RIVALRY BASKETBALL: Finishing flourish completes sweep for Sheehan and denies LH boys postseason ticket

RIVALRY BASKETBALL: Finishing flourish completes sweep for Sheehan and denies LH boys postseason ticket

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WALLINGFORD — The Sheehan boys basketball used an 18-0 run in the fourth quarter to run away with a 75-45 victory over crosstown rival Lyman Hall at home on Monday night.

The Titans completed a season sweep of the Trojans, improved to 12-7 overall and 4-4 in the SCC Housatonic, and ended Lyman Hall’s quest to qualify for the postseason.

The familiar names of senior Garrett Molampy (22 points) and sophomore Jack McDonnell (18 points) provided the bulk of the scoring for Sheehan in a game that was tight until the Titans capped the game with a 25-5 run over the final 5:28.

“I don’t think there was ever a game that I wanted to win more than this game tonight,” McDonnell said. “We came through as a team. Everybody was incredible. The atmosphere was here was unbelievable.”

Sheehan held a 29-18 at the half. McDonnell had 10 and Molampy eight at the break.

The Titans led by as many as 13 midway through the second quarter. The Trojans used a 6-0 spurt over 1:01 late in the second quarter on a pair of hoops by Cam Regan (6 points) and a Tyler Voisine layup. McDonnell canned a baseline jumper and Molampy registered two free throws late in the period as the home squad held a 11-point edge at the half.

McDonnell remained hot in the second half. He drilled his first two shots — a mid-range jumper and a 3-pointer — as Sheehan went back up by 16, 34-18.

Lyman Hall responded with a 10-2 run sparked by seven straight points from Austin Ruiz (game-high 22 points) and single buckets from Luke O'Reardon and Shakespeare Rodriguez.

Ruiz netted 17 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half to keep the Trojans within striking distance. He dropped in a pair from the charity stripe to get LH (5-13, 2-7 Housatonic)  back within 48-40 with 6:04 to go.

That proved to be the visitors last gasp.

“Austin had a great game in his last game against Sheehan,” Lyman Hall coach Rob Ruys said. “I love that kid and you know what you are going to get from him every time.”

Sheehan coach Joe Gaetano called for a timeout after Ruiz’s freebies and the Titans responded with the 18-0 run. It started with a Molampy 3-pointer and a layup.

“I thought we were getting a little sloppy on offense and defense and I thought we needed to pick the up the intesnity on both sides of the ball,” Gaetano said. “Everyone contributed tonight. I’m proud of my kids and how they played both offensively and defensively.”

Arthur Cordes (9 points) also struck twice from long distance in that critical span.

Senior Timothy Tangari (6 points) capped the run with a 3-pointer off the bench that drew the largest cheer of the night from the Sheehan faithful.

“Tim’s the man of the school and when he makes a shot the crowd goes crazy,” Molampy said.

“Today was one of our best games all season. We had a lot of energy and our defense was really strong today. We only allowed 45 points. It was a great team win.”

The Titans, winners of three in a row, took the first meeting with LH 60-46 on Jan 4.

“I told the guys that the score didn’t reflect the way the guys played,” Ruys said. “It got away from us a little in the fourth quarter. We had to gamble a little bit being down 10 points. To their credit, they knocked down 3’s by the bundle. I mean everybody. We were doubling Molampy and he just kept scoring. We tried a triangle-and-two on him and Jack. We tried multiple defense and everyone kept scoring.”


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