Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball falls to McMahon
In its opening night game at Brien McMahon, the Fairfield Ludlowe boys basketball team was looking to work hard and get a positive result.
The Falcons did the former, but could not generate the latter.
McMahon outscored Ludlowe 33-24 in the second and third quarter as the Senators opened up a 17-point lead and held on to win 62-50 on Wednesday night at Brien McMahon High School.
"We worked very, very hard," Ludlowe head coach Brian Silvestro said. "I thought the team, from beginning to end, never quit and that is a very good sign."
McMahon was led by Tikari Smalls who scored 14 points, and grabbed six rebounds and had four steals as the highly-touted Senators improved to 1-0.
"I thought we did a reasonably good job on him," Silvestro said of Smalls. "They're a good team."
Ludlowe will play again on Friday night in its home opener against Bridgeport Central at 7 p.m.
Despite falling behind, 8-2 in the opening quarter, Krumins kept the Falcons in the game early with seven of his 18 in the first quarter to keep the score within 10-7. Bentivegna's 3-pointer at the beginning of the second tied the score at 10. Ludlowe stayed within 20-17 after a 3-pointer by Mark Cerulli with 5:11 left in the second. Cerulli scored eight points and was a bright spot for Ludlowe.
"I was very happy with [Cerulli]," Silvestro said. "No varsity experience and he had a lot of composure tonight."
However, the Senators went running away after that. McMahon outscored Ludlowe 21-7 over the next 11 minutes of game action, between the second and third quarters, that put the Senators up 41-24. McMahon used athletic ability and a swarming press defense to force the inexperienced Ludlowe team into turnovers and get easy hoops.
"We could have executed better against the press," Silvestro said. "We had some trouble holding onto the ball and making the right read and the right pass.
"I think there is some inexperience there, but those guys have a little more experience now."
Ludlowe cut the deficit as close as 11 on several occasions, but could not stop McMahon at the other end. Magny Bottex scored seven of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to pace McMahon in the final frame.
Silvestro, coaching his first ever varsity game, could take solace in the fact that his team competed and kept the game within striking distance in the fourth quarter.
"I was proud of the fact that despite the big deficits, we fought back and outcome was still in doubt in the fourth quarter," Silvestro said.