and helped the Bruins move the ball with solid passing.
GREENWICH ACADEMY BASKETBALL
Senior guard Olivia Davis’ game-high 25 points powered Greenwich Academy to a 55-52 victory over visiting Millbrook School.
Junior guard Francesca Sileo scored 17 points and made four 3-pointers to also spark the Gators offensively.
“It was a total team effort,” GA coach Wes Matthews said. “They got off to a 10-0 lead, but we did a great job of coming back. Olivia Davis helped us get a lead in the first half and Francesca (Sileo) made some big shots.”
Matthews credited forward Caroline Schmitz for grabbing key rebounds and guard Tyler Gray for her effective defensive play.
Up next for Greenwich Academy (5-12) is a home game against FAA rival St. Luke’s School — the top team in the FAA.
“Friday’s game will be a good test for us,” Matthews said. “We are excited with how we are playing, things are beginning to come together nicely for us.”
GREENWICH ACADEMY HOCKEY
Taft School used a big second period in registering an 8-2 home win over Greenwich Academy in a NEPSAC game held in Watertown on Wednesday.
Liz Barre recorded a hat trick for Taft, which scored four goals during the second period.
“They are a strong team,” GA coach Erin Brawley said. “We worked hard and gave a good effort, it should have been closer. It just didn’t go our way.”
Barre scored the game’s first goal at the 14:54 mark of the first period, then Ally Trimper made it 2-0 with 58 seconds left in the opening period.
Kristina Cornelio gave Taft a 3-0 lead with nine minutes togo in the second period. Bobbi Roca got GA on the board, tallying with 8:42 left in the second period. Barre added two more second-period goals.
Hamilton Doster scored GA’s second goal late in the third period, with Grace Schulze and Cameron Brower setting up the tally.
SACRED HEART BASKETBALL
The Tigers ran their record to 14-4 with a 66-20 triumph over Capital Prep in a non-conference game held on Tuesday.
Senior center Sarah Eckerson tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists to pace Sacred Heart. Junior guard Leah Atkins had 12 points and eight steals, while freshman Olivia Caponiti notched nine points, six rebounds and three assists in the winning effort.