Basketball: Notre Dame defeats Sacred Heart to win state title

Tyler Bourne scored 30 points and coach Chris Watts’ Notre Dame of Fairfield boys basketball team defeated Sacred Heart of Waterbury, 65-60, to win the CIAC Division I championship at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday night.

Second-seeded Notre Dame completed a perfect 27-0 season, as Bourne made a pair of free throws and the Lancers clinging to a 63-60 lead with 13 seconds remaining.

Bourne had seven assists.

No. 4 seed Sacred Heart, which defeated ND in the last two state tournament finals, finished 21-3.

The Lancers’ Noreaga Davis scored 14 points with 12 rebounds.

Josh Reaves had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Raheem Solomon scored 33 points and had 12 rebounds for the Hearts.

Bourne scored 13 points in the final period, as Notre Dame overcame a 45-43 deficit.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard made consecutive 3-pointers to put the Lancers in front 50-48.

Solomon, who scored the Hearts’ last eight points of the third quarter, knocked down a triple of his own and had a tip-in bucket at the 3:18 mark of the fourth.

Davis scored off a Bourne assist, Damion Medwinter had a bucket, and Woodley Monnexant’s key offensive board resulted in a Davis freebie that took the score to 59-55 with 1:59 remaining.

Reaves’ layup made it 61-57.

After Medwinter rebounded a Sacred Heart miss, Bourne went to the stripe and converted a pair with 33 seconds on the clock.

Solomon’s 3-pointer made it a one-possession game, before Bourne made his second pair from the line.

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