Greenwich moves atop FCIAC standings

Alex Wolf of Greenwich, right, battles for the ball during Friday's game vs. Darien. Bob Luckey Photo

Alex Wolf of Greenwich, right, battles for the ball during Friday’s game vs. Darien. Bob Luckey Photo

Twelve games into the season, Greenwich finds itself atop the FCIAC standings.

The Cardinals raised their record to 12-0 overall and 10-0 in conference play with a 61-49 victory over Darien in a game it led the whole way Friday night. Meanwhile, Westhill knocked off Bridgeport Central, 78-75 in overtime, handing the Hilltoppers their first loss of the season. Central is 11-1 overall and 10-1 in the FCIAC. The big Greenwich-Central matchup is set for Feb. 11 in Bridgeport.

As for the Cardinals game vs. the Blue Wave on Friday, it was a defensive struggle for most of the first half. The Cards picked up the pace the final three minutes of the opening half, scoring 16 points to take a 28-15 lead. Senior guard CJ Byrd continued his sensational season, scoring a game-high 21 points. Tommy Povinelli, also a senior, efficiently ran the offense from his point guard position, registering six assists to go along with 14 points.

Cardinals senior 6-foot-9 center Alex Wolf neutralized Darien big man Chima Azuonwu, who stands 6-10. Wolf had eight of his 10 points in the second half, six of which came during a spurt that saw the Cardinals break the game open in the final quarter. Senior Jonathan Palmer provided more strong defensive play for Greenwich. Palmer’s assignment Friday was guarding Darien standout point guard Matt Staubi during certain stretches. Staubi scored 15 points, seven of which came from the foul line.

Junior Griffin Golden (5 points), senior Patrick Santini and senior Kyle Foote (4 points) gave the Cards a boost off the bench. The Cardinals will look to continue their season of perfection Tuesday on the road at Fairfield Ludlowe.

Here’s my game story on Greenwich’s win vs. Darien


Dave Fierro