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ND-Fairfield boys race past Hyde

Published 10:29 pm, Monday, March 4, 2013
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By Pat Pickens

FAIRFIELD — If the Notre Dame-Fairfield boys basketball team plays as efficiently as it did Monday night, it’ll be extremely tough to eliminate.

The eighth-seeded Lancers shot 66 percent in the first half, en route to a 79-57 win over No. 25 Hyde Leadership in the first round of the Class M Tournament at Rielly Auditorium.

“We played very well,” Notre Dame coach Vin Laczkoski said. “It was a tremendous game.”

Earl Coleman led the Lancers with 24 points along with six rebounds. Dan Upchurch scored eight points, adding 15 assists as Notre Dame improved to 17-6 overall — putting its SWC-semifinal loss to Bethel behind it.

“We came out with a mindset,” Coleman said. “Our last game was against Bethel and we lost. We gathered the team and said ’let’s come out strong.’”

The Lancers will meet No. 9 Bloomfield in Wednesday’s second round in Fairfield.

“It’s survive and advance,” Laczkoski said. “We want to make sure we have our legs for Wednesday night.”

Hyde senior Nate Griffin scored 13 points. The Howling Wolves finished their year 10-11.

Coleman scored 17 first-half points, as the Lancers broke the game open early. Notre Dame closed the first quarter with a 12-0 run over 2:18, building a 25-12 lead after one.

After the Howling Wolves scored the second quarter’s first five points, they fell cold shooting. Hyde shot just 10-for-34 (29 percent) in the first half.

“When you rely on a lot of threes, it’s hard,” Laczkoski said. “We did what we were supposed to do.”

The Lancers used those opportunities to get transition baskets, with Upchurch spearheading the charge. Hyde tried to defend the Lancers’ all-conference guard with a box-and-one, and Upchurch found Coleman, Jaylen Jennings and Kevin Laing for layups, building a 26-point second-quarter lead.

“They were too worried about me scoring, so they pressed me,” Upchurch said. “But it really didn’t work. Everybody stepped up.”

Jennings finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Laing scored 14 points with six boards before fouling out.

“They really really played well,” Laczkoski said. “They did what they had to do ... I’m very proud of Jaylen and Kevin.”

ppickens@bcnnew.com; twitter.com/Pat_Pickens

Class M first round

HYDE (10-11)

Malaik Suggs 2 0-2 5 Sunday Okuneye 0 0-0 0 Adam Beaton 0 0-0 0 Rashaan Boyd-Givens 3 0-0 6 Charles Tyson 0 0-0 0 Nate Griffin 5 2-3 13 Tracy Ray 3 3-4 9 Joseph Andino 0 0-0 0 Aaron Sells 1 2-2 5 Charles Simms 0 0-2 0 Eric Teixeira 4 0-0 12 Christopher Maddox 0 2-2 2 Jabari Tinney 1 0-0 2 Jonathan Falero 1 0-0 3. Totals: 20 9-17 57.

ND-FAIRFIELD (17-6)

CJ Davison 2 2-2 6 Earl Coleman 11 2-3 24 Dan Upchurch 3 2-2 8 Jake Heaton 3 0-2 7 Jordan Pettway 1 2-2 4 Jesse McIntosh 1 0-0 3 Jaylen Jennings 4 0-1 8 Tajik Bagley 1 0-0 2 Raphael Torres 0 0-0 0 Kevin Laing 6 2-2 14 Robert Ceballos 0 2-2 2 Justin Federici 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 12-16 79.

HYDE12 11 11 23—57

ND-FAIRFIELD25 24 12 18—79

3-pointers: H—Teixeira 4, Griffin, Sells, Suggs, Falero; NDF—Coleman, McIntosh.

Fouled out: NDF—Laing.

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