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Boys’ basketball defeats FCIAC second seed team in a defining match Article and photos by Madison andrews '21

The Staples boys’ basketball team defeated Stamford 72-70 to extend their record this season to 11-3 in the Staples gym on Thursday, Feb. 6.

For the fourth quarter, the Wreckers kept up the good work on both sides of the court. On the defensive side they allowed Stamford to gain momentum giving up many fouls. The Wreckers allowed Stamford to gain 20 points, while gaining 17 themselves, keeping the game very close.

Lucas Basich ’21 looks to pass the ball and set up in the offensive zone.

In the final minutes, Stamford kept drawing fouls, allowing the game to be determined on free throws, back and forth until time ran out. The Wreckers were able to pull ahead and win with a final score of 72-70.

“[The] mindset coming into the game was to get the job done and bring home the W,” captain Benny Feur ’20 said. “Looking forward to the rest of the season, we want to build off this game and clean up the spots where we don’t play very well and continue playing the basketball that has been successful for us thus far.”

Benny Feur ’20 defends Stamford as they apply pressure on the Wreckers defense.

In the first quarter, Staples started out hungry. They pressured the Stamford offense with multiple turnovers and steals and converted on a ton of opportunities. The Staples starters were quickly able to rack up 25 points and catch Stamford defense sleeping on the plays. At the end of the first quarter, Staples led Stamford 25-16.

In the second quarter, Staples continued with their tenacious defense. They controlled the ball for most of the quarter with crisp passing to find the open player. Going into the half, Staples led 39-28, holding the lead in the first half.

Jake Thaw ’20 brings the ball up the court and makes a move around Stamford defense.

Team manager Dylan Curran ’20 explained how the win against Stamford was a challenging one. “The game tonight was such a tough battle because Stamford kept up their defense,” Curran ’20 said.

Staples got most of the rebounds in their offensive zone and had once again, very good defense to shut out the Stamford offense. After three quarters, the Wreckers sustained the lead with a score of 55-50.

The win against Stamford was crucial to the Wreckers playoff standings.

“We found a way to grind out a victory against a very good basketball team,” A.J. Konstanty’20 said. “In my four years playing Staples basketball, we have not beaten Stamford at the varsity level. With the win last night, we take first place in the FCIAC west division, which is huge.”

A.J. Konstanty ’20 takes a free throw after being fouled.

A.J. Konstanty ’20 is looking forward to the postseason. “For the rest of the season, we want to win out,” Konstanty ’20 said. “We want to take home the FCIAC and State playoffs and we believe we have the ability to do so.”

Next game is Monday, Feb. 10 against Ridgefield at Ridgefield High School.

Tags: basketball, wreckers, stamford, FCIAC, States