(photo by Bob Luckey Jr./Hearst Connecticut Media
As reported in the Stamford Advocate on Thursday December 15, Varsity Boys Basketball defeated Brunswick 57-46: Though King School began Wednesday's game against basketball rival Brunswick School in impressive fashion, scoring an astounding 21 unanswered points, it saw its lead disappear when the surging Bruins went ahead by one point with 3 minutes, 49 seconds remaining.
Seeing the opposition erase such a large deficit late in a game may cause most teams to suffer a letdown, but the Vikings bounced right back.
Finishing with a flurry after a strong start, King made key plays down the stretch in its 57-46 win over Brunswick in an FAA matchup at Dann Gymnasium.
Forward LeVaughn Lewis scored a game-high 21 points, while guard Renn Lints added 14 points for King, which raised its record to 4-3.
"I like the way we are playing," said Vikings coach Greg Dobbs, who coached at Brunswick for 22 years, before arriving at King. "We were 2-5 this time last year and we lost to Brunswick, so it feels good to go into the holiday break with a winning record."
With their second straight loss, the Bruins dropped to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the FAA. Despite coming all the way back to take the lead in the second half, Brunswick spent the whole game climbing out of the 21-point hole it dug for itself.
"We were 0 for 14 shooting to start the game," Bruins coach Robert Taylor said. "To their credit, they played good defense and made us turn the ball over. You dig yourself a hole of 21 points after 10 minutes or so, it makes it a long game for you."
Senior guard Will Marvin scored a team-high 14 points, freshman forward Jack Molloy had eight points and senior guard Cameron Kelly contributed seven for Brunswick. Marvin swished a 3-pointer from the right side, giving Brunswick its first lead of the game at 44-43 with 3:49 left to play.
The Vikings quickly regained the lead though, as Lewis converted a layup with 3:30 to go, making it 45-44. Senior guard Trey Canevari (12 points) made a 3-pointer from the top of the key, then converted one of his two foul shots the next possession, giving the visitors a five-point edge at the 2:17 mark. Lints' fastbreak layup put the Vikings on top, 51-44, with 1:31 remaining.
"Even though they took the lead we knew there was nothing to worry about," said Lewis, who posted 10 second-half points. "As long as we stayed focused and kept our composure we knew we were going to be okay. When you don't keep your composure, you don't move the ball and take bad shots."
The opening half was one of big runs. The Vikings stormed out to a 21-0 lead, before the Bruins went on a 16-1 run to close to within 22-16. Five consecutive points from Lints and four from Lewis off a pair of strong low post moves, gave King a 16-0 advantage with 9:28 to go in the first half. Trailing 21-0, Brunswick finally scored when guard Muna Nwana drove the lane for a layup with 7:29 left in the first half.
"The first eight or nine minutes we played defense as well as we have played all year," said Dobbs, who notched his first victory against his former squad. "You get up 21, you don't think you are going to relax, but you do end up relaxing a little bit. Give them credit, they just kept coming at us and we made a few mistakes, making it a close game."
Said Lewis: "We did a good job of passing and moving the ball around and getting it down low. We came out really focused and made our layups."
Brunswick trailed 28-18 at halftime, then drew closer in the second half, using a pressing and trapping defense. Marvin scored 12 of his points during the second half to spark the Bruins.
"I was happy to see our guys came back, we just didn't close it out," said Taylor, whose team mostly played man-to-man defense. "We played some hard defense in the second half and tried to keep them off the offensive boards. We also made some transition baskets."
Junior Miles McQuillen contributed seven points for the Vikings, who shot just 11 for 27 from the foul line.
"What's nice about this win is that we received contributions from a lot of different people," Dobbs said. "We showed a lot of growth today."
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