Taller Bassick dunk Staples boys hoops at FCIACs
The Staples boys basketball team came in to Saturday night's game focused on beating the Bassick ,who they lost to earlier this season by only four points.
Led by senior tri-captain Gabe Seidman, the Wreckers put up a vailiant effort against Bassick,before losing, 83-70. Seidman's 29 points helped the Wreckers stay close to Bassick and its high-flying, run-and-gun offense.
Luke Yeager's clutch 3-point shooting (4 treys) pulled Staples to within nine points late in third and fourth quarters. Yeager ended the game with 18 points.
Staples kept up with Bassick in the first quarter down only three at 18-15. In the second quarter, Bassick's Anthony Allen took off and propelled Bassick for 19 more points as Staples managed to only get 13 points. The Lions led 37-28 at the half.
During the halftime break, Wreckers Coach Devine talked to his team about bringing up the intensity,
"We really wanted them to found the open man and get good looks," Devine recalled.
Bassick won the up and down third quarter and led 60-48 going into the fourth quarter behind Allen and his tremendous dunking ability.
"It was tough [defending Allen]" Devine said. "But I thought we did a good job. We all did a good job."
Seidman underscored the theme of the night and said, "We were outmatched and outsized. Allen ate us up down low and we didn't really have an answer for him."
Seidman and Yeager and company couldn't come close enough to Bassick in the fourth as Bassick quickly pulled ahead after back to back turnovers late in the fourth. As time was dwindling, the Wreckers seemed to catch a break as Bassick, who had the lead, quickly fouled and gave Staples the ball back. But forced 3-pointers that fell short ended up being the Wreckers' own worst enemy.
"I thought we played hard, but we were outmatched and outsized," Seidman said. "Allen ate us up down low and we didn't really have an answer for him."
Bassick defeated Trinity Catholic 75-68 in the FCIAC semifinals Monday and played Stamford for the FCIAC title last night after press time.
Despite the early exit in the FCIAC tournament, the Wreckers are focused on Amity, who will likely be their Class LL Tournament opponent, which begins next Monday.
The Wreckers will prepare for the Class LL and will play Fairfield Ludlowe in a scrimmage tomorrow to remain fresh.
"There's not much we're going to change," Seidman said. "We've been playing hard all season and we're just going to continue to play that way."