McMahon keeps alive state playoff hopes

With its victory over Darien on Tuesday night, McMahon kept alive its slim hopes of qualifying for the state playoffs. The Senators need to win out in its last four games to reach the 8 victories needed to qualify. Ken Dustin’s team has a tough road, with games against Ridgefield (9-4), Harding (5-9), St. Joseph’s (12-1), and Bridgeport Central (11-3), teams that are a combined 37-18.

Still, Dustin wasn’t conceding anything.

“I don’t go into any game thinking we’re really an underdog, especially the way we’ve been playing. We just have to play four quarters and be able to finish and be able to take care of the ball,” Dustin said.  “We have to win four out of four. They’re understanding how to play a more simple basketball game. To not overanalyze or overcommit or overdo what they can, to not make the unnecessary pass. They’re making great adjustments. They’re learning basketball very well and I can’t wait to continue it.”

Darien, with 3 wins, also has to win out. Reaching 8 wins is of course the goal, but coach Kyle Marian said surpassing 4 wins — something the program hasn’t done in quite a while — is the first goal.

“This program hasn’t won more than 4 games in a long time, so we’re trying to cross that threshold as well and make a push for states,” Marian said. “At some point it’s gotta kick in that we’re running out of opportunities.”

Cameron D. Martin