Beaten at the buzzer. That’s the disappointing fate Greenwich’s boys basketball team experienced Saturday afternoon against Daniel Hand.
With the score tied with just a few seconds remaining, the Tigers inbounded the ball at the baseline under their own basket. Coming off a screen, junior Hudson Geremia caught the pass on the right wing approximately 30 feet from the basket. He quickly put up a shot and swish – nothing but net.
Geremia’s 3-pointer lifted host Daniel Hand to a 47-44 win over Greenwich in an exciting non-conference matchup. Greenwich (1-1), which defeated Joel Barlow in its season-opener on Friday, came back from an 11-point deficit and took a three-point lead with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Hand knotted the score with a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left. The Cardinals couldn’t score on the ensuing possession, giving the Tigers a chance to set up for Geremia’s game-winning shot, which saw him quickly catch-and-shoot on his long 3-pointer.
“Like Joel Barlow, we started off very slow out of the gates,” said Greenwich coach Todd Trimmer, whose squad was slowed down by turnovers. “Slow starts and having to play catch-up is not where we want to be.”
Senior center Chason Barber scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first half. Barber did a lot of damage in the second quarter, scoring eight points. James Pilc, a senior guard, scored 14 points, all of which came in the second half, for the Cardinals. He helped fuel Greenwich’s comeback, making two 3-pointers in the second half.
Dean Brown, a senior guard, added four points, while sophomore Jonathan Brennan, a guard, converted a 3-pointer for three points for the Cardinals (1-1). Junior Logan Galletta, junior Dominic DeLuca and junior Jack Quinn each had two points for Greenwich, which plays at the Prince Tech Holiday Tournament Dec. 28-29. Greenwich’s first home game is on Jan. 8 against Brien McMahon.
Daniel Hand improved to 2-0 with the buzzer-beater victory. The Tigers opened their season with a 61-35 win over Foran.
“We need to find our edge and grit, or it’s going to be a long year,” Trimmer said.