WESTPORT, Conn. Led by the smothering defensive performances of Patrick Ryan and Brien Comey, the Greens Farms Academy boys basketball team emerged from Greenwich with a 54-45 win over Brunswick on Saturday evening. Ryan handcuffed Brunswicks All-Conference shooter Devin Mehra, holding him to just one basket. Comey went toe-to-toe with Ivy League prospect 6-foot-9 Billy Murphy while grabbing 11 rebounds and scoring six points.
Brunswick tried a couple of different zone defense schemes early. The Dragons Tremont Waters (nine points and eight assists), Hunter Eggers, Kam Mickens and Christian Papic shot them out of that strategy. Eggers thrived in his home ZIP code of Greenwich, scoring nine, assisting on four and pulling down five rebounds.
This forced Brunswick to go to a man-to-man scheme. That's when Sean Obi went to work, scoring 20 points, while pulling down 19 rebounds good for another double-double for the junior. Freshman Zach Baines and senior Will Pavlis were also impressive, matching up against Brunswick players who are seven inches taller and 70 pounds bigger.
Brunswick had only 13 points at the half but rallied back to take a brief lead, 42-41. That comeback zapped the life back into the Dragons, as Greens Farms countered with a strong finish.
They made a terrific second-half run at us, Greens Farms head coach Doug Scott said. I was pleased with the way that we stood right back up and retook control of the game.
Murphy led the scoring for Brunswick, tallying 13 points. The Dragons kept the rest of the Brunswick roster out of double-digits, with Bradley Seaton and Nick Kono adding eight points each for the Bruins.
Greens Farms Academy (2-1) continues its busy start with at a nonleague game at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., at 5 p.m. Monday.
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