In a performance that more than one member of the Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball called a “season maker”, the Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball team opened up a 16-point lead and held on to beat Fairfield Prep, 52-44, in the Fairfield Prep Alumni Holiday Classic.
Ludlowe’s now won this tournament two years in a row, and the Falcons have to feel good entering the new year. Ludlowe center Andrew Kimberly was named Tournament MVP after logging 17 points and eight rebounds just two nights after recording a double-double. Teammates Brett and Erik Krumins were also named to the All-Tournament teams, as well as Stephen Gulish and Robbie Bier from Fairfield Prep.
For more on last night’s championship game, read Mike Cardillo’s story from the Connecticut Post here, http://www.ctpost.com/basketball/article/Kimberly-powers-Ludlowe-over-Prep-in-title-game-304220.php
Quotes from the championship game
Ludlowe head coach Josh Marko
on winning the tournament: “We came into this week with no wins, and we’re coming out with a championship trophy, two wins under our belt and a little bit of momementum…This was about as big of a week as we could possibly have.”
on Kimberly’s performance in the tournament: “We need to get him established. He’s so tough down there. He’s very difficult to defend…Now that he’s a senior he’s really stepping forward, I couldn’t be happier. That’s a kid that deserves everything that is coming to him.”
on containing Prep’s transition offense: “We worked on that for 25 minutes in practice, just learning how to sprint back and find a guy…we couldn’t let them get 60 points tonight, we would’ve lost.”
on the momentum boost that Ludlowe gets from winning the tournament: “This tournament makes or breaks teams sometimes. I give these guys credit.”
Prep head coach Rich Lee
on falling behind 14 in the first half: “You couldn’t get off to a worse start than we had. Defensive breakdowns, not executing on offense, when you get frustrated on the offensive end, it manifests itself into sloppy play. We’re a lot better team than we showed.”
on coming back to cut the lead to four in the second half: “I was proud of them. Everybody thought the game was over…I think if we had gotten to within two, we might’ve been able to pull off the miracle. It was nice to see that there was some fire there. It’s something to build on.”
on Kimberly: “I know him very well…I give credit to him, he played great. I’m proud of him because I’ve known him since he was 9 or 10 years old and he didn’t get a great chance the last few years. He’s a great kid and hope he continues to improve as well.”
Warde wins consolation
In a game that was played with a lot of intensity and had a number of twists and turns, Warde beat Notre Dame in the consolation game of the Prep Tournament, 56-55 in overtime.
The Mustangs got a stellar performance from returning senior captain Tyler Bisack, who scored 20 points, had three assists and three rebounds, including an assist on the Warde’s game-winning final play. Bisack and center Mersim Markovic ran a pick-and-roll and Markovic hit a layup to win the game and improve Warde to 4-1.
Markovic had another good night, despite getting into foul trouble early. The senior center logged nine points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks as he was an all-tournament player as well. He also played strong defense against ND’s all-tournament representative, Arkel Miles, as Miles recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
Warde head coach Walter Fitzgerald admitted that this was a game that his team wouldn’t have won in the past, and I agree. Warde executed when it counted and, despite blowing a four-point lead late in the game, rebounded to get to 4-1. The Mustangs are now just four games from a state tournament berth. Look for more on this game in Wednesday’s Fairfield Citizen
Warde girls pummeled by Career Magnet
The Mustangs are in a terrible place right now, and Warde really needs to limp to 2010 and hope that it can improve.
Don’t get me wrong, Career is very good, very athletic and a difficult team to handle, but it was the perfect storm for Warde. The Mustangs had to play as close to perfectly as possible to win the game, and Warde could not convert on the offensive end. After Warde jumped out to a 7-4 lead, Career went on a 27-1 run to take a 31-8 halftime lead. The game was 52-12 after three quarters of play.
This is danger zone for Dave Danko. I’m sure his confidence is wearing thin, and if his team wants to make the FCIAC and state playoffs, they’d better grow up fast.
Fairfield, SHU women both lose
Iowa State only led Fairfield’s women’s team by four at halftime, but the Cyclones outscored Fairfield, 38-10 in the second half to pull off a 67-37 win in the Cyclone Challenge.
Sacred Heart’s women’s team completed its 2009 campaign with a 51-46 loss to Siena College. Alisa Apo scored 21 points in the loss.
The boxes for both games can be found here. http://www.ctpost.com/basketball/article/Iowa-State-women-dominate-Fairfield-67-37-304275.php
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