Lancers lose in SWC boys basketball final

Jake Heaton (11) scored 25 points for Notre Dame in its SWC final. (Photo by David G. Whitham)

Jake Heaton (11) scored 25 points for Notre Dame in its SWC final.
(Photo by David G. Whitham)

The Notre Dame of Fairfield boys basketball team didn’t play well enough to stretch its winning streak to 13 games, when the Lancers lost to Bunnell High, 75-58, in the South-West Conference finals held at Weston High on Friday night.

Bunnell (19-4), the top seed, took a 15-4 lead after one quarter over the second-seeded Lancers (17-6), pushed it to 41-20 at the half and held a 62-33 advantage after three periods.

“It’s what you’d call an old-fashioned butt kicking,” Notre Dame head coach Vin Laczkoski said. “When you shoot the way we did did to start the game (you’re not going to win). I don’t think we made a jump shot in that first quarter.”

When asked about his team’s mindset, Laczkoski said, “They were teenagers tonight…They (Bunnell) went after us.. It’s part of life and we’ll have to deal with it.”

Among Notre Dame’s victims during their regular season closing stretch, was Bunnell, who dropped a 67-56 decision to Notre Dame on Feb. 16. That snapped the Bulldogs’ 14 game win streak.

“We rebounded and we got out and ran,” Bunnell High head coach Pat Yerina said. “We wanted to stop their drives, rebound, then get out and go. We always want to play (well) for 32 minutes, and except for a couple spots in the third quarter, we did that.”

Notre Dame’s Jake Heaton (25 points) and Jordan Pettway (16 points) were named to the all-tournament team.
Bunnell’s Ryan Pittman was game MVP after scoring 22 points. The other Bulldogs on the all-tourney team were Donte’ Peeler (14 points) and Aaron Samuel (11 points).

Heaton brought the Lancers back from a 21-9 deficit, even while teammate Jesse McIntosh had to leave the game with an injured knee with six-plus minutes remaining in the half.

McIntosh returned to score on a drive before permanently taking to the bench at the 3:34 mark of the second quarter.

When poked, the Bulldogs responded. Pittman buried a 3-pointer, Peeler scored after a Pittman steal and dazzling dish with two minutes remaining in the half.

Heaton and Pettway scored seven points each in the second period.

Notre Dame’s C.J. Davidson knocked down a 3-pointer after a couple of Heaton free throws in the first few minutes of the third quarter, but Bunnell’s Rashaad Spain hit a long-range jumper.

Heaton kept attacking the rim and was rewarded with four made freebies to open the final frame, only Bunnell kept pace with a Peeler breakaway and a Pittman up-and-under move that brought him two points.

Pettway went off here, following a 3-pointer with a pair of buckets a minute and a half later to cut the deficit to 70-51  on a three-point play with 3:22 showing on the clock.

“Ryan Pittman and their seniors deserve all the accolades in the world,” Laczkoski said. “The good news is we get two days to practice before we play Windham Tech (Monday at home in a first-round state tournament game).”

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