Tarpey's career-night lifts Fairfield Prep in rout of East Haven
If the Fairfield Prep boys basketball team's performance on Friday night was and indication of how it plans to play the rest of the year, the state of Connecticut ought to look out, especially for the Jesuits' junior guard Terry Tarpey.
Tarpey scored a career-high 33 points and added 14 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist for good measure as Prep rolled by East Haven, 88-55 on Friday night at Alumni Hall.
"I had a lot of rest, and was looking to have fun," Tarpey said.
"We were relaxed," Bier said. "And we played much better."
Prep took control of the game right from the start, as Prep opened up on a 12-2 run, led by baskets from four different players. East Haven never closed the deficit any closer in the game than seven after that. Prep closed the quarter with a 18-4 spurt which led to a 32-11 advantage after a quarter.
"They've picked up their defense," Prep coach LeoRedgate said. "I'm proud of the whole team."
The Jesuits showed off their athleticism in the second quarter, especially from Tarpey. The junior slammed home two of his three dunks in the second quarter, including a highlight-reel alley-oop from Bier which came in the midst of a 12-0 run.
"In practice we've tried and it never works," Tarpey said. "That was the first time it's worked."
Prep capped its near perfect half with a bit of luck. Senior guard Justin Thompson banked in a shot from just inside half court to give the Jesuits a 57-30 halftime lead.
"If we play the way we're capable of playing, I don't think it matters who we play," Redgate said. "I think we're a very, very tough team to beat."
The Jesuits had their entire varsity team see action and had 10 different players record baskets for the game.
"It's definitely a lot more relaxing," Bier said.
"We wanted to get a lot of guys in this game," Tarpey said.
Tarpey followed his outburst with 18 points the next night as the Jesuits held off Amity, 57-50 for their fourth straight win.
The Jesuits will host Cheshire on senior night on Friday at Alumni Hall at 7 p.m.