Darien boys use big fourth to beat New Canaan
Updated 7:48 pm, Thursday, February 8, 2018
DARIEN — For 24 minutes Thursday night, the Darien and New Canaan boys basketball teams played the way you would expect two rivals to go at, and after three quarters the score was tied.
The final eight minutes were a different story.
The Blue Wave opened the fourth quarter on a 17-0 run, holding New Canaan without a basket until 2:38 remained in the game, en route to a 56-41 win.
The game got out of hand so fast the large Darien student section broke into “Hey, hey goodbye” midway through the fourth.
“We just started making our free throws and started playing together as a team. If we had played like that all four quarters, we would have blown them out,” Darien guard Justin Jordan said. “Hey, it’s New Canaan and I am just so happy we came out with win today. We may have been a little nervous in front of that huge crowd but we won, so, it was pretty exciting out there.”
Jordan scored 9 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Ryan Darby and Will Rolapp also put in 12 for the Blue Wave (7-9, 4-9).
The teams slogged through a first half with neither breaking double digits in any quarter.
An old-fashioned 3-point play by New Canaan’s Jack Richardson sent the Rams into the locker room at the break up 16-14.
New Canaan (4-12, 1-11) coach Danny Melzer was quite pleased with how his team played for three quarters, but obviously frustrated by the last quarter.
“We beat ourselves, to be honest. We missed the front end of two one-and-ones, then we missed two more free throws. That’s six points we gave away and then they converted all those misses into points at the other end,” Melzer said. “We played 24 excellent minutes, we held them to 15-percent (shooting) in the first half. Second half, they took it to us. They are a physical team, they outrebounded us by 25 and we lack physicality.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Peter Bredahl, Darien. Bredahl was quite all night until busting out for all seven of his points early in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-point play where he got the layup and the foul.
“I wish we played like that all year, we might be undefeated,” Darien coach Charoy Bentley said. “We are looking to play defense and put the ball in the basket. We were just working hard. (New Canaan) came out working very hard and we had to match that.”
Darien out-rebounded New Canaan 40-15 in the game.
DARIEN 56, NEW CANAAN 41
NEW CANAAN 7 9 16 9—41
DARIEN 8 6 18 24—56
NEW CANAAN (4-12, 1-11)
Alex Gibbens 3 0-3 6; Ryan McAleer 1 1-2 3; Ben Sarda 4 0-0 12; Luke Rwambuya 2 0-0 4; Jack Richardson 1 1-2 3; Stephen Wronski 0 2-2 2; Cam Nelson 2 2-2 8; Alex Galvan 1 0-0 2; Wyatt Wilson 0 0-0 0; Jonathan Hale 0 0-0 0. Totals:
DARIEN (7-9, 4-9)
Justin Jordan 4 3-5 12; Henry Williams 1 1-5 3; Jack Tierney 0 1-2 1; Ryan Darby 4 4-4 12; Andrew Darby 0 0-0 0; Will Rolapp 3 4-4 12; Mitchell Pryor 1 0-0 2; Peter Bredahl 2 3-5 7. Totals:
3-point field goals: NC—Sarda 4, Nelson 2; D—Jordan, Rolapp 2