A close game was expected when FAA basketball rivals Brunswick School and Greens Farms Academy dueled Wednesday.
The Dragons entered the key conference game with an overall record of 11-2 and a robust 9-1 mark in the FAA. The Bruins were 8-6, but boasted a 6-1 mark in the FAA.
So what happened? Greens Farms promptly went out and dominated the game. The Bruins were hurt by three Greenwich residents, all of whom start for the Dragons. Sean Obi, a 6-foot-9 senior center, Hunter Eggers, a senior forward, and Matt Tate, a junior point guard, combined for 38 points in Greens Farms’ resounding 66-44 win over the host Bruins.
Brunswick, which received 10 points from point guard Henry Taylor, hung in the game during the first half, as it trailed by two with six minutes remaining. But the Dragons upped their lead to 11 by the half and once the second half began, the Bruins deficit grew.
The Bruins couldn’t stop the Dragons in transition, a problem most of Greens Farms opponents have experienced. Obi (10 rebounds) began several of Greens Farms’ fastbreak opportunities with long outlet passes after clearing the ball off the glass. Tate, a terror throughout the game, had 10 of his 15 points in the first half for the Dragons. I was impressed with the determination Greens Farms showed at the start of the second half. Holding an 11-point lead, GFA continued to push the tempo, forcing the Bruins to scramble back on defense nearly every possession. There was no letdown at all after the first half. Since Greens Farms’ lone conference loss was to King and Brunswick beat King by 20, the Dragons felt they had to make a statement Wednesday.
“This was an important win for us, because Brunswick is a very good team,” Obi said. “We play King next Monday and that’s a big game because we already lost to them.”
With a two-game lead in the FAA with four games remaining, GFA has the inside track toward getting the No. 1 seed for the FAA Tournament.
“They are the team to beat and have been the team to beat,” Brunswick coach Robert Taylor said. “They are big, quick and athletic, they’re a tough team. We hope to see them again.”