A busy week of games begins Monday for the Greenwich High School boys basketball team, which visits Norwalk for a 6 p.m. FCIAC matchup.
The Cardinals head into the road game with a record of 5-2 after splitting its two games on the road this week – defeating Fairfield Ludlowe, then losing to Staples.
Greenwich raised its record to 5-1 with a 49-31 win over host Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday. Junior guard Logan Galletta scored a season-high 22 points to power the Cardinals past the Falcons. Senior center Chason Barber scored 11 points and grabbed a team-best 14 rebounds, while senior guard James Pilc totaled seven points, nine assists and four steals for the Cardinals.
“That was one of those wins that the boys don’t appreciate, because a lot of them are unaware of how tough it is to go to Fairfield Ludlowe and win,” GHS coach Todd Trimmer said. “Ludlowe has always been a tough place to win and they are an athletic, strong-will teamed. I told the kids on the bus what a great win it was for us. That’s a great win and that’s going to be an even win in three or four weeks when we see what Fairfield does this season.”
Greenwich whose other victories came against Joel Barlow, Prince Prep, Achievement First and Brien McMahon, experienced its second loss of the season when it dropped a 74-61 decision to Staples in Westport on Friday night.
“It was a tough loss for us, we knew going into it that this was a game people were paying attention to,” Trimmer said. “We came out to a 9-0 lead and had some energy. But we made some mental mistakes. It was kind of a perfect storm. We lapses on defense and we shot 18 percent from 3-point range – we didn’t shoot the ball well.”
Foul shooting also hurt Greenwich, as it converted just 7 of its 17 free throw attempts. Galletta poured in 17 points, Barber scored 12 points, junior guard Dean Brown added 10 points and Pilc chipped in seven points for the Cardinals (2-1 FCIAC play).
Senior Ryan Phelps propelled the Wreckers, tallying a game-high 30 points, including a 10 for 12 shooting performance from the foul line. He made eight of his 10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. Derek Sale a senior, posted 16 points for Staples, which upped its mark to 6-2 with its third straight triumph.
“They played unbelievably well,” Trimmer said of Staples. “On defense, at every position they were strong, when we’re playing well, that’s the kind of defense we play.”
Greenwich hopes to get back on the winning track against Norwalk, which is 2-5 and seeking to snap a four-game losing streak.
“We are 5-2 on the season and off to a good start,” Trimmer said. “We have done a lot of good things through the first seven games of the season.”
Following their game against Norwalk, the Cardinals will visit Fairfield Warde on Thursday, then host non-conference foe Hamden on Saturday.