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Staples boys fall in overtime to Norwalk

Updated 12:29 pm, Wednesday, December 19, 2012


  • Staples #23 Darryle Wiggins releases a shot during boys basketball action against Norwalk in Norwalk, Conn. on Tuesday December 18, 2012. Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post
    Staples #23 Darryle Wiggins releases a shot during boys basketball action against Norwalk in Norwalk, Conn. on Tuesday December 18, 2012. Photo: Christian Abraham


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NORWALK -- The Staples High boys basketball team did all it could to limit Norwalk's double-double threat, Roy Kane Jr.

The Wreckers, however, couldn't say the same about Kane's teammate, Jabari Dear.

Dear poured in a career-high 28 points, hitting five 3-pointers, as Norwalk edged Staples 84-75 in overtime on Tuesday evening to move to 3-0.

The senior guard's final 3-pointer of the night put the Bears ahead for good in overtime, 73-70.

"Jabari's putting together a big season right now. He's been able to score the ball night in and night out," Norwalk head coach Tom Keyes said. "The thing that impresses me most is that he's been a leader on the floor. He's handling the ball well and he's playing some pretty strong defense."

"I knew I was going to do a lot of scoring today," Dear said. "I just kept shooting the ball and my shots kept falling."

Kane Jr. added 15 points for Norwalk before fouling out in overtime, leaving Dear to carry the scoring load. Dear scored his team's final two points in the fourth quarter, and added six points in the extra session.

"I think we kept him under his (scoring) average," Staples head coach Colin Devine said of Kane Jr., a sophomore forward. "The other guys on Norwalk stepped up and made shots--impressive shots."

Norwalk led 67-64 late, but two missed free throws by senior forward Luke Sweeney left the door open for Staples to tie it. Senior guard Peter Rankowitz nailed a 3-pointer from behind the top of the arc with two seconds left to make it 67-67.

Rankowitz finished with 24 points, while senior guard James Frusciante scored 21 points for Staples (1-1). Senior forward Ross Whelan added 15 points.

"We played hard start to finish and didn't give up until the final whistle," Devine said. "Peter made a heck of a shot--one of the best shots in Staples history--to tie it and to push us into overtime."

Sophomore guard Jeremy Linton (nine points) scored first in the overtime to put Norwalk up 69-67, and Staples eventually tied it again 70-70 on a bucket by Whelan. But with Kane Jr. on the bench after fouling out, the Wreckers failed to capitalize as Norwalk ran off seven straight points.

"They got kind of an easy layup to start the overtime," Devine said. "The rule is, the first team that scores (in overtime) usually wins. I was hoping that we'd get that first bucket.

"I think we ran out a little bit of gas and had some foul trouble."

Staples led 64-63 with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Norwalk jumped back in front by a point on two free throws from Dear. The two teams traded offensive fouls the next two possessions--a charge by Staples' Joe Greenwald and a push by Dear--before Dear put Norwalk back up 67-64 with two more free throws.

Staples led by as many as nine points in the second half--40-31 in the third quarter--before Norwalk closed the third quarter on a 15-4 run. The Bears led 48-46 heading into the fourth.

Senior forward Saeed Soulemane added 17 points for Norwalk.

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James Frusciante 10 1-4 21 Joe Greenwald 0 2-2 2 Todd Goldstein 0 0-0 0 David Katz 2 0-0 5 Jacob Melnick 0 0-0 0 Peter Rankowitz 9 5-9 24 Nick Ward 0 0-0 0 Ross Whelan 6 3-4 15 Darryle Wiggins 4 0-0 8 Alexander Addessi 0 0-0 0 Nicolaas Esposito 0 0-0 0 Andrew Felman 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 11-19 75.


Zaire Wilson 3 1-3 7 Nick Boccanfuso 3 0-0 7 Thomas Barrett 0 0-0 0 Jeremy Linton 3 1-2 9 Jabari Dear 10 3-4 28 William Alexander 0 0-0 0 Roy Kane 6 3-4 15 Saeed Soulemane 5 5-6 17 William Polite 0 0-0 0 Luke Sweeney 0 1-4 1 Sean Butler 0 0-0 0 Steven Enoch 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 14-23 84.

STAPLES 13 13 20 21 8--75

NORWALK 15 14 19 19 17--84

3-pointers: S--Rankowitz, Katz. N--Dear 5, Linton 2, Soulemane 2, Boccanfuso.

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