FAIRFIELD -- The Staples Wreckers came in to Saturday night's game focused on beating the Bassick Lions, who they lost to earlier this season by only four points.

Led by stand-out Gabe Seidman, the Wreckers put up a vailiant effort against Bassick,before losing, 83-70. Seidman's 19 points helped the Wreckers stay close to Bassick and its high-flying, run-and-gun offense. Luke Yeager's clutch 3-point shooting (4 treys) pulled Staples to within nine points late in third and fourth quarters. Yeager ended the game with 18 points.

Staples kept up with Bassick in the first quarter down only three at 18-15. In the second quarter, Bassick's Anthony Allen took off and propelled Bassick for 19 more points as Staples managed to only get 13 points. The Lions led 37-28 at the half.

Bassick won the up and down third quarter and led 60-48 going into the fourth quarter behind Allen and his tremendous dunking ability.

"It was tough (defending Allen)" Wreckers Coach Colin Devine said. "But I thought we did a good job. We all did a good job."

Seidman and Yeager and company couldn't come close enough to Bassick in the fourth as Bassick quickly pulled ahead after back to back turnovers late in the fourth.

Despite the early exit in the FCIAC tournament, the Wreckers are focused on Amity, who will likely be their Class LL Tournament opponent.