After taking down perennial basketball powerhouses Bassick and Stamford, Brien McMahon didnt expect much of a fight from Staples on Tuesday night in Westport. Staples had other plans.
The Wreckers handed the Senators their first loss of the season in which they had run off five straight wins. Poor free throw shooting and sloppy passing doomed the McMahon attack as Staples stunned the Senators, 67-54.
"We came out real lackadaisical tonight, but really and truly, Staples came out and executed on both sides of the ball," McMahon head coach Mo Tomlin said. "The amount of turnovers we had is definitely something we're not accustomed to."
The Senators seemed on their way to another win after bolting out to a 21-13 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of three-pointers each by Tyler Schular and Ti McRae. Then the wheels came flying off.
Staples opened the second quarter with an explosive 16-1 run, outpacing McMahon at their own speed passing game. With every Wreckers basket, the Senators got sloppier. McMahon still held a 33-32 advantage at halftime, but that would be their last lead of the night. Luke Yeager led the charge for Staples, which outscored the Senators 35-21 in the second half. Yeager finished with a game-high 23 points. The Wreckers employed a solid man-to-man defense that frustrated the McMahon offense in the final 16 minutes.
McRae and Tikari Smalls tied for the team lead with 12 points. McMahon struggled from the free throw line, shooting only 9-for-21.
"I think this game will be a wakeup call for us, more than anything," Tomlin said. "I think my guys just kind of took the night off. It wasn't anything we hadn't seen before. I really believe we'll rebound strong from this game, though."
McMahon will have to bounce back quickly with a huge matchup against Trinity Catholic looming on Friday evening in Norwalk.
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