Nice win by Bassick the other night, down 11 with 4 minutes remaining but rallying to beat New Canaan 72-70. A week after defeating Westhill on a buzzer-beater by William Gill, Mike Lomax fired his own shot through New Canaan’s hearts at the buzzer.
Here’s the story that appeared in today’s paper. Lomax shot lifts Bassick over New Canaan. Just one quick correction, Lomax scored 23 points not 20 as mentioned.
The biggest shots of the night might have been the ones Lomax took to tie the game. Down 70-67 with 21 seconds remaining, Lomax was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. Admittedly not Bassick’s best foul shooter, Lomax calmly stepped to the line and made all three.
Ironically, those were just the fifth foul shots Bassick took all game. After going 4-for-4 from the line in the first quarter, they didn’t take any in the second or third quarters. Bassick finished 8-of-9 from the line compared to New Canaan’s 14-of-21 — which irked the Bassick coaching staff some.
Not mentioned in the story was an incident that nearly cost the Lions. Ahead 24-16 after the first quarter, Bassick tried to substitute newcomer Craig Baldwin into the game. He had just been granted a waiver of Bridgeport’s transfer rule by the Board of Education. But Bassick failed to put him on the roster, costing the Lions a technical foul, which New Canaan converted into two points. It looked as if it would loom large, but Lomax’ heroics erased the mistake.
ELSEWHERE: A couple of shakeups in the SWC. Barlow pulls off its biggest win of the year, a 68-64 victory over Stratford. Aaron Kaufman had 24 and Jason Greenberg 19. …Though Newtown didn’t call with the result, Brookfield, which was 1-4 in the SWC heading into Thursday night, took down the Nighthawks, who were once 11-0 and have suddenly lost two of three games. …Kolbe Cathedral’s Andrae Beckford had his first big night since suffering a concussion almost a month ago. He scored 15 while teammate Dom Langston added 22 to offset a 37-point night by Steve Zazuri in a 74-64 win over Masuk. …In the SCC Fairfield Prep’s struggles continued when West Haven’s Ruben Parra nailed a jumper to lifed the Westies to a 51-49 victory. …Andrei Oztemel scored 18 points and Staples did a nice job, but the Wreckers lost to Trinity by 10 53-43
Finally, Harding put away suddenly suspect Westhill easily, 68-51 to keep pace in the FCIAC race. Still no news on the Charlie Bentley front, except to say that nothing has changed.