Seidman leads Wreckers cagers to victory
Published 1:06 am, Friday, February 12, 2010
For the Staples High School boys basketball team, getting hot at the right time is the most important thing.
Fortunately for the Wreckers, they got hot at the right time on Tuesday night. Staples blew a 16-point lead in the second half, but outscored Fairfield Ludlowe 9-5 in the final six minutes to exit with a 56-53 win over the Falcons in Westport.
The Wreckers were led by junior guard Gabe Seidman, who scored 24 points and registered four steals as the Wreckers got their ninth win of the season.
Staples built a huge lead in the first half, led by Seidman's 16 first-half points. The Wreckers went on a 12-0 run with a 3-pointer from Seidman and one as well from Luke Yeager to build a 19-4 lead. Yeager tallied five of his eight points in the first quarter.
"We were in the 1-3-1 zone and it gave them fits," Staples Coach Colin DeVine said.
Ludlowe closed the lead to 21-12, with baskets from Kevin Bentivegna, but Seidman nailed a pair of 3-pointers and one from Yeager built a 32-16 lead. The Wreckers led at halftime, 36-23.
"We're really good on the break," Seidman said.
Ludlowe crawled back into the game by outscoring the Wreckers 14-9 in the third period, and the Falcons opened the fourth quarter with a 8-2 run to take a 48-47 lead after a four-point play by Bentivegna.
"We kind of let our foot off the pedal," Seidman said. "In the second half we were waiting to just let the game end."
But three straight layups off of steals by Yeager lifted the Wreckers to a 53-48 advantage. A pair of baskets cut the Wreckers' lead to one, but Seidman made a layup and Grant Fenton made a free throw that put the Wreckers ahead, 56-53.
"We dug ourselves a hole," DeVine said. "For the first time this year, we dug ourselves out. I think it is a credit to the hard work everyday."
Ludlowe had a chance to tie the game, but center Andrew Kimberly's 3-point attempt hit the front rim and the Wreckers left with the victory.
"We're maturing," DeVine said. "It's a credit to the kids learning to play the game the right way."
Seidman and the Wreckers are excited about their three-game win streak. Staples has another big game for its FCIAC playoff chances when it will play Greenwich tonight at 7 p.m.
"We're getting hot at the right time," Seidman said. "We just need a big home win."