Staples Boys Basketball Falls to East Hartford in First Round of States By Isabella Didio

After jumping out to a fast start, the Staples Wreckers fell behind the #4 seeded East Hartford Hornets and couldn’t climb their way back in, resulting in a 74-48 season ending loss on March 6, 2017.

The Wreckers knew that it would be a tough game, but they were confident going into it.

“Anytime going into a game the goal is obviously to win. We were well prepared, unfortunately it just wasn’t our night,” Jake Thaw ’20 said.

#1 Justin Seidman '17 prepares to shoot a three

Early zone defense by the Wreckers forced the Hornets to commit multiple turnovers, which helped Staples race to a 16-14 lead heading into the second quarter. A three-point shot by Max Sussman ’18 and strong drives to the basket by Sean Pritchett ’17 and Justin Seidman ’17 help the Wreckers gain the early advantage.

However the Hornets came out hot in the second quarter and went on a 25-10 run that left the Wreckers struggling to come back. East Hartford picked up the pace on the offensive end and shut down the Wreckers with a combination of three-point shooting, offensive rebounds and transition layups.

For seniors Matty Fair ’17, Brendan Massoud ’17, Justin Seidman ’17 and Sean Pritchett ’17, this game marked the last they will ever play in a Staples uniform.

The Wreckers finished their season with a record of 9-12 while the Hornets (19-2) will continue onto the next round of the state playoffs against Darien.

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