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GHS boys basketball team beats South Windsor in 2 OT

December 28, 2018

Overcoming an outstanding performance from Justice Ellison, Greenwich registered an 86-76 comeback win in double overtime against South Windsor Thursday in the first round of the Bristol Central Basketball Tournament.

The Cardinals (2-1) will play either Bristol Central or Wolcott in Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. championship game.

Ellison, a junior, scored a game-high 54 points, including six 3-pointers to power South Windsor, which saw Greenwich stage a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime.

Senior 6-foot-6 center Oliver Milledge paced the Cardinals with a career-high 30 points. Milledge converted a foul shot with 0.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 66-66 and send the game into overtime.

“It was a great win,” GHS coach Christopher Lovermi said. “We held the lead the majority of the game, then they caught up and took the lead toward the end of the fourth quarter. We hit some big shots at the end of regulation and overtime.”

Greenwich led 38-29 at halftime, then held a 52-42 advantage after three quarters. Behind Ellison, South Windsor outscored the Cardinals, 24-14, during the fourth quarter to even the score at 66-66. Ellison made 20 shots from the field and converted 8 of his 10 free throw attempts.

“We threw a lot of different people at him, but he was super good tonight,” Lovermi said of Ellison. “He was hitting 3-pointers and driving to the basket. We kept battling after we went behind a little bit in the fourth quarter and we were disciplined in overtime.”

The first overtime concluded in a 71-71 tie, then the Cards took control in the second overtime session. Junior guard Chris Genaro added 18 points, including four 3-pointers, while senior guard Greg Altamore contributed 15 points to help lead the Cardinals.

Senior forward Billy Nail had 11 points and senior Christopher Mark had six points for Greenwich, which made 10 3-pointers for the game.

“We had a lot of contributors on the offensive end, which obviously, helped us,” Lovermi said.

South Windsor converted 29 shots from the floor, 20 of which were by Ellison. Senior Zach Donohue had nine points for South Windsor.

GREENWICH 86, SOUTH WINDSOR 76

GREENWICH — 18 30 14 14 5 15 - 86

SOUTH WINDSOR— 11 18 13 24 5 5 - 76

GREENWICH (86)

Chris Genaro 6 2-2 18; Gavin Muir 1 0-0 2; Mozi Bici 2 0-0 4; Chris Mark 2 2-2 6; Greg Altamore 5 3-5 15; Billy Nail 3 2-3 11; Oliver Milledge 13 4-6 30. Totals: 32 13-18 86.

SOUTH WINDSOR (76)

Shaiellis Harrison 3 0-0 6; Trevor Anthony 1 0-0 2; Zach Donohue 3 2-2 9; Justice Ellison 20 8-10 54; Mo Barry 2 1-2 5. Totals: 29 11-14 76.

3-pointers: G - Genaro 4, Nail 3, Altamore 2; SW - Ellison 6, Donohue.

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