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Newtown holds off Joel Barlow 58-56 in South-West Conference action

Mike Davis (14 points) converts a rebound to give Newtown the lead for good.

Mike Davis (14 points) converts a rebound to give Newtown the lead for good.

Julian Dunn (22 points) shoots over Bryce Fey

Julian Dunn (22 points) shoots over Bryce Fey

(Newtown CT)  There was a tie and three lead changes in the last two minutes but at the end it was Newtown (8-5) hanging on to a 58-56 win over Joel Barlow (6-8) on Friday night in South-West Conference action.

The Falcons carried a 56-55 lead into the final 1:24 but had a missed shot, two turnovers, and a desperation heave at the very end to show for the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, the Nighthawks were able to take the lead when Mike Davis (14 points) put back his own missed shot.  After a JB miss, Julian Dunn (22 points) made one of two free throws with fifty-five seconds left.  That resulting two-point bulge (58-56) turned out to be enough despite Newtown failing to ice the game by missing four free throws in a row after Julian’s made free throw.

Both teams had their moments before the exciting finish.

Newtown jumped ahead 14-7 in the first six minutes riding two 3’s by senior Brian Leblanc.

Will Menapace (15 points) launches a three

Will Menapace (15 points) launches a three

Then it was Joel Barlow’s turn to get carried from long range as Will Menapace (15 points) connected four times before halftime.  The outside accuracy was part of a 25-11 Falcons’ run that put the visitors from Redding in front 34-25 at the half.

The Nighthawks rallied early in the second half to get within four (37-33).  You had to think that Newtown’s luck might have changed for the better when the last three points were off a 3-pointer off the backboard by Troy Frangione.

However this was a game where the direction you thought it was heading could quickly change.  Instead of wilting under the Newtown charge, the Falcons put nine unanswered points together.  Meanwhile, the Nighthawks put a string of turnovers together (four) and trailed 46-33 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.

Newtown certainly looked to be in trouble but over the next 4+ minutes of playing time, stretching into the final quarter, it was their turn to be in control.  The Nighthawks constructed a 16-4 segment, led by two 3’s (Brian Leblanc) and eight points on the inside by Julian Dunn.

When that dust cleared, Newtown had taken the lead, 49-48, with 4:25 to go in the game.

Will Bracken

Will Bracken

But credit Joel Barlow.  Before you knew it the momentum had changed and they were back in front, 56-55, with 1:24 left after three-point plays by Will Bracken and Will Menapace.

That set up the exciting finish.

Key to the win was the blanket defense Troy Frangione put on first-half shooting star Will Menapace in the second half.  Will had trouble getting the ball never mind shooting it.  He did, however, make a huge three that gave JB it’s last lead.

A key basket in Newtown’s second-half, 16-4, burst came after a wild 3-point attempt by Brian Leblanc ended up in the layup-producing hands of teammate Julian Dunn.  Trust me, there was no assist involved.

Junior John Tucker had eleven points for Joel Barlow.

Jake Ball only scored four points for Newtown but both layups came in the final three minutes of the game.

Newtown has now won eight of their last nine games after an 0-4 start.

Troy Frangione double-teamed

Troy Frangione double-teamed

Joel Barlow had now lost four of their last five games.

JB will host Weston on February 4th (Tuesday 7PM) while Newtown visits New Milford on the same day and at the same time.

Joel Barlow was 7-13 last year missing the Class M tournament by one game.

I tell people that they need to come to a Newtown home basketball game just to see what their cheerleaders and dance teams can do.  Tonight was no different although I suspect both squads were hedging their bets in this game because of serious competitions tomorrow.

Is there a good reason why programs aren’t produced?

Mike Davis and Julian Dunn ran some excellent give-and-goes for Newtown.

Newtown box

Joel Barlow box

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Julian Dunn and Zach Pompea

Julian Dunn and Zach Pompea

Adam Koubeck in heavy Newtown traffic

Adam Koubeck in heavy Newtown traffic

Brian Leblanc (12 points)

Brian Leblanc (12 points)

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

Zach Pompea breaks ahead

Zach Pompea breaks ahead

Newtown performers

Newtown performers

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Joel Barlow overwhelms Platt Tech 50-30 in girls basketball

Drew Bartro (14 points) gets loose inside

Drew Bartro (14 points) gets loose inside

Kelly Mahoney (10 points) fires from the corner

Kelly Mahoney (10 points) fires from the corner

(Redding) The Platt Tech girls ventured out of the comforts of Class S and into the deeper waters with a Class L opponent and came out on the wrong end of 50-30 score at Joel Barlow on Monday afternoon.

The host Falcons (4-2) tallied the game’s first ten points, built their lead to twenty (28-8) in the second quarter, and were never seriously challenged.

Platt Tech (3-4) may have been taller but the superior Barlow quickness, organization, and unselfishness was noticeable.

Victoria Shea of Barlow took the opening tip in for a layup and Platt Tech needed 5 ½ minutes of playing time before they could match that basket.  Camileia Collier (15 points) hit the ice-breaker for the Panthers and it ended a ten-point run by Barlow.

The Falcons defended full-court but it caused few turnovers.  However, when PT missed, Barlow was quick to fast break and outnumbered the visitors from Milford in transition often.  That was when the unselfishness kicked in as open ten-footers were turned down for assists to teammates even closer to the basket.

Victoria Shea chased by Karolina Liszezynska (13) and Broghan Lavery (14)

Victoria Shea chased by Karolina Liszezynska (13) and Broghan Lavery (14)

Platt Tech was content to use a zone defense and they had game-long trouble getting back after missed shots.  Even when the Panther defense was in place the Falcons passed and cut into openings for good shots.

Drew Bartro (14 points) led the Falcon scorers despite sitting out the fourth quarter.  She had eight of her points in the first quarter.  Drew was very effective inside even though (6-5) Aaliyah Bohannon was often in the area defending.

Kelly Mahoney (10 points) was the other Falcon in double figures.

Barlow coach Joe Carollo took off the full-court pressure even before halftime and had his team in a half-court zone for most of the second half.  This act of sportsmanship was a key to a 32-10 halftime lead not getting out of hand.

Platt Tech outscored the team from Redding, 20-18, in the second half.

Camileia Collier (15 points) rushes out to defend

Camileia Collier (15 points) rushes out to defend

Camileia Collier (15 points) paced the Panthers while Aaliyah Bohannon (10 points) also reached double figures.

Joel Barlow’s next game is at home with Masuk on January 2nd at 7PM.

Platt Tech travels to Kaynor Tech on the same day to play at 6PM.

I was surprised that PT didn’t try to lob the ball often inside to Aaliyah.  She had moves around the basket and there certainly wasn’t a Barlow defender close to her size.

The most remarkable thing about this game, to me, was the lack of whistles.  There were only nine fouls called in the entire game!  And it wasn’t that the officials were letting them play……..there just wasn’t a lot of contact.  The game was over in just over an hour even though at the start of the game every player was introduced and the National Anthem was played.

I like the lack of a shot clock.  The Falcons took a lot of time off the clock passing, passing, and then passing some more, against the PT zone.

I did some homework on the teams beforehand and came away impressed with Sarah McAniff’s resume.  I’m guessing that there will be some real tears shed by the volleyball, basketball, and softball coaches when she puts on the Joel Barlow graduation gown in 2013.

Joel Barlow boxscore

Platt Tech boxscore

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Ally Stillman (24) gets fouled

Ally Stillman (24) gets fouled

Emma Gallagher (7 points) gets a good look

Emma Gallagher (7 points) gets a good look

Drew Bartro defends Broghan Lavery

Drew Bartro defends Broghan Lavery

Sarah McAniff (10) looks to pass over Britany Jackson (20)

Sarah McAniff (10) looks to pass over Britany Jackson (20)

6-5 Aaliyah Bohannan (10 points)

6-5 Aaliyah Bohannan (10 points)

relaxing 4th quarter on Joel Barlow bench

relaxing 4th quarter on Joel Barlow bench

Kelly Gilbert (20) defended by Aaliyah Bohannon (12)

Kelly Gilbert (20) defended by Aaliyah Bohannon (12)

Tianna Reeves defends

Tianna Reeves defends

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Moriber and Lightman Lead Barlow Past Oxford 62-57 in Boys Basketball

Liam Rooney (3) passes Jake Lightman (33) to a second half layup.

Phil Moriber challenges JT Vankamerick.

(Easton) Great back-and-forth action between Barlow (2-2) and Oxford (1-2) on Wednesday night at fog-shrouded Barlow.  The Falcons broke loose from a one-point lead in the last two minutes for a 62-57 win in non-league action.

The victorious Falcons were carried by juniors Phil Moriber and Jake Lightman.  Both (6-3) players dropped twenty-three points on the visitors.

Phil struck from just about everywhere and drew box-and-one coverage early on.  Jake hustled his way to points in close against taller Wolverines converting four offensive rebounds along the way.

Barlow dominated early as first-half leads of 12-4 and 26-16 suggest.  That last lead came with 2:52 left in the first half.  Phil Moriber had ten of Barlow’s first twenty points despite concentrated coverage.

The last three minutes of the first half, however, was totally Oxford’s led by senior guard Tyler Gruttadauria.  The Wolverines rolled up fourteen unanswered points to gain a 30-26 halftime lead and Tyler (17 points) was the catalyst.  He contributed a layup, two free throws, and two long ones.

Tyler Gruttadauria (17 points)

With both teams showing good moments in the first half any guess on the second half outcome was about as foggy as conditions were outside…..and they were very tough for a newbie to this area getting to and from Barlow. This game was a poster child for owning a GPS!

Five minutes into the second half, Oxford still held a four-point lead (36-32) after two JT Vankamerick (11 points) free throws.  But the rest of that third quarter was nearly all Barlow’s.  The only offense for Oxford was a last-second three by Caithan Pratt.

Barlow’s late run of twelve points included five in the last 36 seconds.  Highlights here for Barlow were Jake Lightman rebounding his own missed free throw and making a layup. Later teammate Phil Moriber took a steal the length of the court.

This flurry gave Barlow a 44-39 advantage going into the final quarter.  That lead was extended to 50-41 with five minutes to go as the Falcons seemed to be separating from the Wolverines.  Junior Liam Rooney set Jake Lightman up beautifully with passes for layups in this run of good Barlow basketball.

Oxford, however, rallied back to within one (54-53) with two minutes left thanks to a jump shot and long one from Seth Calvanese.

Oxford was still only a productive possession away (57-55) with 42 seconds left.  Then Phil Moriber added a free throw (58-55) while Steve Mahoney missed a three.  This forced Oxford to foul.  Jake Lightman made the first (59-55), missed the second, but, and this was crucial, Phil Moriber found the rebound and he was fouled.  The junior made both shots (61-55) with twenty seconds left to seal this one for Barlow.

Jake Lightman (23 points) finishes inside

Barlow (2-2) used a 1-3-1 zone quite a bit and did plenty of trapping.

At Newtown on Tuesday night there was no program.  At Barlow there was a program but the list of Oxford names has no numbers beside them.

Barlow box score

Oxford box score

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Phil Moriber shoots

Jason Mraz (11 points) shoots over defenders

Chris Vankamerick drives lane

Phil Moriber rejects Tyler Gruttadauria shot

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