The East Haven Boys Basketball team lost the SCC Division II Championship Finals 34-26 on March 26th at Lyman Hall. Our players are disappointed about the results but still proud of their achievements throughout this season.
The Championship game was slow-paced but featured close scoring. It started off a bit rough for East Haven at the end of the 1st quarter with Lyman Hall leading 15-7 but got closer at the end of the 2nd with a score of 15-14. Lyman Hall scored 0 points in the 2nd quarter. East Haven took a small lead of 1 point at the end of the third quarter, 23-22. Mr. Robert Ruys, Lyman Hall's coach, said the following about East Haven's lead, "East Haven actually held us scoreless for about 11 or 12 minutes. They took the lead in the 3rd quarter, and really had us on the ropes." In the end, Lyman Hall took a large 8-point lead that brought them to victory, 34-26. Mr. Rick Narracci, the coach, said that the boys' loss was because "They [Lyman Hall] made a couple more plays in the last 5 minutes than we did [and] we were never able to get in any kind of offensive rhythm." Mr. Ruys describes the leading factor behind his team's win saying, "We believe our defense won the game for us. We took pride in our defense all season, and feel we played our best defense in the Championship Game."
The Yellow Jackets were generally disappointed about the results, but have a lot to take pride in. Ian Reynolds, a senior basketball player, says that "I'm very happy with the results of our past season. To almost win 10 games in a shortened season was amazing. We came 1 win short of winning the championship and while that's tough not many teams can say they played on the last day of the year and were one of them." Ian had 13.3 points per game (PPG) and was named "All-SCC." He plans to go into finance at Emmanuel College. Trey Garea, another senior, was "very satisfied, obviously we wanted to win the championship, but we accomplished a lot as a team." Trey plans to attend Prep School and go into law enforcement. Graduating senior and team captain Nicholas Furino is undecided on which college he'd like to attend but plans to go into Sports Management.
For seniors, this is their last time on the high school basketball court. The other East Haven graduating seniors include Alias Ford (10.4 PPG), Elyan Rivera, Mekhi Franklin, Lawrence Mingione, Devin Guliani-Santiago, Jayden Ortiz, Alexander Duarte.
While East Haven may have lost the championship, they still have plenty of other achievements to be proud of. Good luck to the Yellow Jacket seniors on their future careers!