Notre Dame-West Haven boys basketball jumps on Bassick to win Winter Snow Jam

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WEST HAVEN – It didn’t take long for Notre Dame-West Haven to assert itself on Thursday night.

The Green Knights (4-0 and ranked 12th in the GametimeCT.com preseason poll) scored 29 of the game’s opening 33 points en route to an 86-47 blowout from Bassick in the Winter Snow Jam Championship game at Notre Dame high school. .

“I’m not surprised, but I’m happy,” Notre Dame coach Jason Shea said. “I hope we can get healthy again and with such a quick start to the season we only have half of our stuff. Now we have to prepare to come back and go to Northwest Catholic (December 30). “


The huge victory came with Notre Dame playing without point guard Mekhi Conner and winger Timaury Gay, who were absent due to illness (not COVID).

“We did a good job setting the pace,” said Shea. “We were shorthanded tonight without them.”

Notre Dame scored the first 11 points of the night with tournament MVP Andrew Lazarre (17 points) representing seven of them.

The Lions’ only field goal in the first eight minutes came from Nayshaun Scott, who scored three points with 3:15 left in the first quarter.

After taking a 21-4 advantage late in the first quarter over an Andre Nugent Jr. trey (18 points), the Green Knights also scored the first eight points of the second quarter with Jordan Elliott contributing back-to-back buckets.

Bassick’s turnovers consistently hurt the Lions as Notre Dame used his transition play to open the big lead.

“It was our team’s defense that forced the turnovers,” said Lazarre. “I think we’re the best transition team in the state. We got a lot of baskets on turnovers.

Tyrese Hammond and Hasan Powell’s three helped Bassick reduce the lead to 36-18 with 3:26 remaining until halftime. However, the Green Knights had a 14-2 run to end the half with Tim Swanson hitting a three-runner to give Notre Dame their biggest lead at this point, 50-20, at the break.

A pair of free throws from Joshua Santiago (12 points) brought him down to 52-24, but Notre Dame delivered a 13-0 push fueled by Tajae Jones with seven points, including a monster dunk that took him to 67-24 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.

Notre Dame pulled out most of its starters in the fourth quarter with a 69-29 lead.

It was Bassick’s first loss after the Lions opened their season with three wins.

“I told the guys sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you,” Bassick coach Bernie Lofton said. “Tonight the bear ate us. They share the ball and make a good team and we’ve learned a lot from that tonight.

Bassick also played without one of his best players at Jakari Tertulien, who was also ill (not COVID).

“He’s the glue of our team,” said Lofton.

ST. JOSEPH WINS CONSOLATION

St. Joseph won the match for third place, 76-72.

The Cadets lagged for most of the fourth quarter, but sent it into overtime, stopping things at 61-61.

In overtime, Will Sydnor and Johnny Niv scored three points to open the overtime as the Cadets scored the first 12 points in overtime.

Ethan Long led St. Joseph with 20 points, while Niv added 17 points and Sydnor 16 points.

Caleb Harris led Hamden with 14 points, while Derrell Redd and De’Andre Coardes added 13 each.

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