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Danbury takes rematch 73-66 from Wilbur Cross

Chris Torres (#1) in traffic

Chris Torres (#1) in traffic

Denali Burton tries to drive on William Antrum

Denali Burton tries to drive on William Antrum

(Danbury CT) The rematch went Danbury’s way again.

The Danbury Hatters defeated the Wilbur Cross Governor’s, 73-66, on Thursday afternoon.

On March 15th Danbury earned a 73-65 win over WC in the LL quarterfinals at the same location.

In this one, the Hatters (4-1) put seven unanswered together at the end of the first half to take the lead for good.

The visitors from New Haven went down by as many as sixteen (55-39) early in the final quarter before getting within four in the final two minutes.

Jayden Valderrama (22 points) led all scorers and was key to the late rally by Cross, putting up eleven points in the final period.

Wilbur Cross (2-1) had mangled their first two opponents, 94-43 and 100-58, and came out making shots versus Danbury.  Three straight layups (Jaylen Stafford, Jaykeem Foreman, Malik Alston) give Cross its biggest lead (17-11) of the game.

Jayden Valderrama (22 points) and Messiah Crandall

Jayden Valderrama (22 points) and Messiah Crandall

WC still had that six-point lead (29-23) with 3 ½ minutes until halftime.  The Cross shot blanks the rest of the half and had four turnovers while it was the Hatters who got to the basket (an old-fashioned 3-point play by Chris Torres, two layups by Messiah Crandall) and passed WC, 30-29.

The Hatters had the lead but separation took a while.  The margin was only 42-38 with three to go in the third quarter.  After that, only one point for WC while Danbury clicked from long range three times (Jordan Alleyne, Javan Hernandez, Tyler Scalzo) to lead, 51-39, after three.

That lead would increase to 55-39 after jumpers by Denali Burton (16 points) and Cameron Snow before a WC timeout.

The Hatters were still in the comfort zone (61-47) with five minutes remaining in the game.

Just a tad over two minutes later we had ourselves a ballgame!  Cross took everything to the basket while the home team turned the ball over three times and missed the front end of a one-and-one.  Terrance Edwards came off the WC bench to convert a rebound and be on the scoring end of a fast break off a turnover.  Malik Alston, Kwane Taylor, and William Antrum (13 points) contributed layups.  Wilbur Cross was within four (61-57) with just under three minutes left.  This was now anyone’s game.

But Danbury had enough to keep four the closest WC would get.  Free throws helped as the home team made 8-of-11 including the final five in a row.

Jordan Alleyne

Jordan Alleyne

Two huge plays by Jordan Alleyne in the late going.  After a turnover, Jordan protected the 4-point lead by blocking the layup attempt that followed.  Later as part of an inbounds play, Jordan tossed a beautiful¾-court pass that sent teammate Chris Torres in for layup.

Sophomore Denali Burton (16 points) had nine in the tense final frame.

Tyler Scalzo totaled thirteen points for Danbury including three 3’s.

William Antrum (13 points) drove well to the hoop for Wilbur Cross.

Marcus Fox had twenty points in Danbury’s win over Wilbur Cross last March.  This time he sat out the second half with an injury after only two points in the first half.

Why was WC able to come back from sixteen down?  Full-court pressure.  The Governors double-teamed the Danbury guards and if that didn’t work they led the Hatters into pressured layups.  Taking time off the clock would have been better than taking layups while heavily guarded.

The ability of both teams to get to the rim was a surprise because there were plenty of shot blockers on both sides.  The tight man-to-man defenses of both teams opened lanes for those who could dribble around someone.

Good crowd on hand on a rainy afternoon.  Late start after the JV game ended when the varsity game was supposed to start.

Maybe these teams will meet again in March of 2017.

Wilbur Cross box from the game

Danbury box from the game

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Kwane Taylor questions a call

Kwane Taylor questions a call

William Antrum covered by Denali Burton

William Antrum covered by Denali Burton

Kwane Taylor (0) elevates

Kwane Taylor (0) elevates

Dianti Vines

Dianti Vines

Javon Hernandez

Javon Hernandez

Denali Burton jams

Denali Burton jams

Cameron Snow defends Marquay McDuffie

Cameron Snow defends Marquay McDuffie

Malik Alston tries to steal the ball from Chris Torres (10 points)

Malik Alston tries to steal the ball from Chris Torres (10 points)

Tyler Scalzo (13 points) at the foul line

Tyler Scalzo (13 points) at the foul line

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Strong finish gets New Milford past Danbury 48-45 in boys basketball

Malik Sanders puts up the final shot over Derik Brady (#33).

Derik Brady earned free throws with seven seconds left (he made one of two) after rebounding a missed Green Wave free throw.

(Danbury) New Milford (1-1) came up with crucial rebounds in the last minute and hung on to edge Danbury (1-3), 48-45, on Thursday night at Danbury High School in nonleague action.

Inability to secure a rebound on missed Green Wave free throws bit Danbury twice late. Another costly rebounding blunder allowed Angel Vasquez (smallest player on the floor) to come up with a rebound in the midst of several taller Danbury players.

With extended possessions and extra free throws the Green Wave put together enough for the win. However, the outcome hung in the balance as Malik Sanders got a good look at game-tying three over Derik Brady at the final buzzer.

The Hatters started slowly partly due to losing Malik Sanders in the first two minutes thanks to two charging calls.  The visitors got up 9-2 on a seven-point run featuring a trey from Derik Brady.

The Hatters fell further behind (21-12) after a three by Steven Cronin and a free thrown from Thedore Augeri after four minutes in the 2nd quarter.

The next seven minutes (stretching into the 3rd quarter) were all Danbury.  They outscored New Milford 20-4 with free throws (8) and layups.  From where I was sitting, their 32-25 lead looked likely to grow the rest of the way.  Didn’t work out that way.  The Green Wave went 9-2 the rest of the quarter which ended tied at 34.

Steven Cronin (#12) finished with nineteen points. Here he’s defended by Dan Grenier.

Danbury went up 41-38 thanks to a trey by Dan Grenier and a fast-break layup from Corey Dean after two minutes.  New Milford started to spread the court on offense and get Steven Cronin to the basket.  Twice he spun and escaped from close-in shots.  The go-ahead basket was on a nice feed from Angel Vasquez that gave New Milford the lead for good, 44-43, with 1:10 left.

Danbury had a couple of free throws (Corey Dean) the rest of the way but subpar rebounding technique and three missed game-tying attempts cost them a chance to win.

New Milford played zone nearly the entire game to offset Danbury’s size and interior athleticism.

Corey Dean (20 points) goes high above Green Wave defenders to score in the 3rd quarter.

Corey Dean (20 points) hurt New Milford any time he got the ball close to the basket.  That zone and early foul trouble cut into Malik Sanders normal numbers – he had 28 points a game ago.

Steven Cronin (19 points) took over for New Milford down the stretch.

I haven’t seen much Connecticut basketball so I was taken by surprise by the lack of a shot clock.  There were several times where each team just held the ball letting the clock run.

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