Brunswick boys basketball edge GFA
Updated 8:10 pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2016
WESTPORT — There was a complete clash of styles between the Brunswick and Greens Farms Academy boys basketball teams that took the court on Wednesday evening. The Bruins like to let fly from deep with their pack of 3-point shooter, while the Dragons are a more balanced outfit with a devastating frontcourt that possesses size and strength.
The two went toe-to-toe for all 32 minutes and the game was tied at 65 with less than a minute left. Brunswick then had multiple opportunities to win the game from the foul line and took full advantage.
Converting all six foul shots in the final 55 seconds, the Bruins notched a big FAA win, 71-68, over the Dragons on their own court. Brunswick hit 13 triples in the game including nine in the first half, and didn’t buckle under pressure from the charity stripe.
“And on the road too; I was very proud of them,” said Bruins coach Robert Taylor. “Cam (Kelly) stepped up and made key free throws. It was nice to see.”
Charlie Sealy hit a pair of free throws to give Brunswick to give the visitors a 67-65 lead, and Kelly hit another two to push the lead to 69-65 with 20 seconds left. GFA junior Dom Cristiano - who led all scorers with 25 points - hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to give the Dragons hope, but Kelly hit two more shots and a desperation game-tying triple fell short.
The Dragons (7-8) committed fouls at inopportune times down the stretch,.
“Our end of game needs an upgrade, we’ll hopefully learn from the mistakes and move on,” said GFA coach Doug Scott. “We have to do better at knowing the time and situation, knowing when to foul and when not to foul. Give them credit: they shot the ball well and we didn’t adjust to it early enough.”
The Bruins’ 3-point barrage got them out to a seven-point lead in the first half. Teammates Will Marvin and Aaron Sobato each hit four 3-pointers in the first 16 minutes. Sobato nailed one as time expired in the first half to give the Bruins a 37-31 lead.
“We’re not the biggest team, but we have excellent shooters,” Taylor said. “I’ve been seeing it in practice all season; it was nice to see them shoot like this. I call it normal shooting.”
GFA adjusted after the break and finally tied the game at 54-54 with 6:42 left. The teams went back-and-forth until the closing stages, and Brunswick (6-10) prevailed to improve to 5-4 in the FAA.
Dragons junior Sunday Okeke scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half. Marvin, Sobato and Nacho Nwana all scored 15 points for the Bruins, who, despite a lack of size compared to the hosts, were not pushed around on the boards.
“When you’re little you have to scrap,” Taylor said.
Both teams are fighting for seeding for the FAA tournament, which begins Feb. 24. The teams will square off in the regular season finale Feb. 18 in Greenwich.
BRUNSWICK 71, GREENS FARMS ACADEMY 68
Nacho Nwana 3 8-10 15 Cameron Kelly 2 4-4 8 Aaron Sobato 5 0-0 15 Will Marvin 5 0-0 15 Charles Sealy 4 2-2 12 Raphael Ruban 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 14-16 71.
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY (7-8)
Evan Roteman 3 0-0 7 Dom Cristiano 9 4-8 25 Elvin Rodriguez 3 1-2 7 Sunday Okeke 9 1-2 19 Isaac Manton 2 0-0 4 Henry Holzinger 2 1-2 6 Pat Seegers 0 0-0 0 Totals: 28 7-14 68.
BRUNSWICK 37 34—71
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY31 37—68
3-pointers: B—Marvin 5, Sobato 5, Sealy 2, Nwana; GFA—Cristiano 3, Roteman, Holzinger.