Staples pulls away from McMahon to snap skid
Published 9:27 pm, Thursday, January 22, 2015
WESTPORT--Through three quarters the Staples and Brien McMahon boys basketball teams matched each other basket for basket. Then, the Wreckers caught a break heading into the final period and took full advantage.
With senior captain Timmy Hinton out with a knee injury, the Wreckers outscored the Senators 28-15 over the final 13 minutes, helping snap a four-game losing skid with a 65-54 on Thursday night. The defeat for the Senators (3-8) was their sixth in seven games.
Ben Casparius scored a game-high 19 points for Staples (5-5) after tallying just 12 in the previous two games. He led the charge from deep as Staples hit on eight 3-pointers, including two from Connor Whalen (14 points).
"We made our shots when we needed to tonight," Staples coach Colin Devine said. "It's a credit to the kid's hard work."
Hinton had eight points in the second quarter for McMahon, the last of which gave the visitors a 31-25 lead late in the period. The Wreckers closed the first half on a 5-0 run to draw to within a point. Hinton hurt his knee late in the third quarter on a hard fall after running the floor with the Senators leading 39-37.
"It's a big blow there," McMahon coach Ken Dustin said. "He's our muscle, he does a lot of stuff down there and it's a big loss for us. (Staples) had one big but they couldn't match Timmy's strength."
Hinton led a charge that hurt the Wreckers at the rim at both ends of the court, but the hosts adjusted in the final period and got some stops that led to transition layups -- including back-to-back layups by Ben Casparius to give Staples its largest lead of the game at 49-41 with 5:44 remaining and capping a 10-2 run.
"We made a few adjustments," Devine said. "We were losing out on the 50-50 balls and some rebounds throughout the first three quarters and we finally got position and got those loose balls."
McMahon tried to push the pace and take the ball to the rim, but missed layups doomed the visitors. Dustin cited a lack of effort in the fourth quarter in addition to losing its inside threat.
"If I knew I would have pushed the button, and hopefully I would have turned the effort level on and we would have got a few stops," Dustin said. "We took long quick shots against a team that will run on you."
Sophomore guard Justin Seideman then took over, scoring eight of his 13 points in the final five minutes. He converted a 3-point play with a circus layup to give the Wreckers a 64-54 lead with a minute left.
"We played (Seideman) off the ball today; he had a great (3-pointer) on ball-reversal," Devine said. "He's a great free throw shooter and kept his composure tonight; I couldn't be prouder of him."
The win evens the Wreckers FCIAC record at 4-4, keeping them in contention for a run towards one of the bottom seeds.
"The kids were great," Devine said. "They are resilient and they are buying in. Just to get the win tonight -- we were close to getting it three out of four times -- I'm happy for the kids."
Staples 65, Brien McMahon 54
MCMAHON (3-8, 2-7 FCIAC)
David Civil 4 3-3 11 Jahmerikah Green-Younger 5 0-0 11 Tim Hinton 5 0-0 10 Anthony Burden-Cruz 3 0-0 7 Shaheen Anderson 5 0-0 10 Joseph Cantey 1 2-2 5. Totals:23 5-5 54.
STAPLES (4-5, 3-4 FCIAC)
Nic Esposito 3 1-1 7 Connor Whalen 4 3-4 14 Ben Casparius 7 2-2 19 Harry Kohn 3 0-0 7 Justin Seideman 4 4-4 13 Sean Pritchett 2 1-4 6. Totals: 23 11-15 65.
MCMAHON 12 19 8 15--54
STAPLES 11 19 12 23--65
3-pointers: M--Green-Younger, Burden-Cruz, Cantey; S--Whelan 2, Casparius 3, Kohn, Pritchett, Seideman.