Brien McMahon of Norwalk isn’t an easy team to defend, so St. Joseph had to choose its poison when it came to trying to stop the Senators when they came to Trumbull for an FCIAC boys basketball game at the Vito Montelli Court on Monday.
“We were looking to make a wall around the paint and make them shoot over the top,” St. Joseph head coach Chris Watts said after his team’s 84-73 victory. “They shoot well, but the percentages are better (for the Cadets) when they don’t get the ball on the block.”
Omar Telfer scored 25 points, Joe Lucy 19, Camren Menefee and Josh Reaves 12 points each and Jack Moulder eight for the Cadets.
With the win, St. Joseph improved to 4-7, with home games this week with Westhill of Stamford (Wednesday) and Ridgefield (Friday) with tip-off at 7 p.m.
McMahon, led offensively by Jahmerikah Green-Younger, David Civil, Eric Day and Anthony Burden, is now 10-3.
The Cadets took a 23-16 lead after one quarter, despite losing Telfer, who had eight of their 10 points, to a third foul at the 4:21 mark of the period. Lucy and then Moulder off the bench hit 3-pointers. Reaves, a freshman, took over point guard duties and had two assists and a pair of baskets in the frame.
Green-Younger hit back-to-back treys to open the second period, but St. Joseph stuck to its plan and the Senators missed their next five treys in the quarter.
The Cadets, who opened the game scoring on 5-of-6 possessions, duplicated the feat in the second stanza to stake themselves to a 35-24 lead with 5:27 left in the half. Menefee and Lucy were the main contributors on the scoreboard, but Tim Dineen, Chandler Hutcherson, Patrick Morrissey, Tommy Montelli, Will Quigley and Alec Pelletier all played their part.
Civil hit consecutive buckets for McMahon, but in the final two minutes, Lucy drained another 3-pointer and made a brace of free throws to give St. Joseph a 46-33 lead at the half. It was 67-54 after three.