Wreckers pound Danbury, 76-50
Published 1:03 am, Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Staples boys basketball team kept up its winning ways last Friday at home with a 76-50 victory over Danbury (3-6, 2-5). The Wreckers (4-5, 3-4) have now won four of their last six games, reversing the slow start to the season. Staples continued its recent trend of balanced scoring, led by junior point guard Frank Bergonzi (17 points), and swingman Gabe Seidman (16). Luke Yeager also netted 13, including three 3-pointers, and senior captain Brendan Rankowitz scored 12.
The focal point on offense for the Wreckers was attacking the basket, most notably via the backdoor cut.
Seidman said that this was no fluke, and that Coach Colin Devine had stressed the importance of this play throughout the week. "We work on the backdoor cuts a lot because they are a great way of getting easy points. In practice we have become familiar with when our teammates will execute this play, and it worked out tonight."
A Danbury player ignited the crowd early on with a thunderous dunk, but Staples responded by racing out to a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, and never let the Hatters back into the game.
Junior forward Grant Fenton dominated the paint throughout the game, grabbing tough rebounds and coming up with big baskets to finish with eight points. Junior Jake Felman (six points) also stopped the Hatters attempt to claw back into the game with a few key buckets. But the outside shooting of Yeager was the key to keeping Danbury down.
Yeager credited his teammates for finding him for open looks: "Everyone is really moving the ball around well and Gabe, Frank, and Jake really know when to find me when I'm open. We take our time on offense and just look for the right shot, so when the defense gets impatient and takes risks, that's when we come at them and score."
This was the most complete game that the Wreckers have played this season. Even up by 12 after the third quarter, Staples finished the game with a 25-11 quarter instead of allowing the Hatters to cut into the lead. It was a huge confidence builder for this young team, and they believe there is nothing keeping them from climbing towards the top of the FCIAC. "I think we proved that we can play with almost anybody in this league," said Yeager. "We are starting to click and build up a lot of confidence in ourselves."
The Wreckers played at New Canaan last night after press time and will play at Harding tomorrow at 7 p.m.