Outside shooting propels Stamford
Published 2:35 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016
DARIEN — Offensively, Stamford and Darien are two very different teams.
Tuesday night at Darien High School it was the shooters who would prevail as the Black Knights defeated Darien 53-42.
Stamford (7-2, 4-1 FCIAC) led for the entirety of the contest, but Darien was always lurking. Every time the Knights built a double-digit lead the Blue Wave (2-6, 0-5) would chip away, coming as close as 33-30 midway through the third quarter.
From there Laveris would take the wind out of Darien’s sails, drilling consecutive 3s from the corner. Laveris lead Stamford with 21 points and hit four of his five 3-pointers in the second half.
“Nico hit some huge shots for us in the third quarter when they made a run at us,” Stamford coach Danny Melzer said. “I thought we kept our composure tonight. I know we’re not young in terms of grade but we’re young in terms of experience and I think with experience comes poise and tonight we made a big step in the right direction. We kept our composure on the road — we knew this would be a tough game for us, I’m just proud that we stuck it out and found a way to win.”
Darien’s game plan was obvious — get Preston the ball in the paint.
And they did, as Preston finished the game with 21 points, but only three other players tallied for the Blue Wave, and of those just Jackson Ryan hit double figures with 11 points.
Stamford itself only had Laveris in double figures, but got eight points apiece from DeVito, Yan Carlos Marte and Steffan Harding.
As far as being undersized, Melzer knows that will be the norm for his team, but expects their collective effort to nullify the disadvantage.
“Most nights they’re going to have guys bigger than us but our ‘bigs’ play so hard,” Melzer said. “They play so aggressive, they don’t back down to anybody and they step up to the challenge. We challenged them tonight, we were going to play against one of the best, if not the best, post player in the league plus another big, ‘let’s see what you’re made of.’
“They stepped up to the challenge and Preston had a good game, but we made him work for all of his points, and that was the game plan tonight and it worked pretty well and I’m proud of them.”
STAMFORD 53, DARIEN 42
STAMFORD (7-2, 4-1)
Nico Laveris 8 0-0 21 Jay DeVito 3 0-0 8 Yan Carlos Marte 3 1-2 8 Steffan Harding 4 0-0 8 Nii Pobee 2 0-2 4 D’Angelo Malcolm 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 1-4 53.
DARIEN (2-6, 0-5)
STAMFORD 14 17 8 14—53
DARIEN 10 11 14 7—42
3-pointers: S—Laveris 5, DeVito 2, Marte; D—Ryan