Summer Wreckers trounce ND, 94-37
Published 1:10 am, Friday, July 2, 2010
The Staples boys basketball team put on a clinic on Sunday at Christian Heritage School. After falling behind 6-0, Staples did just about everything right in a 94-37 victory over Norte Dame of Fairfield in the DeSantis Summer Basketball league and raised its record to 3-1. Notre Dame dropped to 2-2.
After incoming sophomore Earl Coleman's (14 points, three rebounds, one assist) layup from classmate Danny Upchurch (11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals) gave the Summer Lancers the aforementioned 6-0 lead, the Summer Wreckers woke up and started to pick up their play with incoming senior captain Luke Yeager (15 points, five rebounds, eight assists, four steals, one blocked shot, two forced turnovers) swished a fallaway 3-pointer and then stole the ball and set up incoming senior captain Gabe Seidman's layup. Seidman (13 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one forced turnover) drew the foul and hit the free throw to tie it 6-6.
The Summer Wreckers took their first lead at 7-6 on incoming senior Jake Felman's free throw. Felman (16 points, 20 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one forced turnover, two charges drawn) was a monster on the board and was responsible for Staples' 40-26 advantage on the glass. He drew the foul after grabbing the offensive rebound.
"We have a small team and everyone has to crash hard," Felman said. "As long as we're aggressive, it will come easy [on the boards for us]."
Notre Dame regained the lead on Coleman's layup from incoming senior Neneen Pommilus (three rebounds, two assists) and had one more lead, 12-11 when Coleman set up incoming junior Tom Allen's (four points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal) layup.
Staples took the lead for good, 13-12, on Felman's layup from classmate Dan Scanlan, which started a 12-0 surge.
Seidman and Yeager took turns in setting each other up for treys with the former forcing a turnover in rally. Shooting was a strength for the team with Yeager and Seidman connecting for three and two trifectas, respectively. Yeager deftly set up the offense and set up incoming junior Patrick Coleman's (seven points, three rebounds, one blocked shot) layup. The lefty Seidman was all over the court and after intercepting a pass, set up Scanlan's layup off the transition.
Upchurch tried to rally the Summer Lancers and hit a layup off a steal and swished a trey from Allen to cut the deficit to six, 23-17. However, the Summer Wreckers responded with Scanlan (28 points, three rebounds, four assists, three steals) setting up incoming junior Mike Argosh's (10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots) trifecta.
This started a 14-6 run to close out the half, extending Staples' lead to 14 at the break, 37-23. Scanlan hit a 3-pointer and Argosh had back-to-back blocks in this surge.
Felman was instrumental defensively by drawing two offensive fouls.
"Drawing charges is all about passion," Felman said.
Argosh opened the second half with six points, and Scanlan hit two of his four 3-pointers to account for a 12-0 run to start the second half and made it 49-23. Scanlan was hot from the field and beat the Summer Lancers with layups as well.
"It was flowing for me tonight," Scanlan said. "I missed my first shot, but my teammates believed in me and got me the ball and I kept shooting it."
Playing every day helped him work on his game. He also spent a lot of time in the weight room and is buoyed by his performance.
"After this game, my fellow teammates gained confidence in me and I have more confidence in myself," Scanlan said. "Hopefully, I can help the team."
The second half was Showtime for the Summer Wreckers. They committed 10 turnovers in the first half but were crisp in the second half and had zero turnovers. Overall, they hit 12 treys. Conversely, Notre Dame had 16 turnovers, eight in each half. Incoming junior Mike Garrity (seven points, one steal) also contributed for Staples.
"We have a lot of excellent players and coaches and Dan stepped today," Yeager said. "We have great chemistry."
Seidman said, "We just moved the ball well and were coached well by Coaches [Michelle] Felman and [Ana Rogers]-Seidman."