Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ROUNDUP: Wilby, St. Paul boys eliminated

Wednesday night was the end of the line for the Wilby and St. Paul boys basketball teams.
A foul shot in the final seconds sent the No. 9 Wildcats home with a 76-75 loss to No. 8 Bassick of Bridgeport in a Class L second round matchup. No. 31 St. Paul saw its run end with a 64-50 loss to No. 15 East Windsor in East Windsor in a Class S second round contest.
Here's more about each game:
No. 8 Bassick 76, No. 9 Wilby 75: The Wildcats used a 16-3 run to close the first half with a 38-37 lead. Wilby was up a point in the fourth quarter when big man Damian Grant fouled out with 5:01 showing on the clock. The Wildcats were still in the game until the end, but one final foul gave the Lions the chance to win the game, and they did. Wilby had a final chance to win, but a mad scramble of a play ended without the winning bucket that the Wildcats desired. 
Wilby finished the season with a record of 17-8. It was the final game for seniors Dimitri Yates, Darrien Bell, Jerquan Smalls, Ahmad Alves, Damian Grant, Ezra Goodman and Shawn Coles.
No. 15 East Windsor 64, No. 31 St. Paul 50: The Falcons couldn't keep the magic going and were eliminated by the Panthers.
St. Paul was down six at halftime, 24-18, but rallied to within three points near the end of the third quarter. That's when East Windsor canned a back-breaking trey to up the lead back to six. The Panthers were able to hold on and move on from there.
St. Paul finished the season with a record of 11-12. It was the final game for seniors Benjamin Mazzone, Jackson Hines, Jacob Palmieri, Chadd Richardson and Michael Ranagan.

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