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BOYS BASKETBALL Rams power past Cardinals

December 22, 2018

NEW CANAAN — On a night when New Canaan basketball honored legendary coach Don Usher, the current group of Rams seemed to channel some of that 1980s magic.

Usher was the head basketball coach at the school from 1976-1994, often having his teams play in front of large home crowds.

Playing in front of a boisterous crowd as well as many alumni, New Canaan came out on fire and never looked back, beating Greenwich 66-45 Friday night.

“This was a really big win for us. Against Wilton we didn’t shoot well and tonight we got off to a really good start and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Everyone fed off that energy, especially with that big crowd we had tonight,” New Canaan senior Jack Richardson said. “Don Usher night really got us going and helped us to put a lot of points on the board. We had a huge bomb squad tonight and the energy from them was big.”

Richardson scored 10 points for the Rams who got a balanced attack with Will Bozzella scoring 14 off the bench and Alex Gibbens and Ben Sarda each scoring 13.

New Canaan hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, putting up 24 points in the opening eight minutes.

Leading by 11 at the half, New Canaan turned up the defensive intensity in the third, building the lead to 56-28 after three.

“Their level of intensity, we could not match it,” Greenwich coach Christopher Lovermi said. “They came out ready to go, they played with an edge and we struggled to match it. They also shot the ball really well. We hung with them for a little bit but we just could not match their level of intensity tonight.”

Greenwich was paced by 14 points from Chris Genaro and 12 from Oliver Milledge.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Will Bozzella, New Canaan. The sophomore sniper came off the bench hitting four 3s, for a game-high 14 points.

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“We looked like a different team tonight. We shot the ball well and we played with a lot more confidence tonight. The kids were disappointed we didn’t beat Wilton but to come back the way we did tonight shows a lot of mental toughness,” New Canaan coach Danny Melzer said. “Excellent atmosphere here tonight. Loved the crowd. I know our kids feed off of that. The alumni being back is awesome and it was great to honor coach Usher tonight. I am glad we could win on his night.”

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

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