GREENWICH, Conn. The Greenwich High boys basketball team has jumped out to its best start in years thanks to a rock-solid defense.
But the Cardinals had the rare problem of getting out-defended by an upstart Norwalk team on Tuesday. The Bears finished the game on an 11-0 run to hand Greenwich its second loss of the season, 45-36.
It was a night that saw each team grind out every point, shot, rebound and block -- and a halftime score of just 19-15 in favor of Norwalk. Alex McMurray went on a nine-point tear in the third and fourth quarter to give Greenwich its only lead of the night, 30-29.
The guys were resilient and faced adversity for three quarters. But we werent playing well offensively in the fourth and didnt make our shots, which tends to happen when youre the visitor in the gym, Greenwich head coach Bill Brehm said. Coming back was great, but we need to take that extra step of once we have that lead to play with it and be patient with it.
Norwalks Rasheen Thompson led the Bears game-ending run, getting to the free throw line four times in the fourth quarter, making five foul shots. Thompson tied for a game-high 13 points and led the team with five assists.
Greenwichs zone defense slowed Norwalks speedy offense down, but the Bears were able to adapt. The Bears were not afraid to drive to the basket, owning points in the paint on the evening.
Freshman Roy Kane Jr. continued to put up impressive numbers off the bench, also scoring 13 points 11 of which came in the first quarter. Kane pulled down nine rebounds, a team-high.
Norwalk neutralized Greenwich big men Greg Donlic and Sem Kroon, holding the duo to just two points combined in the second half. Kroon and Alejandro Rodriguez led the Cardinals with 10 points each.
Turnovers in the fourth hurt us and getting into foul trouble was tough as well, Brehm said. Hopefully the guys respond like the last time we lost and work hard in practice and come out strong in the next one.
Greenwich (8-2) will try to bounce back on Friday when the Cardinals host Harding at 7 p.m.
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