Darien boys hoop tops Danbury for 5th straight win
DARIEN — It is a simple formula that is carrying the Darien boys basetball team to success.
Experience (seven seniors), chemistry (many four-year players) and work ethic has been the Blue Wave path to victory this season.
Darien blanked Danbury 13-0 in the first quarter and kept rolling to a 48-41 home triumph over the Hatters Tuesday night.
The win was the fifth straight for Darien as the Blue Wave moved to 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the FCIAC.
“Every day we work hard. We’ve made our practice tougher than our games,” Darien coach Charoy Bentley said. “We have a host of seniors, a number of four-year players and ton of leadership on this squad. They all come to work. And everybody is enjoying what we’ve accomplished thus far.”
While Darien was fortunate that Danbury’s top scorer, Marcus Fox, was out once again due to ankle woes, the Blue Wave defense kept the Hatters out of the paint and made every Danbury shot a contested one.
“Our chemistry and our time together really shows up in our communication on defense,” Darien senior Zak Swetye said. “We enjoy stepping up to the challenge.”
Darien led 23-14 at halftime and 36-31 after three quarters. Darien took advantage at the free-throw line as the Blue Wave was 12-for-22 compared to 5 of 10 for Danbury. The Hatters put Darien in the bonus with 5:00 to play.
Danbury (7-3 overall, 4-2 FCIAC) saw a three-game win streak snap.
“We have to play a full 32 minutes. Our performance must have less turnovers and more defensive stops,” Danbury coach Casey Bock said. “We are a team with potential. But if we want to be a good team, the question is how hard the kids are willing to work to get there. Spotting Darien a 13-0 edge after one period is too big a hill to climb.”
Darien received a game-high 21 points from senior Theo Moore. Jack Tierney had seven of his eight points in the first half while Carter Scott scored six of his eight points after intermission.
Darien’s 6-foot-8 senior center Alex Preston missed much of the second periuod with ankle woes, but was a force both rebounding and on defense in the other three periods.
For Danbury, sophomore guard Javon Hernandez scorede 15 points, 10 of which came in the second half.
DARIEN 48, DANBURY 41
DANBURY (7-3, 4-2 FCIAC)
Titus James 2 0-0 4 Massiah Crandell 0 0-0 0 Jordan Alleyne 0 3-6 3 John Andrew Mollenthiel 0 0-0 0 Javon Hernandez 5 2-2 15 Cameron Snow 2 0-0 6 Jordon Brown 3 0-0 7 Chris Torres 0 0-0 0 Diante Vines 0 0-0 0 Tyler Scalzo 1 0-1 2 Denali Burton 2 0-1 4. Totals: 15 5-10 41.
DARIEN (6-3, 5-1 FCIAC)
DANBURY 0 14 17 10—41
DARIEN 13 10 13 12—48
3-Pointers: Danb—Hernandez 3, Snow 2, Brown. Dar—Moore, Swetye.
Highlights: Dar—Darien has a five-game win streak.