Boys basketball: St. Joseph wins fifth FCIAC game in a row
St. Joseph won its fifth consecutive FCIAC boys basketball game with a 63-58 decision over Bridgeport Central at Vito Montelli Court in Trumbull on Monday.
“They’ve been playing very well together,” St. Joseph head coach Chris Watts said. “We have the right guys on the team — our decision makers — making plays. I think as a whole we have a lot of players coming out of nowhere shooting the basketball very well.”
The Cadets are now 9-10 overall, with a road game at Trinity Catholic in Stamford on Wednesday.
Central is winless in 19 starts and will play Westhill in its finale.
St. Joseph took a 17-10 lead after one period, with Pat Morrissey scoring seven points, Jordan Ireland six and Will Quigley chipping in with four points, three assists and three rebounds.
Ireland kept the Senior Night crowd buzzing with an acrobatic move and finish to take the score to 19-10, before the Hilltoppers rallied behind Keysone Washington and Raquan Rilley.
St. Joseph’s Omar Telfer made three free throws after getting fouled shooting from distance, but Washington’s runner tied the game at 27 going into the third quarter.
Joe Lucy went off for the Cadets after intermission, as the senior sharpshooter netted all 10 of his points to help St. Joseph to a 52-40 advantage.
Telfer and Josh Reaves had two hoops each and Jack Moulder and Camren Menefee had baskets.
St. Joseph scored on its first three possessions of the final period to take the score to 58-44.
Coach Barry McLeod’s Hilltoppers twice cut the deficit to six points and drew within 63-59 on Sam Payton’s putback basket with 8.1 remaining.
Telfer scored 12 points, Lucy and Menefee 10 each, Ireland and Reaves eight apiece and Quigley seven.
Central was led by Jordan Edmonds with 13, eight coming in the fourth quarter. Tyrese Spooner scored nine and Dashon Rilley and Raquan Rilley had eight points each.