BOYS BASKETBALL: Sheehan puts away Amity in OT

BOYS BASKETBALL: Sheehan puts away Amity in OT

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WALLINGFORD — Garrett Molampy fell on his wrist, briefly left the game holding his left knee and also smacked his previously broken nose on Friday night, but the junior gutted it out with a game-high 28 points to power the Sheehan boys basketball team to a 75-70 overtime victory over the Amity Spartans.

Molampy made a bucket to open the extra session and then the Titans did the rest of their damage from the line. The Titans were 9-for-14 from the charity stripe in overtime to seal the SCC Housatonic win and improve to 2-1 in the Housy.

“It meant a lot,” Molampy said. “We knew it was going to be a tough game and we knew we had to pass the ball around. 

“We played hard defense and our objective was to get to the hoop. We all worked as a team and that carried that game plan out and we got the W.”

Molampy finished 14-for-17 from the charity stripe and Sheehan was 25-for-34 as a team. The win pushed Sheehan’s record to 7-3, matching the Titans’ win total from last season.

Jack McDonnell (14 points) capped the game with a block and a rebound and dribbled the ball as time ran out. It was the second of two costly turnovers in the closing minute for the Spartans (6-3, 1-1 Housy).

“You could tell when I got pumped up after that block,” McDonnell said. “It was a great win. We feel we have proved ourselves. People are going to mark us as a good team. The sky is the limit for this team.”

The divisional foes were tied 64-64 leading into overtime after Sheehan let a 64-59 lead slip away in the final 56 seconds. Joseph Benedetti (11 points) made a jumper with 35 seconds to go to bring the Spartans within three points.

The Titans then missed a pair at the line and James Van Hise (15 points) tied the game with a 3-ball with 26 seconds left in regulation.

Sheehan had two of chances to seal the game, but a missed shot and a turnover pushed the game to overtime.

The Titans held a 36-30 advantage at the half led by Molampy’s 13 points at the break. The Titans had a big second quarter, shooting 10-for-16 from the field and opening 7-for-8 from the field.

Amity, also hot, opened the stanza by making their first four shots as the squads went back and forth.

The Titans had a pair of 6-0 spurts in the final 4:41 of the second quarter. McDonnell and Molampy both provided the bulk of the offense in that frame. Caden Cloutier (8 points) netted the final baskets of the second quarter as Sheehan went up 36-30 at the break.

Kris Jackson (15 points) and Molampy provided all of the Sheehan points in the first quarter. The Titans trailed 14-13 at the end of it as Amity didn’t turn the ball over in the opening quarter.

Sheehan led 46-45 at the end of the third quarter, though Amity’s Cole Wissink made a 3-ball at the buzzer for the Spartans.

Sebastian Formica drilled a corner trey to start the fourth quarter to give the Spartans a 48-46 lead.

Amity went to the full-court man to man, but it didn’t bother the Titans. They went on a 6-0 run with two buckets by Jackson and a Cloutier layup to go up 52-48.

Van Hise tied the game with a 3-ball with 26 seconds left.

Sheehan had a scare in the closing minutes of regulation as Molampy left the game in pain holding his left knee. He would later return.

Jackson also took a bad spill on a drive to the hole in the fourth, but was able to stay in the game.

“I love my team,” Sheehan coach Joe Gaetano said. “I said that before. We had to dig in and do the job, and we did it. We were missing three kids and our rotation was a little short, but our kids gave us some good minutes. We didn’t quit and we kept banging. I couldn’t be happier with our performance tonight.”

Friday’s victory came on the heels of a 71-69 win over Shelton on Wednesday at home in which Cameron Afanador provided the game-winner in the final seconds. Afanador was among three Titan regulars unavailable to Gaetano on Friday night due to ilness.

Sheehan will also get a boost for the second half of the season when 6-foot-3 junior forward Arthur Cordes joins the Titans after sitting out the first 10 games due to his transfer from Xavier.


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