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Carver Center 6th-Graders Defeat Darien

Carver Center coach Brent Green likes the way his sixth-grade basketball team is playing as it enters the homestretch of the season. His team put together one of its best efforts of the season Sunday in a 42-24 win over Darien YMCA White in a nonleague Fairfield County Basketball League game.

"We like where we are,'' Green said after Carver (12-1 overall, 7-1 in the league) dominated from start to finish against a solid Darien team. "Hopefully we will win a trophy at the end of the season."

Deandre Russell scored 14 points, including 10 in the first half, to lead Carver. Ty Bowman added 11.

Carver bolted out of the box, scoring six quick points to start the game and prompting Darien to call a timeout. Carver continued to apply defensive pressure and built a 13-4 lead after one quarter and was up 28-14 at halftime. Russell had eight points in the second quarter, converting several times in transition.

"Normally, we come out with a 1-2-1 press,'' Green said. "We didn't use the press today, but we came out with a trip. We didn't need to go to the press."

Carver has a balanced lineup, which will make it one of the favorites in next month's playoffs. Point guard Tyrique Langley (six points) is a floor leader, and Pete Kotulskey (three points) gives the team a strong inside presence. Tre Razor, Armani Sawyer, Jordan Smith, Armani Sawyer, A.J. Greene and Sebastian Correa also made contributions in Sunday's win. The team is comprised of sixth-grade boys, with one fifth-grader. It finished second in last year's league tournament.

Carver's only loss is a 62-48 setback to Westport on Dec. 18. It will take a 10-game winning streak into Saturday's game against Darien YMCA Blue.

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