DARIEN -- The Greenwich boys basketball team has been waiting for a balanced scorebook all season. That wait came to an end on Friday against Darien as four players scored in double digits as the Cardinals gained some revenge in a 55-44 win over the Blue Wave.
Darien picked up one of its two wins this season against the Cardinals in the LaVista Tournament in December and that loss was on the minds of the Cardinals, especially CJ Byrd, who missed that game with a fractured hand.
"I didn't get to play last time and this time I wanted to come back and help my team win," Byrd said. "Getting off to a fast start was the key because we knew that if we didn't get off to a fast start, (Matt) Staubi would hurt us and we didn't want that."
Byrd led Greenwich with 14 points, Alex Wolf had 13, Dan Guise 11 and Jimmy Djema 10, giving Greenwich the balance it has been searching for.
Staubi led all scorers with 22 but only scored one point in the second half as Greenwich switched to a zone to contain him.
The Cardinals (6-5) jumped on the Wave (2-8) right away, going up 13-0 before Darien finally scored with 3:10 to play in the first quarter.
The cushion was needed as Staubi woke up at that point, lighting up the Cardinals for 21 points, hitting 3s and driving into the paint for a couple of gentle floaters to get Darien within 28-27 at halftime.
Staubi scored 36 against Greenwich in December, and Greenwich coach Bill Brehm was not going to let him do it again so he switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half after playing man-to-man the entire first half.
"I guess we had to. Nobody could guard Staubi," Brehm said. "The kid is the smallest kid on the court and we can't guard him. We had to (go zone), we had no other choice. I think, to our kids' credit, they played a great 2-3 zone."
The zone did open up Darien big man Chima Zauonwu for some looks in the second half, but Greenwich gladly traded a few layups and a dunk by Zauonwu over Staubi running wild on them again.
Azuonwu scored 12 points, nine in the second half as he battled Wolf all night on the blocks.
Greenwich outscored Darien 16-6 in the third to open up the lead.
Darien coach Kyle Marian thought the offense stalled out with Staubi having trouble creating shots against the zone.
"I thought we got a little stagnant," Marian said. "It is just a matter of guys moving a little more and being available and guys that get shots have to hit shots. That's how you beat a zone. It was very frustrating. It is things we work on day in and day out. It's just a matter of execution.
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Greenwich 55, Darien 44
GREENWICH 19 9 16 11 -- 55
DARIEN 13 14 6 11 -- 44
Greenwich: Jimmy Djema 3 2-2 10; CJ Byrd 7 0-0 14; Leonel Hyatt 1 0-2 2; Alex Wolf 4 5-7 13; Alex McMurray 2 1-1 5; Jon Palmer 0 0-0 0; Dan Guise 3 2-2 11; Kyle Foote 0 0-0 0; Sam Latto 0 0-0 0; Thomas Baietto 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-14 55
Darien: Chima Azuonwu 4 4-7 12; George Phillips 2 0-0 6; Liam Naughton 1 0-0 2; Matt Staubi 6 8-10 22; Henry Baldwin 0 0-0 0; Ian Burgoyne 0 0-0 0; Charles Travers 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 12-17 44
3-point field goals: G -- Guise 3, Djema 2; D -- Staubi 2, Phillips 2
Fouled out: None