BOYS BASKETBALL: Against Maloney, Enfield’s eagle eyes were lethal from long range

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MERIDEN — Enfield used a 16-2 run to start the second half to spark a 62-48 CCC crossover boys basketball victory over Maloney at the Benjamin P. Nessing Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

The big run put the Eagles up 38-22.

Maloney made an answering run, but could get no closer than six points as the visitors were deadly from behind the arc, shooting 8-for-12 from distance.

Enfield snapped a three-game losing streak with the win and improved to 3-4 overall. Maloney fell to 1-3.

“I thought the kids did well executing down the stretch," Enfield coach Kevin Zalucki said. “We knew Maloney was a scrappy team. The guys came out and made shots, especially in that third quarter. It was good to see because we knew we were capable of it. We just haven’t done it consistently.”

Enfield’s Isaiah Plummer had four treys and a game-high 18 points. Tighe Thebodeau had three 3-pointers and 15 points. Josiah Whaley was also in double digits for the Eagles with 12 points.

Maloney had three players in double figures. Ty Flowers had a team-high 12 points on four 3-pointers. Marquis Ward had 11 points and Donte Kelly added 10.

Enfield led 22-19 at the half. After the CCC foes fought to a 14-14 draw in the first quarter, Enfield’s 2-3 zone defense held Maloney to 2-for-11 from the field in the second quarter.

The Spartans went scoreless for the final 4:43 of the first half and that enabled the Eagles to take their three-point halftime lead.

Flowers, a senior guard, had a pair of 3-pointers in the first half to highlight the Maloney offense. 

Devonny De'Leon added two buckets in the post for the Spartans as the hosts went up 9-4 midway through the first quarter. De'Leon also drew three charges in the game.

The Eagles went on a 10-0 over a 1:57 span late in the first quarter to go up 14-9. Flowers drilled his second trey of the quarter at the one-minute mark and swished a pair from the line as Maloney tied it 14-14.

Alex Herron opened the scoring in the second quarter for Enfield with a hoop in the paint.

Maloney senior Ian Graham drilled a corner trey and Kelly followed with a layup as the Spartans went up 19-16.

Enfield ended the second frame on a 6-0 run with a pair from the line by Plummer, a putback by Herron and and a drive by Thebodeau.

The third quarter was a tale of two big runs. Enfield came out scorching. The Eagles drilled their first five shots, including three 3-pointers.

Following the team’s first miss of the quarter, Fritz-Carly Andre capped the 16-2 Enfield run with an old-fashioned 3-point play as the visitors went up 38-22 with 4:11 to go in the third. 

Ward sparked a 12-2 Maloney run to finish the quarter. The sophomore had five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in the final four minutes of the third quarter as the Spartans clawed back to within 40-34. 

“We need that effort for all four quarters," Maloney coach Dave Parness said. “We need to find ways to keep teams from going on big runs so we aren’t chasing 13 points.”

Enfield hurt any thoughts of a Maloney comeback by starting the fourth quarter with three 3-pointers, two by Plummer and one by Thebodeau.

The spurt put Enfield back up 49-34. The teams exchanged hoops for the rest of the game.

“We were disapointed tonight," Parness said. “We didn’t guard them in transition and we knew the guys we had to guard and we didn’t get out on their shooters.”


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