Greens Farms boys basketball beats Brunswick; remains atop FAA standings
Published 10:52 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Though the Dragons possess one of the premier low post players in the conference in 6-foot-9 center Sean Obi, one of GFA's trademarks is its relentless transition game -- an aspect the Bruins had difficult dealing with the entire game.
Consistently beating Brunswick down the court, Greens Farms flourished in the fast break and rolled to a 66-44 victory over the host Bruins.
The talented trio from Greenwich -- Obi, Matt Tate and Hunter Eggers -- helped power Greens Farms to its sixth straight win. Tate, a junior point guard, recorded a game-high 15 points with six assists, while Eggers, a senior, had 14 points and six assists. The Rice University-bound Obi totaled nine points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons (12-2, 9-1 FAA).
"There was a lot of talk about how we lost to King (GFA's only FAA loss) and how they beat King by 20, so I think this game re-establishes how good we think we are," Eggers said. "All night, we were making good passes, getting good shots and making a lot of layups."
Point guard Henry Taylor scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers for Brunswick.
The Bruins trailed 33-22 before getting outscored 20-5 the first nine minutes of the second half.
"They played really hard and ran against us and we didn't react well to their transition game," Bruins coach Robert Taylor said. "They have a transition offense and believe it or not, we practiced against that offense. You wouldn't have seen that today though, that's for sure."
Obi, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the team's 102-40 triumph against Chase Collegiate School on Jan. 7, didn't need to play much in the second half, giving him an opportunity to rest his bruised knee.
"I have a knee injury, but I wanted to play this game, these are big games for us," Obi said. "My teammates played so well today. It was amazing, the guys off the bench did a great job too. We really moved the ball well, which was great to see."
Tate scored six consecutive points off fast-break layups, giving the Dragons an 11-3 lead and forcing Brunswick to take the game's first timeout. A Taylor 3-pointer and a free throw from Matt Gendell brought the Bruins to within 17-15 with 6:41 remaining in the first half. That's the closest the Bruins got, as the visitors ended the opening half with a 15-7 run to seize a 33-22 advantage.
Pushing the ball up court at every opportunity, Tate engineered the Dragons in transition. The Bruins, who shot 25 percent from the field, were challenged throughout to set up their halfcourt man-to-man defense.
"The fast break has been our identity," said GFA coach Doug Scott, whose squad has a two-game lead in the FAA with four games left. "We have a lot of athletes and we try to be aggressive."
After Taylor's 3-pointer cut GFA's lead to 35-25, the Dragons went on a 14-0 run to open a 49-25 cushion. Tate, Eggers, forward Zach Baines (six points, 10 rebounds) and forward Pat Ryan (nine points, six assists, seven rebounds) helped fuel the spurt.
"The way we began the second half was huge, it killed their momentum," said Tate, a Greenwich resident. "We put pressure on their guards and forced turnovers, and also forced them to do things they weren't used to doing."
Forward Dylan Wadsworth had seven points and six rebounds, while guard Sam Fraser had seven points for the Bruins, who struggled to hit their open shots from the perimeter.
"We have watched Brunswick play and have seen them dominate everyone else in the league," Scott said. "We didn't want them to have time to shoot and get comfortable on offense, so we tried to put some pressure on them."
GREENS FARMS 66, BRUNSWICK 44
GREENS FARMS (12-2)
Matt Tate 5 4-5 15; Hunter Eggers 7 0-1 14; Sean Obi 3 3-4 9; Pat Ryan 3 2-3 9; Andrew Chase 2 0-0 4; Zach Baines 3 0-0 6; Sam Hodge 2 1-2 5; Van Barnet 0 1-2 1; Brendan Bieber 1 1-2 3; Scott Deutsch 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 12-19 66.
Henry Taylor 4 0-0 10; Nick Kono 2 0-0 5; Sam Fraser 1 4-6 7; Teddy Murphy 1 0-2 2; Dylan Wadsworth 2 3-5 7; James Robinson 0 0-0 0; Jack Sherwood 1 0-0 2; Ryan Hardin 1 0-0 2; Jimmy Knight 1 0-0 2; Alex Skolds 0 0-2 0; Billy O'Malley 2 0-0 4; Matt Gendell 1 1-2 3; Sean Forester 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 8-17 44.
GREENS FARMS 33 33 -- 66
BRUNSWICK 22 22 -- 44
3-pointers: GFA -- Tate, Ryan; B -- Taylor 2, Kono, Fraser.