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Friday, January 19 High School Sports

Greenwich boys basketball beats Darien

DARIEN — The boys basketball game between Darien and Greenwich Thursday night, at times, felt like the two schools were meeting again in football rather than basketball.

A 14-14 halftime score only added to the feeling of being back at the Class LL state championship football game the two played earlier this month.

In the third quarter, a basketball game finally broke out with Greenwich taking the ball to the basket more aggressively and scoring double digits in the quarter.

The Cardinals hit more shots than Darien in the second half as the Blue Wave continued struggling offensively, all leading to a 43-34 win for the Cardinals.

“At halftime, we talked about drive and kick. We saw it would be open with the 3 we hit right before halftime. In the third, we stepped up and were able to hit some shots,” Greenwich coach Phil D’Amato said. “We got a little lucky and that is what I am going to go down and talk to them about now. They got three or four offensive rebounds in a row a couple times in the fourth and we kind of skated past it. We need to box out better and be more physical getting around guys and clearing them out.

Greenwich’s Gavin Muir scored all eight of his points in the third, going on a one-man 8-0 run early in the quarter. Oliver Milledge led all scorers with 13 points, many coming on second chance hoops under the basket off offensive rebounds.

For Darien, guard Justin Jordan was most of the offense, putting in 17 points including three 3s.

Greenwich was not only attacking the basket in the third, but playing solid defense, holding Darien to only two field goals in the frame.

“Not being able to score was the biggest problem but we didn’t come ready to play tonight,” Darien coach Charoy Bentley said. “Greenwich is a good team and they have a good new coach. They came and they conquered. We just were not hitting shots tonight. We were not going to the basket with confidence. We just were not here today.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Gavin Muir, Greenwich. The junior, who was the quarterback on the football team, saved all his scoring for one quarter, but all of his points were important as Greenwich broke free of the slog that was the first half, opening up a lead it would not relinquish.

QUOTABLE

“Gavin (Muir) got to the basket and hit back-to-back baskets which was huge,” D’Amato said. “It took some pressure off of us.”

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

GREENWICH 43, DARIEN 34

GREENWICH 5 9 15 14—43

DARIEN 7 7 7 13—34

GREENWICH (1-2)

Jackson Trimmer 0 0-0 0; Oliver Milledge 6 1-2 13; Gavin Muir 4 0-1 8; Elias Giannopoulos 2 5-9 10; Mekhi Samb 1 1-6 3; Chris Genaro 0 1-2 1; Billy Nail 2 0-0 6; Charlie Zeere 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 8-21 43

DARIEN (0-2)

Justin Jordan 5 4-5 17; Henry Williams 1 0-0 2; Jack Tierney 0 2-2 2; Andrew Darby 2 0-0 4; Will Rolapp 2 2-2 7; Peter Bredahl 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 8-9 34

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3-point field goals: G—Giannopoulos, Nail 2; D—Jordan 3, Rolapp

Fouled out: none

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