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Stamford puts it all together in win over Staples

STAMFORD -- If and when the Stamford High Black Knights realize that they are indeed good enough to be winning big, they might really be dangerous.

In Tuesday's 77-60 FCIAC boys basketball victory over Staples at Kuczo Gym, the Knights showed how well they can shoot, pass, rebound and play defense. Now if they can just get to feel more comfortable blowing teams out.

"I can't figure it out," SHS coach Dan Melzer said. The Knights, who were led by sophomore Jay DeVito's 27 points, jumped to a 19-3 lead but were suddenly in a 32-27 ballgame just before halftime. "We've done it so many times. I think we just get excited when we get a big lead but really good teams should expect to be winning big. We have to keep our foot on the pedal."

Tuesday's game went from a 16-point SHS lead down to 5, up to 31, and then back down to 17. But there were too many positives from this game to harp on the negative.

"When we share and get everyone involved, this is what happens," Melzer said of his team's overall effort. "We have a lot of guys who can score and they feed off each other."

The Knights (9-4, 8-3) made 29 of 49 shots overall, outrebounded the Wreckers 29-17, forced 15 turnovers and committed just nine. DeVito was red-hot, draining all four of his 3-point attempts in the third quarter when the Knights made 10 of 12 shots from the field.

"When they shoot it like that they can give any team a lot of trouble," Staples coach Colin Devine said. "We made a good comeback but shot ourselves in the foot too often. And then they really turned it on in the third quarter. They caught fire."

DeVito nearly offset a sensational shooting night by David Katz of Staples. Katz made eight 3-pointers and finished with 33 points, but DeVito made 9 of 13 shots from the field and outscored the Staples guard 12-11 in the decisive third quarter after Stamford took a 37-28 lead into halftime.

"We don't call DeVito `Jimmer' for nothing," Melzer said, referring to former BYU shooting star Jimmer Fredette.

James Gronberg, Kweshon Askew and Kenny Wright all added 11 points for the Knights.

It looked as if the Black Knights were going to blow the Wreckers out in the first few minutes, racing out to a 19-3 lead behind DeVito and Askew. But led by Katz, the Wreckers went on a 12-2 run and late were within five late in the second quarter.

But Stamford began the second half the same way they started the game. Led By DeVito, the Knights made their first seven shots (five 3-pointers) of the third quarter to take a 56-35 lead, which became 72-41 early in the final period.

STAMFORD 77, STAPLES 60

STAPLES (3-11, 2-10 FCIAC) Read Full Article 

Jake Melnick 0 2-2 2; Harry Kohn 0 0-1 0; David Katz 9 7-8 33; Nick Esposito 3 0-0 6; Darryle Wiggins 2 3-4 7; Todd Goldstein 4 1-3 9; Ben Casperius 1 0-0 2; Zach Feinstein 0 0-0 0; John Seideman 0 1-2 2. Totals: 19-38 14-20 60

STAMFORD (9-4, 8-3)

Kweshon Askew 5 1-5 11; Rich Benoit 0 0-0 0; Gianni Carwin 2 2-2 7; Jay DeVito 9 4-4 27; James Gronberg 4 0-0 11; Yan Carlos Marte 0 0-0 0; Ancel Nevers 2 2-3 6; Jack Rakoczy 1 0-0 2; Kenny Wright 5 0-1 11; Whens Dethers 1 0-0 2; John Odoom 0 0-0 0; Andrew Antoine 0 0-0 0; Stefan Harding 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-49 9-15 77

STAPLES 10 18 13 19--60

STAMFORD 21 16 26 14--77

3-pointers: STAP--Katz 8; STAM--DeVito 5, Kronberg 3, Carwin, Wright.

Highlights: STAP--Melnick 5 assists; STAM--Wright 7 rebounds, Askew 6 rebounds, DeVito 6 rebounds, 4 steals.

Emery Filmer

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