WESTPORT, Conn. When the Greens Farms and Brunswick boys basketball teams tangle, it is usually a defensive affair. The Dragons and the Bruins took it to another level Saturday evening in front of Greens Farms Pack the House crowd.
Sean Obi set a new Greens Farms Academy single-game record with 30 rebounds and added a game-high 14 points. Matt Tate broke his own assists record with 11. Greens Farms neutralized Brunswicks pair of big men, Billy Murphy and Bradley Seaton, as the Dragons muscled their way to a defensive victory, 51-40.
When two big, physical teams play in front of a huge crowd, defense wins, Greens Farms head coach Doug Scott said. Last year when we played this game, the score was in the 30s. Both sides play hard, and shooters arent necessarily pumping with all the noise.
The conference rivals played rough, leading to a technical foul for each team. Referees twice had to stop play to give the players a talking-to in an effort to avoid escalated altercations.
Brunswick struggled to knock down any outside shots to mount a second-half comeback, coming up 0-for-7 in three-point attempts in the final 16 minutes. But Greens Farms made the most of its offensive opportunities.
Hunter Eggers, Brian Comey and Patrick Ryan each came alive in the second half, combining for 18 points and helping secure the victory. Eggers was second on the team with 13 points.
I give Sean a lot of credit for not getting into foul trouble tonight which is something weve been working on. And thats tough when hes going up against a kid [Seaton] whos going to Villanova to play football, Scott said. Playing against teams like this is fun because they actually play us man-to-man. We really see what were made of.
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