NVL boys semifinals: Greyhounds purpose at ultimate whereas Hearts stay excellent


The No. 3 Naugatuck boys basketball workforce will meet a well-recognized foe in Wednesday’s NVL semifinal recreation.


For the third time this season, the Greyhounds go up in opposition to second-seeded St. Paul (6 p.m. tip). The groups cut up their common season matchups, with both sides profitable at dwelling. The Falcons are the house workforce this time round.

“It is vitally tough to play up there, particularly with this very gifted and disciplined ballclub,” Greyhounds’ coach Mike Wilson stated. “Coach (Steve) Phelps does an amazing job and I might be mendacity in not saying that we’re disenchanted with the three seed that was bestowed upon us, as a result of coach Phelps doesn’t lose too many video games on his dwelling courtroom.”

Wilson stated Phelps is a “legend who doesn’t get spoken about sufficient.”

Not like the primary assembly at St. Paul, a 70-63 loss, Naugatuck has senior Rob Sanders to together with juniors Avery Hinnant and Ese Onakpoma.

Sanders transferred again from Durant Excessive College in Florida after their season concluded. Sanders performed within the second recreation in opposition to St. Paul, a 63-49 Naugatuck win. It’ll take extra than simply Sanders for the Greyhounds to be victorious.

“We’ve to be basically sound and play as a workforce to win at St. Paul,” Wilson stated.





The take a look at that awaits the fourth-seeded Seymour boys basketball workforce in its NVL semifinal is a troublesome one.

The Wildcats get top-seeded and undefeated Sacred Coronary heart at Alumni Corridor.

“Sacred Coronary heart is a really gifted workforce, as all the time,” Seymour coach Joe Carrafiello stated. “It’s essential that we proceed to do the issues which have made us profitable all through this season.”

That formulation consists of limiting turnovers, being deliberate on each possession, and preserving the Hearts off the offensive glass. Sacred Coronary heart has an entire bunch of peak and size, together with seven-footer Connor Tierney, six-foot-six wing Johnny Pierce, six-foot-four guard Quentin Duncan and others, so limiting further pictures is a should.

“This can be a problem that we’re trying ahead to,” Carrafiello stated, “as these youngsters give me every part they’ve each night time they take the courtroom. They’re a fantastic group of younger males who realized from day one which they got a possibility throughout these robust instances and to not take that with no consideration.”

Any scoring assist Seymour may give senior standout Dion Perkins would go a great distance towards serving to the Wildcats.

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