By defeating the Terrapins by a final score of 24-19 on Sunday, the Hurricanes were crowned champions of the Darien sixth grade boys basketball league in a well-played and exciting championship final at Middlesex Middle School.
The Hurricanes started strong with Harry Rayhill winning the opening tap and tipping the ball to Sean Collins, who then fed Alex Murray for an easy layup. The Hurricanes fed off this momentum and opened the game on a 10-0 run with Murray leading the way with 6 points.
However, the Terrapins mounted a strong comeback in the second quarter with Patrick Burke taking over the game by scoring six points and making four steals. The Hurricanes scored a closing basket to end the half, and the lead was 12-6 at intermission.
The second half was competitive throughout, but the Hurricanes maintained the lead through the continued strong guard play of Collins, the sharp shooting of Murray and the tough rebounding effort from Rayhill.
The victory likely would not have happened if not for the strong second half play of Hurricane guard Alex Dehmel and forward Cole Stevenson. Dehmel ran the point to perfection and Stevenson showing his complete game on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Shane Ford also stepped up with some blanket defense which caused two turnovers. With the game tightening in the fourth quarter, Hurricanes center Justin Canelli came up big with three key rebounds while Matt Hedges hit a clutch foul shot to give the Hurricanes a five-point lead which they never relinquished.
Final scoring leaders for the Hurricanes were Murray with eight points and Collins with six points.
In defeat, the Terrapins were led by Burke’s 14 points and numerous rebounds. Max Gasvoda also played well in defeat for the Terrapins by running the point and breaking down the Hurricanes’ defense for assists to Burke. John Giannatasio and Charlie Baylis were the other standouts for the Terrapins.
The Hurricanes finished the season 11-2 and developed a great rivalry with the Terrapins. The Hurricanes beat the Terrapins in the regular season but lost to them on Friday on a last second one-point loss.